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From Wired Magazine / Photo: Andrew Moore
Whether you are a history buff or not, it’s likely you know the importance of history itself.
History teaches people lessons on how to do and not to do things. History reminds you of how much people have gone through to get to where the world is now.
If people didn’t focus so much on history it would repeat itself far more than it already does.
Nobody lives forever, so the recording of history, whether it’s a family history, the history of a certain recently banned flag, or the history of a nation, is important so that future generations can know the past.
Recording history is more than just writing it down.
It’s also important to preserve artifacts of history, like the Declaration of Independence and the Liberty Bell.
Museums are home to artifacts, which if left unprotected, would wither away into nothing.
Not only are they a great place to keep collections of items that tell the story of history, war, families, and more, but they are also a great place for people that enjoy history to see things they may not otherwise see.
Museums curate and preserve items, from dinosaur bones to historical documents. Many personal collectors leave their own collections to museums upon their deaths.
Why?, because, collectors of history know how important it is to protect these items. They also know that museums will keep them on display for anyone who wants to learn more.
Starting Your Own Collection
If you are interested in building your own historical document, or artifacts, the Raab Collection suggests focusing on the quality of your items rather than the quantity.
To maintain the value of your investment one must make sure that the document condition is maintained, which is not always an inexpensive process. In addition, why own these pieces of treasure without being able to see or share them, which is why Raab can also help you display your history.
How Much Is It Worth?
While you may simply want to collect items, for whatever reason, and money may not be a concern to you, it is still important to find out how much your collectibles are worth. For one thing, you want their worth recorded for your insurance purposes, just in case something were to happen to your collection.
Pricing starts with doing some research, between books, TV and the internet, you should be able to find plenty of information on any antique you find.
You may want to take your item into an antique shop or a company that specializes in antiques and collectibles. Find someone that specializes in the particular item you have and you will be quickly on the road to knowing the worth of your item or collection.
The value of historical pieces can quickly go up, so if it’s been a while since you had your items appraised, it may be time to look into it again.
How to Protect a Collection
You should know that things like paper items can become really brittle with age. Paper dries out and can easily yellow and crumble. You really need to make sure that you take your items into a professional and have them properly preserved so that they can last forever.
Different materials need different preservation techniques.
Take time to look into this information before your collection loses its worth.