What to watch out for
Many times you will be presented with something that seems too good to be true and I hate to write it but yes, it usually is too good to be true. Unfortunately the market is flooded with knock offs and reproductions and the counterfeiters just keep getting better at it. I have been burned several times in my life but it typically happens when I am buying from a category of products I am not very familiar with. Several times I have purchased reproduction antique weapons that someone decided to bury in their backyard for a few years as to add some age and patina to the metal. Spotting fake and reproduction antiques takes a well trained eye and a lot of experience. With antiques some simple things to look for; if it has screws or nails do they appear to be hand forged and not made by a machine?