Very Ornate Old Paris Royal Blue Compote
Vintage, very large ornate gilt wood frame with anti-reflective glass
Antique Ornate Carved Wood triple Mirror.. very rare
Antique Wood & Gesso Frame Very Ornate w Oil & Canvas Still Life Painting Signed
BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE VICTORIAN VERY ORNATE GILT BRONZE EASEL BACK PICTURE FRAME
antique old bronze very ornate snuff cigarette box trinket vanity detailed greek
ART NOUVEAU BRONZE PICTURE FRAME VERY ORNATE, HEAVY & SUPER QUALITY, THE BEST+++
ART NOUVEAU BRONZE PICTURE FRAME VERY ORNATE, HEAVY & SUPER QUALITY, THE BEST+++
ANTIQUE BRASS/MARBLE/HEAVY METAL VERY ORNATE TALL CANDELABRA
Unique! Antique Picture Frame, Very Ornate With Dragons
ANTIQUE JUNO LAMP OIL NOW ELECTRIC VERY ORNATE
BEAUTIFUL Huge Antique ORNATE Scrolls GOLD LEAF MIRROR Very ELEGANT!
VERY FINE ANTIQUE ISLAMIC~KASHMIRI~ORNATE COPPER REPOUSSE~EWER~TEAPOT~
#11 Very Ornate Vintage Carved Solid Walnut Wood Tray/Platter w/Leaves & Flowers
VINTAGE FOLK ART VERY ORNATE BUILDING / BOX GATEHOUSE
Antique Syrup~Crystal~ VERY Ornate Metal Cover~Gorgeous & Unusual
ANTIQUE VINTAGE BRASS AND CRANBERRY GLASS NECKLACE DISPLAY HOLDER VERY ORNATE
Vtg Dart Mirror Frame Wall Decor Hanging Brass Gold Look Very Ornate 28″ X 14″
Hand-Carved Wooden Frame, Very Ornate, For 8×10″ Art or Mat, Vintage Looking
Rare Late 1700s Very Ornate French Bronze Bedside Urinal with Goats & Cherub-BL
Vintage Antique Perfume Parfum Bottle Dabber Very Ornate
Antique Ornate Very Detailed Brass W/ Copper Accents Large Tall Table Lamp
19TH CENTURY MERCURY GLASS BEAKER VERY ORNATE !!!
Antique TIFFANY & CO. MAKERS Very Ornate Metal Stand 0367 7783 M ~ Stamp Signed!
Vintage Ornate Gilded Ivory-Colored Salt And Pepper Shakers Very Good Unmarked
MINIATURE SOLID BRASS~EASEL DISPLAY f/Oil Paintings~VERY ORNATE
Antique Very ornate Art Nouveau bronze metal picture frame, large, with angles
Antique Very Ornate Hand Carved Wood Victorian Gothic Jewelry Trinket Lock Box
CIRCA 1880′s VERY ORNATE REPOSSE CUPIDS URN “EWER” LAMP, ALL OVER DECORATED
ANTIQUE ORNATE COPPER TEA POT LATE 1800′S VERY NICE CONDTION NO DENTS
Antique Gesso Wood Gold Leaf Picture Frame Very Ornate Fancy Plaster Work
ANTIQUE ORNATE COPPER WATER POT LATE 1800′S VERY NICE CONDTION NO DENTS
Vintage Mirror Plateau -Very Large and Very Ornate-
Pair Antique Bronze French Rococo Louis XV Style Candlesticks Very Ornate
VTG HANDLED VERY ORNATE BRASS & COPPER/URN w/handles. made India 245/141
Magnificent very large Vintage Ornate highlite gilded gallery frame
Beautiful very large Antique ornate gild on black frame
FANTASTIC ANTIQUE BRONZE SCONCE WITH LION HEAD VERY ORNATE
antique rare ornate Art Deco solid very heavy bronze electric table lamp light
Antique Islamic – Arabic- Ornate Inlaid Syrian Enamel Repousse Dish – Very Rare
Antique Mirror Ornate, Formal, Gold Gilt Frame, Very Nice!
antique rare very large ornate victorian solid heavy brass electric table lamp
VERY ORNATE VINTAGE BRASS/BRONZE? 5 ARM ELECTRIC CANDELABRA DRIPPING IN PRISMS
Spectacular Antique 2 layer very ornate gilded Barbizon frame
VERY NICE VINTAGE SOLID BRASS DESKTOP LETTER HOLDER VERY ORNATE
VERY ORNATE ANTIQUE VICTORIAN GILT CAST IRON EASEL BACK PICTURE FRAME
ANTIQUE VERY ORNATE BRONZE ROCOCO DESK LETTER DOCUMENT PEN HOLDER
VERY NICE ANTIQUE CANDLE SNUFFER –SILVER TONE WITH ORNATE HANDLE
ANTIQUE BRASS BOWL WITH 2 PITCHERS…VERY ORNATE!!
