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Real Antiques are often less expensive than Reproduction Antiques


Strange as it may seem, some reproduction antiques are on sale in some places for more money than you can buy the real genuine antiques of which they are a copy! I learnt about this when I was talking to the proprietor of Pennyfarthing Antiques - was www.pennyfarthingantiques.net. Someone was looking at buying a genuine antique dinner table and chairs and it was 1000, whereas they'd seen a furniture shop selling a modern copy of the same thing for 2000.

So, which would you rather have; a genuine antique for 1000 or a modern copy for twice the price?! Not only is the real antique better made and has stood the test of time whereas the modern variant is probably chipboard, but also in fifty years time, the genuine antique will have appreciated in value and be worth even more than it is now, and the modern reproduction will be almost worthless.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying "Don't Buy Reproduction Antiques!", because sometimes the original is so expensive that it's unaffordable, so if you want it you can only afford a copy. But the important thing is that reproduction antiques are essentially a cheap copy of something genuinely antique, and therefore should be cheaper than the real thing!

Also, not all reproduction antiques are poor quality. Indeed some are a faithful tribute to the original, a credit to the makers and to the originators of the design. But some copy-antiques ARE really bad! One of the items of furniture that's ended up here is a reproduction 18th Century bureau. Looks genuine at a distance, but on closer inspection, where the lock has been forced open you can see it's made of chipboard! Not a material commonly used by craftsmen in the eighteenth century I believe. It wouldn't be so bad if it was cheap, but it's not. These things retail for quite high prices.

So, why do people buy repro copies rather than buying genuine antiques? Perhaps they're fooled by furniture shops that have an image of respectability. Some places sell very poor stuff and seem to get away with it by pretending to be high class, when in fact it's all fake. Also see your old three piece suite is ok

Another theory is that people do not understand antiques, and do not realise that they can often buy a real antique for less than the price of a copy.