Is Your ‘Antique’ Barber Chair For Real?
You’ve just purchased an antique barber chair from a person who claims to be an expert on antique furniture. YOu paid a huge sum for it and can’t wait to show it off to your friends. After, how many people in this world own an antique BARBER chair? However, upon closer inspection of the material, as a non-expert, you feel dubious over the veracity of its age. How does a person who has no formal training on the appraising of antique furniture tell if a certain piece he or she owns is truly an antique or not? Read on.
It is okay to deal with neighbors who claim the piece of furniture they are selling is an antique, but only if you truly trust them. Be wary of bargain prices. Antiques cost a considerable sum, so if you got your supposedly antique barber chair at a low price, you should start asking questions. If the rate is too good to be true, it is likely that that barber chair is, too.
Did you buy yours at a furniture fair? When you got it, were there other pieces that looked exactly like it? If yes, chances are, it is not the antique it claims to be. Also, find out what the seller’s definition of an antique is and if it jives with yours.
The US government states that for an object to qualify as an antique, it has to be at least a century old, but some auction houses are comfortable with calling a 50 year old piece of furniture an antique. Be clear about this at the onset.
Check the body of your supposedly antique barber chair. If no dust and grime has settled in the hard to reach crevices of the unit, then it is not likely that it is old. In addition, its wear marks should be uneven and found in various places. If its wear marks look too calculated and rehearsed, something is definitely amiss.
Also, take a look at the barber chair’s underside. If certain areas had been painted on or lacquered where they really shouldn’t have been, then you know better that you had been duped. If you can, return the item right away, or have it professionally appraised. Appraisals cost a small fee, but they are worth the effort.
It is easy to say that a piece of furniture is an antique. It’s also easy to attach some sort of interesting historical tale to it to increase its sale value. As an inexperienced antique purchaser, it is your duty to yourself to study how to properly look at objects to tell if they truly are antiques or not.