Vintage Gold Toned Metal Picture Frame, Very Ornate
Antique Cast Iron Horse – Very Ornate – Original Chippy Paint – Bookend – Statue
A gorgeous ,Very ornate 1930 Art deco Perfume bottle.
VERY RARE antique old Wood Leather Ornate detailed BOX
Very old brass server tong. ornate Emboss And chiseling CIRCA 1890
An oval,Very ornate large solid rass charger.
RARE LARGE VERY ORNATE ANTIQUE VICTORIAN 800 STERLING SILVER PICTURE PHOTO FRAME
antique ornate hanmdade heavy very thick brass inlaid copper urn pot bowl jar
LATE 1800′S “THE LORD’S PRAYER” ~ VERY RARE ORNATE GESSO FRAME ~ OLD WAVY GLASS
Ornate Onyx Black Glass & Brass Candlesticks Very Large And Beautiful Pair
Brass Oval Locking Potpourri Box-6″W X 4″D X 3 1/4″Tall-Very Ornate
antique wooden drawers/boxes With Very Ornate Design On The Front And Side.
Antique Cast Iron Art Deco Floor Lamp from the 1920′s Very Ornate
AntiqueGold Color Wood Picture Frame/Very Ornate /Very Good conditon Condition
Vintage Print of couple in Courtyard-Very ornate Brass Frame-Oval C-48
Antique cast iron fence Victorian Fleur de lis floral very ornate (F#4)
Antique Eastlake Victorian Very Ornate Unusual Large Gold Picture Frame
Magnet Sticks Black Metal Wall Letter Holder Ornate Very Sharp Antique Scrolls
Very Ornate Antique Box ~ Costura ~ Rosewood With Silver Decor & Letters
antique satsumi oriental vase, no damage, very ornate, early green, Warrior etc
Large 31″ Antique European Brass Candlestick Converted to Lamp Very Ornate
Antique Brown & Silver Color Wood Picture Frame/Very Ornate /Good Condition
ANTIQUE VICTORIAN BRASS INK WELL INKWELL, VERY ORNATE, 14.5″ L X 5″ T X 7″ W
Antique Very Ornate, 1900′s M I R R O R
M I R R O R – very heavy, beautiful and very ornate frame
vintage large solid very heavy brass ornate detailed electric table lamp light
antique asian handmade rare ornate solid very heavy brass bronze tea kettle pot
antique rare large ornate victorian solid very heavy brass electric table lamp
ANTIQUE UNIQUE HAND CARVED ELEPHANT WITH BABY INSIDE VERY ORNATE AND DETAIL
522) Vintage Antique Brass Candlestick Candle Holder “Very Ornate Design” Estate
1920′s Art Deco Wall Sconce Restored Very Ornate with Mirror
ITALIAN 7″ VINTAGE BRASS DISH C.T.2 VERY ORNATE
COPPER & GOLD INDIA ART PLATE OR PLAQUE W/VERY ORNATE FLORAL PATTERN
VTG ITALIAN GOLD-LEAF WOOD WALL HANGING POST VERY ORNATE
VTG ITALIAN GOLD-LEAF WOOD WALL HANGING POST VERY ORNATE Eagle
VERY NICE PAIR VINTAGE ORNATE HAND MADE GOLD BRASS CUP
Antique Vintage Aesthetic Gold Gilt Very Ornate Picture Frame Harvest print
ANTIQUE SOUP TUREEN MADE OF SOLID COPPER WITH BRONZE ACCENTS VERY ORNATE & RARE
Why Collect Architectural Oddments?
Today there are many people that are becoming interested in buying and selling antiques, more than perhaps at any time in history.
