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Collecting Antiques




Old?  The only thing that kept it standing were the woodworms holding hands’    Jerry Dennis




Now that the future of UK depends on selling our  heritage it is fitting that the cult of collecting is blooming.       Just don’t forget that whether it is to be as an absorbing hobby or as an alternative investment,  the basic rule seems to be to go for quality. 


For 10 golden rules for the beginner (and the expert) see  http://www.antiquecollector.uk.com/articles/goldenrules.htm 

For identifying  books on different categories of collectables: http://www.antiquecollector.uk.com   

For an online antique centre linked to many suppliers:  http://www.sellingantiques.co.uk/ 

For a mail order website for collectables:   http://www.collectablesltd.com/   

NEW   For a site which aggregates the stocks of antique silver dealers from around the world as well as silver lots at forthcoming auctions, see http://www.myfamilysilver.com/  

For online collecting, ebay is the mass market http://collectables.ebay.co.uk/_W0QQ_trksidZp3907Q2em21 but Christie's has online bidding https://www.christies.com/LiveBidding/AboutLiveBidding.asp and Sotheby's has live auctions handled through http://www.liveauctions.ebay.com/

If you want to put in your bid only at the last minute to avoid being gazumpted see www.auctionsentry.com