Written by Jim Murphy | Photos by Anthony Harden (June 2017)
Do you salivate at the sight of an antique? If you’re a dealer of antiques, why do you do it? Where in Western North Carolina can you find antiques, and how much will they cost you? More important, what exactly makes an
antique an “antique”? Let’s discuss.
The objects may be simple or elaborate; useful or decorative; inexpensive, valuable, sometimes even rare. But for all their diversity, their one essential quality is: They are survivors.
Antiques are the stuff of life, reaching back decades or centuries and offering a glimpse of what it was like “way back then.” They inspire curiosity about their individual history: Who sat in that 19th century chair? Was it a farmer relaxing at the end of another exhausting day? A merchant waiting for customers? A banker listening to a loan applicant? Over the years, how many people owned it, sat in it and—finally—tucked it away in an attic to gather dust for decades?
Whatever its history, that antique piece of china, silverware, quilt, or chair has outlived numberless contemporary items, fading over the years from everyday necessity to enjoyable curiosity.
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