Just what is an antique? Are you curious about something you own? How old is it? Is it worth anything? I will be teaching a course at Metro Continuing Education on March 9th from 6:30 – 9:30pm called Antiquing Basics. Participants are invited to bring two items to the session for discussion. For more information,or to register, go to Metro’s website at metrocontinuingeducation.ca
For example, most people think that the age of an object is its most important determinant of value. It’s not. It’s only one of the components of value when an appraiser looks at an item. Some appraisers think that, in actuality, it’s the least important aspect of value.
One of the objects that I bring to the class to illustrate this concept is a book that was gifted to me by a customer when I owned my antique store. It’s a second edition (although chances are that first edition isn’t probably worth that much anyway) of the book titled “Prones de Messire Claude Joli Eveque et Comte D”Agen”. Yes, it’s in French – it’s a discourse on theology written by a Bishop of the Catholic Church, a Count D”Agen. This second edition was written on December 6th, 1691!
If you have a burning need to see the contents of this book you can do so on line. Someone patiently scanned all the pages and placed it on the internet! It’s part of the public domain.
I love this book for its age, however – how the leather feels soft in my hands, how it smells, and how it’s spotted (called foxing) with age. I love the margin notes written in latin too. I try to imagine the many people throughout the last 300+ years who have held this book in their hands.
That’s the beauty of antiques. I hope you’ll join me at Metro.