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A guide to buying an antique display cabinet

An antique display cabinet is an addition to your furniture which may create an environment of warmth and serenity in your home. If chosen correctly, an antique display cabinet can spruce up a traditional and modern home alike. Here are a few things which you must keep in mind while choosing your antique display cabinet.

Authenticity

It is important to identify if the cabinet you are buying is a genuine antique cabinet. It is easy to get confused between antique and “inspired antique”. A simple method of identification is to check the wood quality and the dimensions of the cabinet. If the cabinet is a genuine antique, then the dimensions will not be perfect due to shrinkage. However, if the dimensions are perfect then chances are that that the cabinet you are looking at is a copy.

Value

Antique display showcases are a collectors’ item and hence their value always increases. Therefore, it is imperative that you determine the value of an antique cupboard or antique bureau before buying it. Antique display cabinets are classified according to their history, condition and rarity. Choose your cabinet according to their value. It is advisable to buy any sort of antique from a reputed and respectable seller otherwise, there are high chances that you might get duped. Try to get a warranty on your cabinet.

Style and size

Do not choose too elaborate a design or too large a cabinet if you have a small room. This does not allow the antique design to open up and looks very clumsy. Instead, opt for a small antique glass display case which will look elegant and sophisticated. You have an entire history of styles to choose from when it comes to your cabinet style. Choose a pine display cabinet or an antique oak bookcase with flatter carvings and arcaded panels to embrace the Jacobean style. Alternately, you can go for the out of the box Chippendale style which has been inspired by the Gothic, French and Chinese forms of artistry. Get an antique china cabinet or a ravishing mahogany bookcase to flaunt your wild side as historically as you can. Of course, you can always play safe and go for the classic Victorian style. Such furniture is generally characterised by elaborate carvings and dark finishing.

Antique display cabinet - Just go for it!

Your antique display cabinet can be your treasure trove which can make you the subject of envy for many. You can buy one as a hobby or just for the purpose of redecorating your house. Whatever your reasons, an antique display cabinet is definitely worth the investment.

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