Monday, August 4, 2008

Why We Treasure Antiques!

Americans treasure their past, which is one reason antiques are so popular. Antiques are relics of a time now gone. We look back on our history with pride. Furniture, jewelry, even automobiles that were in common use many years ago, are prized antiques today, simply because of the era they came from. Elegant styles ruled the day in years gone past, and pride in workmanship.

In this day and age of mass production and cutting costs, antiques make a marked statement in a display of expert quality and beauty, the handiwork of master craftsmen and women. The true value of antiques is not necessarily tied to beauty though. Antique farm equipment, for example, is not especially lovely to look at, but holds its value because of what it is: a piece of our past.

Those who own antiques know that they need special care. Antiques need to be properly looked after. Just because an antique has lasted for a hundred years doesnt mean it will last another hundred years, unless the owner has some idea of how to care for it. Furniture is susceptible to its environment. Antique furniture and paintings should be kept out of direct sunlight to prevent fading.

Keeping the room temperature even can be a challenge, because shifts in temperature can warp wood, yet many household heating systems dry out the air in a room, which isnt good for antiques either. With a little know-how, it is possible to prolong the life of your treasured antiques. It is well worth the trouble, because whether an antique is intended for resale, or to be handed down to future generations, its value is affected greatly by the condition its in.

Shirlee Yeager

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