Know if an Antique Is Authentic

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Antiques add a little element of mystique to an interior. The problem is, how do you know if the pieces you have are authentic antiques? You might be bragging about your latest antique find or posting an ad for an authentic chinaware for sale only to find out it's not a true antique.

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Replicas are everywhere, even in antique shops and today it can be difficult to determine a reproduction from an authentic antique. It takes an expert eye to spot a fake. Find out if the one you have is a real antique with these easy-to-follow guidelines.

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Steps how to spot antique China

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China is one of the favorites among antique collectors. If you are a rising collector, then here are some easy tips you may apply on your next hunt.

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    Look for the markings.
    The primary thing that you have to check when determining the authenticity of a chinaware is its maker's marking. Keep an eye on the markings' color and how it has been stamped. Is the mark found over or under the glazing? In real chinaware, you should find the marks under the glaze, as the marks were stamped before the chinaware was fired. Should you find the marking on top of the ware's glaze, then this should be sending you signals that you are looking at a replica. Around the dawn of the 19th century, chinaware makers only made use of two colors for marking - blue and/or red - for they are the strongest in withstanding the heat when fired.
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    Originating country.
    After the year 1891, putting the country of origin on China has become a requirement by the congress. Examine your piece and see if you can find the country of the maker. If you find one, it is most likely that your piece was manufactured after this year and is definitely real. There are some pieces, though, created before 1891, which bear the country of origin, so do not be misled.
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    Glazing quality.
    The glazing quality of a piece can be an indicator of authenticity. If the glazing seem to contain some flaws like irregularities or cracks, you probably have a good piece on your hands. If a China is claimed to be authentic but is perfectly glazed or seems to have been machine-glazed, consider it as a red flag.
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How to spot a real depression glass bowl

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Depression glasses were first produced in the 1920's, during the great depression era, and are also some of the most collected items nowadays. Got a piece and not sure if it is the real thing? Check out the easy tips on how to determine its authenticity.

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    Look for irregularities.
    Inspect your piece to see if you find some "bumps" or seams which are raised. Since depression glass replicas are made by more modern machines, they all seem to be flawless from all angles.
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    Look for scratches.
    Run your fingers over the smooth sides of your glass and feel for scratches. If the glass seems to be new without any scratches, despite the claim that it was a 19th century piece, then you might be looking at a fake one.
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    Look for reputable sources.
    If you still are not sure whether your piece is fake or not, there is a website you can go to: depression glass secrets.
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Buy your antiques only from reputable sellers. Never fail to ask the history of an item you are eyeing. A reputable seller can answer every question you have.

What are the top 10 most expensive antiques in the world

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    Pinner qing dynasty vase sold at $80.2 million.
    The most expensive antique in the world has been sold in 2010 in an auction done in united kingdom.
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    Leonardo da vinci's codex leicester sold at $30.8 million.
    Who do you think won this very expensive antique? There is no other than the world's richest guy, bill gates. The work includes theories and some other documents and sketches with scientific value by the great da vinci. With da vinci's signature all over the documents, it is believed to be authentic with a whooping value of $30,802,500.
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    Badminton cabinet with an estimate value of $28.842.236.
    This antique piece took six years to be finished and crafted by 30 florence craftsman. Once sold to the Liechtenstein prince, the cabinet is now showcased at the Liechtenstein museum.
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    The olyphant is worth $16.1m.
    Dated as early as 11th century, this piece valuable piece is used as a hunting and war weapon.
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    Moonflask in pink and blue enamel w/ white porcelain sold at $15.1m.
    This porcelain piece of art was made in the 18th century and was sold in an auction in hong kong in 2010.
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    Emperor napoleon iii's wife's emerald and diamond tiara sold at $12.1m.
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    Gold tripod vessel from Ming dynasty sold at $14.2m.
    Sold in April 2008, this gold tripod depicts two dragons which is intricately inlaid with pearls.
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    Goddard & townsend families antique secretary desk sold at $11.4m.
    It is an 18th century old furniture piece from the us and was auctioned in 1989 worth 411,480.675 that time. This very expensive piece of furniture was sold to the christies.
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    Germain royal soup tureen sold at $9.7m.
    This piece of art that was created for king louis xv was sold in an auction in November of 1996. This silver art piece depicts animals on a tureen with four legs.
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    Napoleon's sword sold at $6.4m.
    This is the sword of the great napoleon bonaparte which he used when he tried to invade the country Egypt.
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thanks to historians,archaeologists, researchers and paleontologists for we get to know some information regarding some stuff from hundreds to thousands of years ago. The discovery of golden cups or toys from 1,000 years ago is definitely amazing. Let's have a brief look at some of the world's oldest known to men with most dating back thousands of years, a century or so.

