Many Lancashire antique traders are familiar with modern technology such as iPads and smartphones, although finding an Android app that helps them price up a Victorian balloon backed dining chair might be difficult.
This was one of the subjects covered by Virginia auctioneer Wayne Jordan in his 15th June “Behind the Gavel” column, which he writes for Antique Trader magazine. Although it’s a US publication, it has valuable information which antique traders and enthusiasts on both sides of the pond would find useful.
This month, Mr Jordan came from behind his antique oak partners desk to go high-tech, exploring the area of mobile apps – short for applications, specialist software used by smartphones and other hand-held digital devices. When it came to antiques, it seems there’s a surprising number of applications available – so long as you have the right hardware.
The field of antiques is becoming ever more specialised and technology has largely followed suit, with big, cumbersome, multi-function software replaced by purpose-oriented programs covering specific tasks. This is especially true of mobile applications. There are already upward of 17 billion available for download, 80 per cent of them free. By 2014, that number is expected to rise to 100 billion. This means there’s no shortage of knowledge for someone wanting to know, for example, about collecting antique marquetry furniture. However, a Lancashire collector relying on his trusty Android tablet is limited to just two apps which Wayne Jordan could recommend.
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