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May 31, 2014 - Filed under: Features — Harriet

Items from the Edwardian era can often be quite difficult to spot, and this is especially the case for antique furniture.

The period, which started in (more…)

- Filed under: Antiques News — David

One man from New Mexico may have realised the dream of antiques collectors everywhere, as he recently discovered that a bottle he purchased for $4 (£2.30) may be valued for a lot more.

The glass item is believed to be more than (more…)

May 30, 2014 - Filed under: Antiques News — Richard

A collection of memorabilia from the Ringtons Tea Company in the northeast of England has been valued ahead of a fund-raiser.

The Vintage Rothbury event, which has (more…)

May 29, 2014 - Filed under: Features — Mark

Antique furniture in the modern home is becoming an increasingly popular feature across the country. Rather than buying antique pieces to admire or purely as an investment, collectors are selecting items that will be functional in their daily lives. Although antique furniture was made to last for many years, it requires care and consideration to keep it looking its best.

Antique furniture and the atmosphere

Direct heat and humidity levels can affect vintage furniture, more often than not causing damage that may not always be repairable. When you consider where to place your piece of furniture, don’t position it too close to a radiator or fireplace. The heat may cause the wood to shrink and split, which may be worse with veneer. If antique furniture is suddenly placed into a centrally heated room following years of being stored in a cool room, the wood may split and damage could be caused to the surface.

The humidity of a space may also cause damage, especially if the air is particularly dry. Air dried timber was mainly used to make antique furniture and this has a high moisture content, unlike today’s modern furniture. The dry atmosphere draws the moisture away from the material and into the surrounding air, leaving the wood dry and prone to splitting. To counteract this problem, you could consider a humidifier, or even placing bowls of water around the room.

Many problems occur due to dry air, including joints becoming loose as the glues dry out, doors becoming warped, preventing them from closing, and drawers sticking.

To prevent some of these problems, place a barrier between a source of heat and the furniture.

The sunlight may be a welcome addition for most people, but it can cause damage to vintage items. Position your antique bedroom furniture, or other pieces, out of direct sunlight. Although gentle exposure to sun over a long period of time can result in a mellowing of the colour, harsh exposure will cause uneven fading and may even dry the wood out.

Polishing antique furniture

Spray polishes should never be used on antique furniture, as it contains silicon which, along with the spirit contained in the polish, can strip wood of its natural oils and create a sticky build-up of residue.

Most furniture, like walnut bedroom furniture, just needs buffing with a clean soft cloth on a regular basis. A couple of times a year, you should apply polish that is beeswax based to the furniture. Ideally, leave this overnight and then the following day use a soft cloth to polish the item.

General care of antique furniture

Care should be taken when moving pieces of antique furniture, especially heavy items like antique sofas, as dragging across a room could cause the legs or feet to become loose or to even damage the frame. Lift the item correctly, without holding the arm of a chair or any other place that may be delicate.

The correct care of antique furniture will ensure that it lasts in your home for many years.

- Filed under: Auctions — Harriet

A new record has been set by the sale of a joystick used on an Apollo space mission.

The joystick was just one item from the (more…)

May 28, 2014 - Filed under: Antiques News — David

Wayne Bradshaw from Tulsa, Oklahoma, was recently reunited with a unique piece of clothing that he had not seen for almost 40 years.

The baseball letterman jacket had been lost years earlier, only to be discovered (more…)

May 27, 2014 - Filed under: Antique Furniture — Mark

Although At Auction in Clemenceau, Beirut, usually deals in artwork, its recent sale of European antique furniture was considered to have went off without a hitch.

The auction group’s premises were rearranged to (more…)

May 26, 2014 - Filed under: Features — Harriet

Vintage furniture is becoming increasingly popular in modern homes, with the availability of various styles, fabrics and types of wood making antique sofas an ideal choice.

However, the addition of an (more…)

- Filed under: Antiques News — Mark

A decorative blanket that appeared on the popular US-version of Antiques Roadshow is now part of a display at a Minneapolis gallery.

The Native American blanket was valued at (more…)

May 24, 2014 - Filed under: Auctions — Mark

A couple from Quebec have recently discovered that a painting they bought for $2 is actually worth around $20,000 (£12,000).

The painting was purchased at a yard sale in 2013, but is now (more…)

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