“Jack of all trades, master of non.”

Election is over, Back to work.

Well the Election is over and wether you like the outcome or not, It back to work for most of us. I for one will be happy not to see another negative political advertisement.

The saying go’s
“Jack of all trades, master of non.”

I would like to think I’m a knowledgeable antique dealer. The truth is I know enough about a lot of subject to be dangerous. There are so many different categories that no one can be an expert in all. The things that I have been good at over the years is keeping an open mind, doing lots of research and not hesitating to ask questions of other so called experts.

Recently I took some items to New York with the thought of putting them for sale at ether Christies or Sotheby’s. I Phoned my contacts and with my appointment set took the item in. My first appointment was upsetting to say the least. The “expert” told me in a very dismissive way “Total fake, not original and would not consider putting this in one of our sales.”  So with my tail between my leg I scurried off to my next appointment. Just a little nerves I un-boxed the items and held my breath. Thinking I was going to be thrown out. I waited and to my surprise the “expert” was thrilled.   “not the finest work by this craftsman but what a lovely example”
I decided not to put the items in the Auction but sold to a collector directly.

This trip reinstalled the lessons I learned many years ago.
Don’t give up to quickly and seek the opinion of several “EXPERTS”

If you are looking to sell or buy. Please give me a call I am always happy to give my opinion. I don’t charge for phone or Email consultation and you never know I might save you some money or pay you more.

You can reach me at Sarasota Antiques (941) 809-2388
My web site is http://www.sarasotaantiquemall.com
Email:  ukfurniture@aol.com

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The Signs of a Valuable Antique

Tiffany silver set of flatware

You’re going buy some furniture and accessories, so why not buy something that can hold its value. Antiques often have a greater chance of keeping there value than new machine-made items. Also, antiques add character, history, and warmth to your house.
Whether you are buying antiques because of their beauty, or because you are hoping that they will hold their value, the best rule is to buy what you like — and to keep your “RADAR” out for values. RADAR is an acronym
Rarity
Aesthetics
Desirability
Authenticity
Really great condition.
When you find an antique that meets these five criteria, you’ve probably found an item that’s likely to hold and possibly appreciate as the years go by.

If your buying or selling it is always best to goto a reputable dealer. Remember if its to good to be true it probably is. I cant tell you how many times I have heard “Well in New York I could get lots more” If that truly is the case then I know I would take it to New York.
Have fun hunting for that special treasure and good luck.

Meissen figurine Taylor on goat171 Painter 41 Gustav Franz

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Silver flatware set by Tiffany

Meissen Figerine circa 1790