You can find every kind of antique on eBay, from antique salt and pepper shakers to antique gate leg tables. The following provides just a small sampling of the myriad of antiques that can be found on eBay.
Whether you're looking for antique beds, bookcases, cabinets,
armoires, cupboards, chairs, desks, dining sets, dressers, vanities,
sofas, chaises, or other antique furniture, you'll find just about every style of antique furniture on eBay.
Period furniture, as opposed to reproductions, were made in the time period when that particular style was new and popular. After furniture manufacturing technology became prevalent, revivals such as Gothic Revival and Renaissance Revival were created, which has led to the prevalence of antique reproductions.
Each period of history has a corresponding style of furniture that was produced during that time. Here’s a list of some of the well-known styles.
American furniture styles include:
French furniture styles include:
English furniture styles include:
You may want to organize your antique silver collection by time period, style, or maker. Or, you may want to collect a certain kind of piece, such as antique silver-plated serving forks. Notice the hallmark, or stamp, which often indicates the standard of silver, origin, and other valuable information.
There are two major categories of antique silverware:
Antique flatware: Antique flatware includes utensils such as knives, forks, and spoons.
Antique hollowware: Antique hollowware includes vessels like bowls, tea services, trays, and vases.
Sterling silver is the highest-quality silver, but silver plate is affordable and retains all of the beauty of sterling. American silver that is slightly lower in value than sterling is often referred to as coin silver.
American silversmiths include Paul Revere, Myer Myers, Gorham & Company, and The International Silver Company. European silversmiths include The Bateman Family, Paul Storr, Puifocat, and Froment-Meurice.
Many antique rugs are handmade and are truly folk art. Rugs can have a flat surface, like on a tapestry or a pile surface. Anything smaller than 9 x 6 feet is a rug, while anything larger is a carpet. Runners refer to long, narrow carpets. Antique rugs refer to rugs more than 50 years old.
Oriental rugs are of Chinese or Persian origin. Persian rugs include prayer rugs, urban-made rugs, village rugs, and nomadic rugs. Other rugs include those of American Indian origin, and folk rugs.
Porcelain is also known as china, so named for the country of its origin. Chinese porcelain was originally exported to the U.S. in large quantities, with patterns of rose medallions, honeycombs, and butterflies. English china was also widely exported, by makers such as Spode and Royal Dalton. Blue and white is a popular colour scheme for dinnerware and other porcelain; well-known examples are Meissen’s Blue Onion and Royal Copenhagen’s Blue Fluted Lace.
The mineral content in clay gives antique pottery its basic colour. Some varieties of antique pottery include redware, yellowware, and stoneware. American Art Pottery was created in large quantities during the mid-19th century and is now widely collected.
There are many varieties of antique clocks, including tall case clocks (or grandfather clocks), carriage clocks, mantle clocks, wall clocks, and pocket watches. The case design of clocks generally follows the style of furniture of the period. Clocks that are elaborately designed are usually more highly valued.
Antique metalwork or metalware comes in many forms, from magnificent bronze sculptures to humble pewter utensils. Metals commonly found include bronze, iron, copper, brass, and pewter. Much of the metalware being sold today is in the form of folk art.
This category includes antique furniture, carvings, statues, porcelain, and art; these antiques originate from areas like China, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Antique Buddha figures are quite common and are made of varied materials like bronze and wood. Also, look into highly detailed antique jade statues or pairs of matching antique cloisonné vases.
Other popular antiques categories on eBay include: antiquities, architectural & garden, books, manuscripts, decorative arts, ethnographic, maps, atlases, globes, maritime, musical instruments, primitives, science & medicine, and textiles, linens.