Cultural Antiques & Antique Collectors

By: Natalie Halimi

Cultural antiques have always drawn the attention of the collectors. Primitive statues, antique lamps and swords were bought for large sums of money or brought from foreign countries. Each country exhibited its own heritage in museums, and presented to the wide public a variety of beautiful items, brought from different parts of the country. Some antiques were never presented to the wide public, but were kept in museum stores, hidden and well-guarded due to their priceless value. Some antiques were hidden because of their poor condition, which made it impossible for them to be exhibited in the open.

Museums worldwide exhibit different collections of antiques, which represent the country's cultural heritage. Indian, Chinese, Japanese antiques are presented behind thick glass, and kept in special conditions, which protect them from damage.

Antiques include a large variety of items, which differ from one country to another. For instance, African antiques include painted masks and statues, which were used as parts of religious rituals. English antiques are famous by elegant and luxurious items from late 17th and 18th centuries, such as beautiful antiques watches, wall clocks and other special items. Antiques often include expensive items made of gold and silver. For instance, Jewish antiques include many items made of silver, such as silver jewelry, silver rings and menorahs.

Antiques shops in he Internet display different items of antique origin, which are bought by those who can afford it. Antiques are often sold in public auctions, sometimes for very high prices, affordable only to millionaires. The most valuable antique items are kept in museums and presented only for short periods of time, because of their high cultural value. Antiques websites have proved to be very useful, because they enable the buyer to search for special items, which he couldn't have found in his close surrounding. Buyers can explore the antiques from the other part of the world, and order them by the Net. The interest in antiques has always been part of on-line shopping, and antiques are most likely to continue remaining popular.

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