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Many people possess antiques handed down from past generations or rare finds from car boot sales, but they are unsure of their value. Could you possibly be sitting on a hidden fortune or is it simply an assortment of old knick-knacks? In this blog post, we’ll go through a few ways to value and sell your antiques.

Valuing Antiques in the UK – What Antiques Are?

Before valuing your antiques, is important to make a clear remark on what antiques are. Antiques are generally considered to be objects that are at least 100 years old and possess historical, cultural, or artistic significance. What makes the value of antiques go up or down, is usually their rarity, craftsmanship, and aesthetic appeal. Antiques can encompass a wide range of categories, including furniture, jewellery, fine art, books, and more. They often hold historical value, reflecting the craftsmanship, style, and social context of the period in which they were created – for example, this Ebonised and Gilt Side Chair is a great example of the Aesthetic Movement and its ideas. 


It’s also important to not confuse antiques with vintage items. As there is no strict definition for what constitutes vintage, it generally refers to items that are at least 20 years old but less than 100 years old. Despite vintage items evoking a sense of nostalgia, and being sought after by collectors or individuals interested in retro or period-specific aesthetics, it is something that at Shackleton Fox we don’t deal with.


Valuing Antiques in the UK – Where To Start

To assess the value of your antique object, a great way to start is by looking online. There are plenty of websites which offer antiques for sale, so it is worth taking the time to browse. This can be the easiest way to find a price if you have an idea of its age, origin or specific name or use.


Reference books can be useful for finding the value of your antiques. They usually offer large selections, price guides, photos and descriptions. Specialized volumes on certain ceramics, glassware, pottery and designers like Gillows of Lancaster are also available. Be mindful when buying old second-hand price guides, however; though interesting to read, the prices may not reflect current market values.


Valuing & Selling Your Antiques With a Trusted Antiques Shop

At Shackleton Fox, we pride ourselves on being a trusted destination for individuals seeking to sell or value their antiques. With years of experience in selling and sourcing antiques in the UK and international customers, we possess a deep understanding of the intricacies of antique valuation and the ever-evolving market trends. 


We recognise the emotional significance attached to your rare finds, and we approach each item with the utmost care and respect. Our commitment to personalised service sets us apart, as we take the time to listen to your stories, understand your unique connection to each piece, and provide tailored guidance throughout the valuation and selling process. 


The Importance of Proper Valuation for Ensuring a Fair Price

Proper valuation plays a crucial role in ensuring fair pricing for your antiques. By accurately determining the value of each item, you can establish a reasonable asking price that reflects its true worth in the market. Overpricing may deter potential buyers while underpricing could result in missed opportunities to maximise your returns. Through meticulous research, comprehensive examination, and professional appraisal services offered at Shackleton Fox, you can confidently set a price that strikes the right balance, attracting interested buyers and ensuring a fair transaction for both parties involved.


An accurate valuation is not only about determining the monetary worth of your antiques but also about attracting the right buyers. The market for antiques is diverse, with collectors, enthusiasts, and interior designers seeking specific items or styles. Proper valuation helps you target the appropriate audience, ensuring that your antiques are presented to potential buyers who appreciate their historical significance, craftsmanship, and unique appeal.


Building Trust and Long-Term Relationships

At Shackleton Fox, trust is at the core of our business ethos. We understand that selling your antiques can be a deeply personal experience, and we aim to foster an environment of openness and integrity throughout the entire journey.


Transparency is key when it comes to valuation, and we take pride in our meticulous approach. We conduct thorough research, examine each item with precision, and provide clear explanations of the factors influencing the valuation process. We believe in empowering our clients with knowledge, ensuring that they have a comprehensive understanding of the appraisal methods employed and the rationale behind the determined value.


Also throughout the sales process, we want to maintain transparency and honesty and communicate openly with our clients, keeping them informed about potential buyers, offers, and negotiations. Our goal is to ensure that you are fully involved in the decision-making process, offering guidance while respecting your preferences and goals. We handle every transaction with professionalism, adhering to ethical practices and providing secure platforms for both parties.

In Conclusion

Don’t let your antiques remain hidden in your loft or undervalued. Discover the true worth of your antiques and find new custodians who will cherish them as much as you do. Contact us today to begin an enchanting chapter in the life of your beloved antiques.

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