No doubt the popular U.S. TV show ‘The Antiques Road Show’ and the British counter-part, have done a lot to make the antique industry suddenly so popular. What was once thought to be the world of stuffy and snobbish appraisers picking away at Chinese vases and other such oddities has now become a business that is quite intriguing to most people. Those who perhaps never before had an interest in antiques suddenly saw how much fun it could be to find out that an old afghan or piece of jewelry is actually worth thousands of dollars.
What has also helped everyday people to appreciate the world of antiques is that they see how items they never thought about as actually being antique, and certainly never considered as being valuable, can actually fetch quite a price at the right auction with the right buyer. Those who assumed that “antiques” only meant fancy furniture or Asian carvings had their eyes open to items such as early American folk art, different textiles including tablecloths and other linens, collectible bottles, and items such as these.
Yes and dealing with antiques that you already have some knowledge on or an possibly an interest in yourself can mean an endeavor that is not only financially successful but one that is so enjoyable.
So if you’ve been considering looking at collectible antiques for profit and just have not quite decided as to which area of antiques you want to specialize in, or are just looking for a little variety to bring to your business why not look at Architectural Knick Knacks?
Items from older buildings are often unappreciated by those sent in to demolition those buildings, but to the collector there are many elements and items that are truly a part of the history of architecture.
Salvaging these items is actually a big business. Some antique stores specialize in this part of the industry alone and actually quite well.
While not every part of an older building is going to be valuable, many of the larger elements will be. These are purchased by those who have an interest in a particular form of architecture or history buffs that collect items from a particular time period.
Most fireplaces today have some sort of mantel or shelf over them so it’s not as if this type of item is not to be found anywhere. But older fireplace mantels are very unique in that they were usually hand-carved and very often had details and carvings that were unique for the time period in which they were made. Many experts can tell the area in which the mantel was made just from the decorations on it.
The materials the mantels were made from have a lot to do with their value. English oak is one of the most expensive materials and mantels made from this wood usually do very well at auction. Others can be carved from marble or made from stone.
Along with mantels are fireplace screens and accessories. Many of the original items were made from solid brass and the screens were typically very ornate and artistic.
Doors And Hardware
As with fireplace mantels, many antique doors were hand carved from solid oak and other such materials. They too can say a lot about the time period in which they were made because of the decoration and design.
Many collectors use doors not really as doors but add a base and glass top and create a desk or table. This way the decoration can be appreciated at all times without the door being overused or damaged.
Doors can also be used as other pieces of furniture; some designers have gotten very creative and used them to make headboards for the bed or just as wall art.
The hardware used for the doors is also very valuable. This includes knobs, hinges, door knockers, and kick plates. These too were made of brass and are used as decorations, bookends, and so on.
Stained Glass Windows
Today’s stained glass windows can be made with the help of machines whereas antique stained glass was made by hand. The decorations of the glass and the details can really tell a lot about the craftsperson and the time period in which he or she lived.
We often associate stained glass windows with churches and it’s true that some of the best can be found on old churches but other buildings would also incorporate these items into their architecture as well.
Tiffany style is one of the most valuable of all the brands of stained glass and of course the older the window the more expensive it will be.
Finials are those decorative “knobs” or caps that you see on the tops of things such as wrought iron fences or even the tops of different pieces of furniture. While sometimes these items are actually a part of the architecture of design of an item, usually they are a separate part that is added on. This means that they can be loosened from that piece of furniture and sold as is.
These items are used by collectors today as all decoration or sconces, bookends, doorstops, and so on. They are usually very heavy and made of hand carved wood. Some were also made of iron.
One of the reasons they are so valued is because they are full of intricate carved details, which too tell a story of the time period and style of furniture to which they were attached.
Other Architecture Items
There are so many other architecture items that do well at auction that it’s impossible to mention all of them. Tin ceiling tiles, chandeliers, tiles, bathroom fixtures, bathtubs, kitchen and bathroom sinks, stoves, weathervanes, window locks, staircases, iron grates, and just about anything else that can be taken from an older home or building can do well at auction. Buyers may be adding to a collection, may have an interest in a certain style of architecture, or may just appreciate the look of a certain pieces.
Deciding On Antiques
So if you’ve been thinking of entering the fun and exciting world of antiques, there should be nothing holding you back. Do some reading about what makes each different item valuable and become familiar with about how much people are now paying at auction for them.You will probably discover that collecting antiques is the one of the most interesting business venture you’ve ever tried.
Like the saying goes, another man’s rubbish is someone else’s treasure, so get out there and start ‘treasure hunting’!