The 10 Most Commonly Collected Antiques


One of the best aspects of antique collecting is how diverse the hobby can be.

Sure, your antique collection could consist of stamps and other paper products, while a friend’s collection could be made entirely of typewriters and jewelry boxes.  Yet regardless of the differences in each collection, antique collectors are unified by a common interest in the past. Whether we want to admit it or not, everyone is affected by those who have come before us, and antiquing brings together a wide community to uncover that history piece by piece. As we’ve mentioned before in our 10 Reasons Why You Should Value Your Antiques list, uncovering the story behind every item gives antique collecting the excitement it has today.

For those of you who are perhaps confused by the sheer number of antiques currently available, we’ve assembled a list of 10 antiques that seem to be more commonly collected than others. If you’re already a collector of anything on this list, consider posting your collection in our antiques club!

ComAnt1010: Silver

Whether it’s silverware, silver jugs, or even silver cigarette boxes, antique silver is considered very valuable in the world of antiques.

That said, we’d only recommend silver collecting for those with particularly deep pockets. Individual items can cost thousands of dollars each.


9: Dolls

No matter where they come from or who made them, antique dolls have a distinct style that makes them easily recognizable to even those who know nothing of antiques.

While dolls and doll accessories can be collected piecemeal, a well preserved doll with all clothing intact can be worth anything from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars.




comAnt88: Jewelry

They say diamonds are forever, but those aren’t the only gemstones preserved within the myriad forms of antique jewelry.

Although genuine antique jewelry can be hard to appraise without the help of a professional, any piece that has served as a family heirloom is already priceless beyond compare.

ComAnt77: Glassware

Glassware dates back as early as the 1800s, but many century-old glasses and bowls look remarkably similar to their modern-day counterparts. It makes sense, of course; if a classic design ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

With a large variety of glassware on the market with a wide range of price points, glassware is among the more accessible kinds of antiques to collect to this day.




ComAnt66: Metal 

Many forms of metal may not meet the century-old age requirement laid out in the dictionary definition of “antiques,” but that doesn’t stop vintage signs and locks from feeling unabashedly retro.

The best part about antique metal? Under the right conditions, metal items can last for generations.

ComAnt55: Clocks

With smartphones and smartwatches changing the way we keep track of the time, nothing adds a rustic feel to a home like an antique clock.

Similarly, antique pocket watches remain just as fashionable now as they’ve ever been.


ComAnt44: Pottery

Antique pottery transcends cultural boundaries, which means no two collections will ever be alike. It’s not surprising that many forms of pottery are considered fine art!

That said, while not all pottery is necessarily expensive, the price ceiling for antique pottery can be as high as tens of thousands of dollars.




ComAnt33: Rugs

Much like pottery, antique rugs hail everywhere from China to Portugal. As to be expected, rugs are commonly used to add ethnic flair to any environment.

Although they may be hard to store, well maintained rugs are sure to retain their value for years to come.


2: China 

China is the catch-all term for decorated porcelain originating from – you guessed it – China, so the variety in modern-day china is remarkably vast. In fact, we’d venture a guess that most readers will have seen some form of a china collection at least once in their lives.

Due to their beautiful designs and a high demand for porcelain cups from the 1800s onward, many western citizens imported china and kept it within their families. Whether it is used as dinnerware or just decoration, there’s no better way to add elegance to any dining atmosphere.

1: Furniture

As mass produced living room and bed room sets have dominated the modern home decor marketplace, so too has antique furniture found a new consumer demand in this day and age. Not only do lovers of history value antique furniture, but home owners looking to distinguish their properties have breathed new life into the market.

The best part of antique furniture is that it’s so much more than a mere collection; you actually get to live in your collection! Whether it’s a rustic armoire or a classic rocking chair, these are antiques that actively display your interests and lifestyle. Even if antique furniture is not your style, it’s undeniable that the products of the past can become innovations well into the future.

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