Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Age is Really a Secondary Matter

The idea which some people have- that antiques are valuable merely because of their age- is wrong. No matter how old a piece may be, it has no value unless it is of good quality. Age is really a secondary matter where antiques are concerned. Of prime consideration are the quality of the article, the design and the maker, the fineness and durability of the woods, and the mellowness imparted to them by a hundred or more years of natural wear, which no human hand can duplicate and no dyes imitate. Persons who place too much stress on the fact that their possessions are old are often greatly disappointed and unable to understand when they find that their things are valueless.

Albert Sack "Fine Points of Furniture: Early American"


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