You can find every kind of antique on eBay Australia, from antique salt and pepper shakers and antique quilts, to antique maps and antique books. The following provides just a small sampling of the myriad of antiques that can be found on eBay Australia.
Whether you’re looking for antique beds, antique bookcases, antique coffee tables, antique dining tables, antique chairs, antique lounge, antique desks, antique wardrobes or other antique furniture, you’ll find just about every style of antique furniture on eBay Australia.
Period furniture, as opposed to reproductions, was made in the time period when that particular style was new and popular. After furniture manufacturing technology became prevalent, revivals such as Gothic Revival and Renaissance Revival were created, which has led to the prevalence of antique reproductions. Some of the period furniture you’ll find on eBay Australia includes pre 1900, 1900-1949, and 1950 to now.
Each period of history has a corresponding style of furniture that was produced during that time. If you’re after some American style antique furniture, consider Queen Anne (1725-1750) or if you’re into collecting French furniture, buy Louis XV (1723-1774) style. Popular English furniture styles you might find to your liking also include Victorian (1837-1901) and Edwardian (1901-1910).
This category includes antique furniture, carvings, statues, porcelain, and art; these antiques originate from areas like China, Japan, and other Asian countries. Antique Buddha figures are quite common and are made of varied materials like bronze and wood. Also, look into highly detailed antique jade statues or antique cloisonné decorative ornaments.
You may want to organise your antique silver collection by time period, style, or maker. Alternatively, you may want to collect a certain kind of piece, such as antique silver-plated serving forks. Notice the hallmark, or stamp, which often indicates the standard of silver, origin, and other valuable information. There are two major categories of antique silverware:
Sterling silver is the highest-quality silver, but silver plate is affordable and retains all of the beauty of sterling.
Antique art deco
Art deco antiques are characterised by sweeping curves and symmetrical geometrical forms. Part of the decorative art movement, you’ll find some great art deco pieces between 1925 and 1940, to add to your collection, including tables, lights, lamps and glass on eBay Australia.
Antique home décor and kitchenware
If you love decorating your kitchen and home with antiques, you’ll find a great variety of antique kitchenware and decorative ornaments on eBay Australia. Add to the ambience of your lounge room with everything from antique mirrors and antique statues, to antique vases and candle holders.
Antique rugs and carpets
Many antique rugs are handmade and are truly folk art. Rugs can have a flat surface, like on a tapestry or a pile surface. Anything smaller than 2.7 x 1.8 m is a rug, while anything larger is a carpet. Runners refer to long, narrow carpets. Antique rugs refer to rugs more than 50 years old.
Persian rugs can also be referred to as Oriental rugs. Persian rugs include prayer rugs, urban-made rugs, village rugs, and nomadic rugs. Other rugs include those of American Indian origin, and folk rugs.
Antique ceramics and porcelain
Porcelain is also known as china, so named for the country of its origin. Chinese porcelain typically has patterns of rose medallions, honeycombs, and butterflies. A popular English china maker includes Royal Doulton
. A popular colour scheme for dinnerware and other porcelain is blue and white.
The mineral content in clay gives pottery its basic colour. Some varieties of antique pottery include redware, yellowware, and stoneware. You’ll find some unique and collectable Australian pottery as well as art deco pottery on eBay Australia.
Popular antique glass pieces include depression glass from the Great Depression era and Murano art glass (also synonymous with Italian art glass).
There are many varieties of antique clocks, including tall case clocks (or grandfather clocks), mantle clocks, wall clocks, and pocket watches. The case design of clocks generally follows the style of furniture of the period. Clocks that are elaborately designed are usually more highly valued. You’ll also find antique barometers on eBay Australia.
Antique metalwork or metalware comes in many forms, from magnificent bronze sculptures to humble pewter kitchenware. Metals commonly found include copper, brass, bronze, cast iron, and pewter. Much of the metalware being sold today is in the form of folk art.
Other popular antiques
Some other popular antiques categories on eBay Australia include: 20th century antiques, antiquities and artifacts, architectural & house fittings, Art Noveau, ethnographic, maritime, musical instruments, science & medical, textiles, linens, and woodenware.