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How To Value Antiques Like An Appraiser

Tuesday, February 16th, 2021
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Makers marks

Many times there are certain marks on an antique that will help you determine the value of it. Whether it’s a signature or a certain way it was made, there’s many things that can tell you where it came from. Finding out if the item has any makers marks will help you to also find out some history of the piece, which could possibly make it worth more.

Items condition

The condition of the item is very important when it comes to determining the value of the piece. You will need to check for things such as:

  • Chips
  • Wear and tear
  • Cracks
  • Stains
  • Any missing components

These things can all help you decide whether the piece is “like new” or in “mint condition”. All of which will determine the value.


The more rare an item is, the more valuable it will be. Pieces such as original paintings will have more value due to how they won’t be recreated in the same way. Even when a piece has a crack or a chip, if it is extremely rare, then there is still high value to the piece. All things that are original, there is only one of, or they are just hard to find in general are all things that hold their value.


The value of the piece mostly lies in the market demand, not necessarily the age of it. While older items are usually what is being sold at an auction, that isn’t always the case. So when you are figuring out if you’d like to sell your piece, it is important to find out whether or not there is actually a demand for it.


To determine the value of your piece, you need to know if it is authentic. People will try to recreate high value items so that they can sell it. Authentic items will have a much higher value and demand. If you aren’t sure if it is authentic, it is best to take it to an expert to find all of the history on the piece.


A lot of older pieces will have been restored in some way or another. Restoration doesn’t always mean that the item will be worth less, it could sometimes make the value higher.

Trash or treasure

While a lot of antique buyers have their own interests, there are still some things that can determine whether the item is trash or treasure. This also has a lot to do with the rarity and condition of the item. If it is so beat up that you can’t tell where it came from or when it was made, there won’t be much value in the piece. It is also important to find out if there is a demand for the piece which could definitely make it a treasure to some people.

Expert advice

When determining the value of a piece, it is important to consult with an expert. This can be helpful as they can help you understand all of the previous aspects of the item. You should have them look at your item so they can find out all of the background information on the item. This info is vital since it can help determine the rarity and the demand for said item.

Comparable value

To determine the value of your item, do some research on similar items that are for sale. If your item is in better condition, it might be worth more. It could also be worth more if there are little to no other items like it.

Wanting to know more?

If you want to schedule an auction or attend an auction to find your most wanted antiques, you can visit our upcoming auctions. If you have any questions about any of the information you can contact us at 806-244-6776 or send us an