For some people, buying an antique is all about investment and this is hardly surprising. If approached wisely and with a certain amount of diligent research, the probability of a good financial return on an antique can be approached with the same amount of certainty as investing in gold or diamonds. Quality early English hand made antiques will rise in value in the short and long term and the investor will make money. A discerning purchase of a Queen Anne antique desk for example will provide an immediate return as long as the price is right although most pieces will cost many thousands of pounds. Obversely, the purchase of a Victorian armoire for a few hundred pounds at auction will not make money in the short term.
However, although it may seem unwise to buy Victorian and Edwardian brown furniture now, it is highly likely that with environmental concerns growing, there could be a moratorium on the future felling of hard woods for furniture making and in that case, furniture made of mahogany and oak would become rare. Auctions, dealerships and salvage yards present the less affluent canny investor with a wealth of opportunities to buy good quality, well made (and often hand made) brown furniture at very reasonable prices. An Edwardian oak hall chair probably worth £200-£300 a few years ago can be bought now for less than £100 and within a few years the price will rise again.
Whether buying antique furniture in Lancaster or London or at the higher or more reasonable end of the market, there are opportunities for everyone to make money through antiques to a greater or lesser extent.
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