Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Price An Antique Brass Bed

Brass beds were first manufactured in the 1820s and they have been popular ever since. For some, a brass bed is the epitome of elegance, evoking a by gone era. For others they represent craftsmanship not often seen today.


Educate Yourself

1. Examine the bed.

Before putting a price on the bed you wish to sell, be sure it is authentic. There are many reference books and websites that can assist you, such as "Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles."

Antique brass beds have a deep yellow-gold polished finish. Often antique brass beds are lacquered, but the beds with the original polished finish are more in demand and therefore worth more.

Antique brass beds come in many styles. Some are very simple, but others are quite ornate, sporting finials and intricate scrollwork. The fancier the bed the more it is worth.

The bed's overall condition will affect the price. If it needs extensive refurbishing, it will not command as much money.

2. Compare prices.

Once you have determined the authenticity of your bed, do some comparison shopping. Get an idea of what the market will bear. Any antique is only worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it.

Visit high end antique shops, flea markets and antique shows. Look in the newspaper want ads to see what folks might be willing to pay. Peruse eBay and craigslist to get an idea what online dealers are asking for similar beds.

3. Have an appraisal done.

You may know what you have but a potential buyer is more apt to take you seriously as a seller if you have a written appraisal from a reputable antique appraiser. Most appraisers charge for their services; but keep in mind it will be money well spent if it enhances the bed's value in a buyer's eyes.

4. Set your price.

You have gathered all the information you can. The bed has been appraised and now it is time to price it. Brass beds can sell for a few hundred dollars if the bed is simple in design and needs some refurbishing, but an elaborate bed in perfect condition can bring as much as $15,000, according to "Leigh Keno American Antiques".

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