Laura. Other. May 04th , 2017.
You become an expert by working hard. We've got fantastic museums, collections and antique shows. You can go and just start looking. That's the great thing about knowledge. If you collect Doulton figures, you know about the rare ones. -Judith Miller-
Breakables, like glass or porcelain, can be protected by securing them in position with almost invisible nylon threads or by fastening them to a surface with a gumlike substance. Available at the most florist or department stores. In this way, you can display and enjoy them and not have to worry about the possibility of breakage.
Above all, carry adequate insurance to shield your collection against fire also theft. Keep a complete list of the items in your collection (and their value) and take colour photographs of the more valuable specimens. Store the list and pictures in a safe place. They will be invaluable if thou ever need to provide proof to substantiate an insurance claim or to prove ownership if and when lost items reappear. Several tips about the restoration and care of antiques.
There appears to be a mistaken notion that antiques should be sold “as is“, bought ”as is”. And should never be repaired⁏ that repairing and restoring an antique either by the dealer or the owner smacks of dishonesty. Many of the rarest also most precious items in museums have been restored or else repaired.
Remember, there is always the chance that a broken piece you are tempted to throw away may be the last of its kind. However, if thou suspect that your piece may be valuable, take expert advice before taking steps to repair it, or It could forfeit its value.
When wooden stands are used in a display, make sure the stand fits the ornament exactly. It is courting disaster to use a stand that is either too small or too large. Things topple easily off stands that are not big enough and slide around on too‐big stands. Of course, an object could be banded to the stand with an adhesive, and the stand likewise fastened to a table or shelf.
If your smaller specimens can‘t stand frequent dusting, washing or cleaning, it would be advisable to display them behind the glass doors of an airtight cabinet or case. Never put any delicate object in direct sunlight or near to the radiator. Rapid swings in temperature can cause ’crazing’ in ceramic objects, even break the glass and fine china. Lacquered items warp and crack; silk deteriorates; embroidery fade.
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