Whenever you buy or inherit a piece of antique furniture, as well as the superb craftsmanship and beautiful patinas, you will also acquire a piece of history. The Antique Trader Blog recently reported on new network television programmes around New York and New Jersey that will focus particularly on good stories behind antiques being brought to the shows. As we know from programmes like the Antiques Roadshow, Flog It! and Cash in the Attic, although programming tends to focus on the value of items brought forward, pieces are often chosen because of their historical interest and origins. Some pieces have good provenances where families can trace antiques back many years; some items are literally dug up often out of people’s back gardens; and others picked up for pennies at car boot sales and charity shops. Although the British public is fascinated by the high prices that some items can fetch, there has always been that added interest in the artefact itself being part of our precious British heritage and the fact that these pieces of history have survived to tell the tale.
Sitting in a solid oak antique carver at a particularly old refectory table is not just about eating dinner, it’s all about knowing that you are only one in a long line of people who have enjoyed the comfort and beauty of these wonderful old pieces of furniture. By stroking the arms of your chair, you too are adding to its patina and its history.
When buying antique furniture, remember that you are also buying a piece of history. So when looking for that particular antique dining table in Lancashire , ask the dealers for the full extent of any information they have, then the table automatically becomes part of your history as well.
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