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Some of the world's oldest

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    World's oldest book.
    Written in the etruscan language, (does not exist anymore), the book is known to be 2,500 years old. It was found in an old tomb which was discovered in the valley of bulgarian struma river. The book was authenticated by experts and is now housed at Bulgaria national museum. It consists of six pages from 24-k gold.
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    World's oldest working car (De Dion-Bouton et Trepardoux).
    Sold in the year 2011, the oldest car which is 127 years old is still working. The buyer's name was not declared but the sale made $4.6 million. The car was built for the French Count De Dion who is also one among the founders of the La Marquise maker.
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    World's oldest shoe.
    This 5,500-year old show was found in a cave in Armenia in 2010. It is made leather and is stuffed with grass which is believed to serve as an insulator in cold days.
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    World's oldest purse.
    Made with leather and dog teeth, the world's oldest purse is believed to be from the years between 2,500 and 2,200 B.C. It was found in a German grave where the fabric has already disappeared but the ornaments remained to be intact facing the same direction.
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    World's oldest mask.
    Housed at Musée Bible et Terre Sainte in Paris, this mask is believed to be from the 7,000 BC making at the world's oldest mask aging around 9,000 years old.
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    World's oldest musical instrument.
    In 2012, the world's oldest musical instrument was unearthed in Hohle Fels Cave, Germany. The two flutes which are made from mammoth ivory and and bid bone is believed to be 42,000-43,000 years old. The age of the flutes was determined with the use of carbon dating technology.
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    World's oldest skirt.
    On the same place where the oldest leather shoe was found, the world's oldest skirt was also discovered. The 5,900-year old skirt is made of reed and resembles a modern day skirt.
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    World's oldest mattress.
    The mattress which was found in one of the cave sites in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa is believed to be 77,000 years old. It consisted of reeds and was found under some bedding in the cave.
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    World's oldest chewing gum.
    (maybe it is better said chewed gum). An archaeology student in Finland found what is believed to the oldest chewing gum in the world. The 5,000-year old gum was made from birch bark tar and there were evident tooth marks on it. The tar used contained phenols which has antiseptic properties. It is also hypothesized that people from the Neolithic era used it to treat infections of the gums.
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    World oldest surviving paper bill.
    Measuring 8.75 x 13.25 inches, the world's oldest surviving note which is from China dates back to as early as 1335-1340 AD. China is believed to be the very first world civilization that produced paper money. It was then the world's largest paper bill as well until the 100,000 Philippine Peso was printed.
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    Oldest Wine Bottle.
    The Pfalz Historical Museum which is located in Germany is the current home of the world's oldest wine bottle. Believed to be 1,650 years old, the bottle is found in Speyer, Germany buried with one of the noblemen in 350AD.
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    Oldest Surviving Photograph.
    The oldest surviving photograph was been printed on a tin metal plate. It is said that the photo was taken in 1826 but it was only in 1952 that it came to light.
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    World's oldest doll.
    Made from plain wood, the oldest doll in the world dates between the third and seventh BC. It was found buried with a mummified Egyptian princess. The British Museum is the home of this Egyptian doll.
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