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February 17, 2011 - Filed under: Antique Desks — Richard

In Lancashire, spring is traditionally a busy time for auctioneers. This is the time when people like to clear their lofts of clutter, or buy furniture to match the look of newly decorated rooms. The current economic climate means fewer people are “trading up” their homes in Preston; instead, they buy antique desks and other collectibles to ring the changes. The more you can gauge the true value of antiques, the less likely you are to pay over the odds (or, if selling, receive less than the goods are worth.) But there’s more to antique valuations than checking the Antiques Price Guide. For example, in Preston antique desks bearing a maker’s stamp are worth far more than those without a mark. Naturally, Gillow’s is the best known example (and the most expensive), but the name doesn’t have to be that famous. With hand-painted Arts & Crafts furniture, look also for the artist’s signature – if the piece has both this and a maker’s stamp, it’s a bonus.

In Lancashire and Cumbria, Victorian dining chairs were turned out by the thousand, often with no identifying marks at all. This doesn’t mean they’re valueless – condition has a lot to do with it. However, a lot of so-called antique dining chairs in Lancashire turn out to be modern reproductions, so be wary of pieces suspiciously free of wear-and-tear.

In Preston antique desks in mint condition, but of genuine vintage, sell for high prices in showrooms. However, those with an interesting local provenance can be equally valuable, even if they’re a bit tatty. Good antique dealers will always give you an honest evaluation, if you have antique desks to sell in Lancashire.

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