West 32nd Street
Houston, Texas 77018
Open by appointment only. Please call.
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Hidden gem. By Appointment Only antique gallery in beautiful Garden Oaks (just north of the Heights) has excellent selection of 18th and 19th century Americana & Folk Art. Specializing in antique silhouettes, portraits, school-girl art, and early pewter. Small but select inventory of 18th century American furniture in original or early surfaces. Great addition to a visit to the Historic Heights First Saturday. Please call for an appointment.
Please see my website at www.peggymcclard.com for many, many more items. I try to keep up with updating this website as well as my own, but you can be sure that my website, www.peggymcclard.com, will be the most current with regard to availability and pricing.
1. Antiques are, by definition, at least 100 years old. Anything else is “vintage” or a “collectible”.
2. Move the piece away from walls and other items so you can get a good look at all sides, including the bottom. Study the piece under bright light or ask to take it outside if the weather is not inclement.
3. Examine the finish for natural signs of wear. Authentic pieces will have dirt in crevices or in places that are hard to clean, and wear around knobs and on drawers caused by friction. The absence of such wear may indicate that the piece is not old, or that it has been refinished. The latter is not necessarily bad if it’s been done well, but it will lower the piece’s value in most instances.
4. Negotiate. An all-in-good-fun, see-what-you-can-do-for-me attitude gets you a lot further with dealers than a negative, attacking stance.