How to Spot Quality Antique Hardware at Estate Sales


They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. But with estate sales, the things we would throw away become a treasure for everybody.

For some people, their old item is just a keepsake. But for others, it can be a lovely antique… and antique hardware adds wonderful appeal to any restoration project.

As much as we dislike it, there are people who will try to pass off new items as antiques. However, that’s no reason to stop looking. At Prestige Estate Services we carefully catalog all items appropriately, and anything listed as an antique is an appraised antique.

You’ll find plenty of wonderful items if you follow these tips.

What Is The Aesthetic?

One of the most important things to look for in antique hardware is the aesthetic. There are a few reasons why this is such an important element of an antique product.

The first is using it in your own home. You may want to use your furniture as a standalone item, or you may want to take an old skeleton key and repurpose it as decor.

Either way, you can gain valuable information by taking a look at an item. Picture it in your home, and see if you’re interested in making it a valuable part of your life.

Is It Rare Antique Hardware?

Rarity is an important element in any antique. The best items on the market tend to have the most value simply through their scarcity. In the hardware world, this means looking at the exact brand of key or padlock you’ve been sold.

There is more value in rare items, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get something more common. If you think something is beautiful, then it’s a worthwhile purchase.

That being said, older things are less likely to survive. This means that the rarest antiques tend to either have been produced in smaller quantities or be much older in years. And either way, this is amazing news for collectors.

Check The Condition

The condition is an important part of valuing an antique. A piece of hardware can be incredibly old, but if it’s also decayed, it does not have the same value.

That is why it is crucial for you to evaluate the condition of any antique hardware you get. While the romantic story behind an item may be wonderful, its present reality may not be.

Is It Real?

Of course, the most important part of an antique is its legitimacy. It’s incredibly common to find fake antiques, and this can be bad news for collectors.

There have been plenty of people to make big bucks by fooling unsuspecting collectors. While we hope that the people around us are too good to commit antique fraud, it’s always possible that they’re fooling you.

That is why buying from a reputable company provides peace-of-mind that any antique you pick up is legitimate.

Find A Good Estate Sale

The most important way to get great antiques is by finding a good estate sale. And if you live in the Colorado area, we can help.

We only work with trustworthy and qualified people who have something genuinely valuable to give our customers. We don’t trade in junk or fake antiques.

So if you want to get something old and lovely, contact us to learn about our sales.

Prestige Estate Services
2201 Kipling Street, Suite 101
Lakewood, CO 80215