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Agora Marketplace Antiques

North Wales, Pennsylvania
Available by Appointment

Selling high quality luxury items from clients in the Philadelphia Region

Recent Posts

How to Approach Unmarked Gold and Silver Antique Jewelry

Unmarked jewelry has a stigma for obvious reasons; antique jewelry has its share of unknowns. But often a good piece is turned down when a precious metals purity mark is not in sight. A fine gold bar pin can be dismissed when there is no more »

How to Research Your Costume Jewelry Maker Date and Value

To research a costume jewelry piece, find the maker, date it, and determine its value. Finding a Maker Look for a maker’s name on the body of your costume jewelry. Experienced vintage jewelers can identify vintage jewelry by their look, feel, and craftsmanship.  Antique  is more »

How to Identify and Appreciate American Arts and Crafts Silver

There certainly is a lot to love about the silver of the American Arts & Crafts movement – the glimmer of a beautiful hand hammered finish, the impressive weight of a piece hand wrought out of thick silver, the variety of innovative designs. But what I find more »

How to Spot Good Vintage Costume Jewelry Miriam Haskell, Eisenberg, or Hobe

My old office had four to five large boxes brimming with costume jewelry on any given day. I loved sorting through the boxes. I would put music on, sit on the floor, and sort the jewelry into piles. I’d find the extraordinary costume pieces that more »

What Asian Art Beginners need to know about Antique Chinese Porcelain

In recent years the market for Chinese antiques has increased dramatically.  Objects that have been collecting dust for decades have suddenly become highly desirable, fetching impressive prices at auction, often many times their pre-auction estimates.  Just last September a white jade seal turned up in more »

How to Decode Dutch Silver Hallmarks Looking for Purity, Makers, Duty and Date Marks

I still remember the combination of frustration and confusion I felt when examining my first piece of Dutch silver, turning the piece over and over and over in my hands straining to find anything resembling a hallmark. Eyes more experienced and better trained than mine could easily pick more »

How to Identify Silver American Aesthetic Movement Antiques

When I started my adventure in the world of antiques, I remember often hearing the phrase “Aesthetic” or “Aesthetic Movement” used to describe pieces which to me seemed completely unrelated. What did these pieces have in common, and what was it that made them “Aesthetic”? more »

How to Clean your Sterling Silver or Silver-Plated Flatware

The ongoing  task of keeping silver beautiful is certainly epitomized in the job of polishing. When I pull out my formal service flatware to prepare it for a meal, I relish the moment as I clean the gorgeous detail of my set. Through our years more »

Pair Bronze Lion Statues Cast Metal Garden Entryway Ornaments 33″ Erik Kramer

One of the best parts of consigning high quality antiques and collectibles is meeting new clients and hearing the stories behind their items.  Stories that enhance the pair of vintage bronze lion garden statues that we have on consignment. As our consignment client was approaching more »

How to Use Leather for Safe Silver Hollowware Cleaning

One of the greatest challenges when cleaning a sterling silver bowl, teapot, compote, shaker, or kettle on stand, is cleaning it without damaging it. When the weight of the individual cleaning it is incorrectly applied to the piece, it can easily result in dents, or more »