14 Jul 2020
June 15, 2020 - Filed under: Antiques on TV — David

The Bidding Room is a new BBC afternoon television show that claims to redefine what antiques are.

According to the show’s presenter Nigel Havers, antiques are anything dating back to the Thatcher era (1979 to 1990) or earlier. The generally accepted definition is that an object has to be at least 100 years old to be an antique. Later items are classed as vintage or collectable.

The age of vintage or collectable items does not necessarily make them less valuable than an antique. A rare item can fetch huge prices. The last LP John Lennon signed before his death sold for over half a million dollars, whereas a rare Honus Wagner baseball card sold for more than one million dollars.

Some antique dealers class items 50 years old as antiques, but they are criticised by other dealers who disagree and stick to the 100 year rule.

In the Bidding Room, antiques or collectables are bought in by viewers and five dealers bid for the items. Television programs such as this, Antiques Roadshow and Antiques Road Trip stimulate interest in antiques and are good for the antique trade.

You will find many fine antique desks, wardrobes, sofa, cabinets and more at Lancashire antique dealers which have been made 100 or more years ago. Famous cabinet-makers such as Thomas Chippendale designed 18th-century furniture which were made by craftsmen. This furniture is so well made that it will last for many more years in the home, much longer than mass-produced vintage furniture made much later in the 1950s and 60s.

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