Category Archives: Antique Essentials

Antique values

Personal property appraisers receive frequent calls where the caller wants to know what their antique or vintage items are worth. This is not a quick answer because the intended use dictates both the value you will use and the effective date of the appraisal. Let’s first define some values: Replacement Value “Replacement Value” has been defined as the “cost to […]

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Roman Numerals

The most important thing to remember is that the Roman’s did not have a zero, which serves as a place holder with Arabic numerals. The number “10” is represented by the letter X, which the number “20” is represented by XX. The number “100” is represented by C and the number “90” is represented as XC (10 less than 100).

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Overview of periods and styles

Overview of Periods and Styles (Select the image to enlarge the timeline.) Prior to the 20th century, the decorative arts were influenced and largely controlled by royalty. In practice, while countries like Great Britain were economically stable and governed over a number of countries, stylistic preferences came most often from the European continent, especially France and Italy. Those stylistic preferences […]

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