OUR PASSION IS OUR PROFESSION

We are in the antique and jewelry business because it is something that we love.

  • Paintings and Lithographs

    Oils of 19th and 20th centuries.

    Precious Gems and Metals

    Jewelry of diamond and gold.

    Estate Processing

    Evaluation and sale of estate items.

    Meissen, Dresden and KPM

    Rare 18th/19th c. porcelain.

  • Amazing Jewelry

    Costume and fine jewelry inventory.

    Marble and Glass

    Marble statues from around the world.

    Rare and Unique

    Treasures like this only available here.

    Porcelain Figurines

    Inventory of 19th century figurines.

TESTIMONIALS

“My wife and I have become super-fans of GK over the years. From our initial purchase an engagement ring 5 years ago to several more along the way. We have always been treated more than fair and have enjoyed each and every experience in the store. The husband and wife team employes a knowledgeable/friendly staff and maintain a beautiful inventory of collectables and antiques. We always recommend GK to family and friends.”

Terry H., Yelp review

“There are so many good things to say about A-1 Antiques & Porcelain. I'll start with the owner - it's family owned and the husband and wife are genuinely nice people. They've been there forever and have a good, honest business. Next, their prices are great. I've been there as a seller of coins and jewelry more than anything else. I shop around and always find that they give me the best price. Their inventory of antiques, jewelry and porcelain is vast and beautiful. It's always fun to look around. The world is a better place because of this store and the people who run it.”

Tom M., Yelp review

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What is an antique?

An object of considerable age valued for its aesthetic or historical significance.
The only real law concerning the definition of the word antique comes from the US customs office, that considers antique as anything 100 years old.
Antiques are usually objects showing some degree of craftsmanship, or a certain attention to design. They can be bought at antique shops, or passed down trough generations as an estate.
The only known exception to the "100 year rule" refers to cars. Most cars clearly would not meet, as of yet, the requirement to be at least 100 years old, and to be in their original and unaltered condition. So, cars 75 years old, or older, have generally been considered to be 'antique'. Some cars can be registered as "classic" when they are 25 years old. They are usually muscle cars and luxury vehicles such as Rolls-Royce and Bentley. This is not universally accepted, but rather a distinction made almost exclusively by car collectors and enthusiasts.

  • What does vintage mean?

The word vintage originally applied to the age of a bottle of wine; it is now also used to describe an item that has cycled back into fashion or is less then 100 years old.
The value of an item is not affected by the label of “antique”, “vintage” or “collectible”. Whether an item is valuable or not, depends by whether there is a demand for it. Sometimes a very rare antique can be sold for much less than a newer collectible. This happens when there is no demand for the rare antique and a high demand for the newer collectible.

  • What are collectibles?

Collectible are generally accepted to be valuable objects less than a hundred years old.
Initially used by manufacturers and retailers to increase sales, they can be licensed collectibles based on intellectual properties (images, characters and logos from literature, music, movies, radio, television, and video games). They can also include prizes (items of nominal value packaged with or included in the price of a retail product at no additional cost) and premiums (items that can be "purchased" by redeeming coupons, box-tops, or proofs of purchase from the product along with a small fee to cover shipping and handling), or they can come in the form of souvenirs one picks-up on travels. Another important field of collecting is memorabilia, and this refers to items related to a person, organization, event or media.
One of the most important fields of collecting are based on manufactured collectibles (items made specifically for people to collect).
Collectibles are items of limited supply that are sought for a variety of reasons including a possible increase in value. In a financial sense, collectibles can be viewed as a hedge against inflation. Over time, their value can also increase as they become more rare due to loss, damage or destruction. One drawback to investing in collectibles is the potential lack of liquidity, particularly for very obscure items.
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  • What is the difference between a lithograph and a print?

A lithograph is a work of art that is done in a series of pressings. Either with limestone, wooden blocks or etched metal with different colored inks and dyes. Each layer of pressing puts another detail on the paper.
A print is done in limited quantities on a printing machine. It differs from a poster in that a print is typically of a higher quality and posters are mass produced.

  • What are porcelain markings?

Porcelain markings are usually located on the underside of a porcelain piece. They can look like lines or logos, typically blue, green or red color.
Why is this important?
These marks are put on there at the time the piece is made or decorated. They can often indicate the era or timeframe when a piece was made or painted. Sometimes there may be more than one of these markings on an item.

  • Do you evaluate estates?

We evaluate estates for sale by appointment only. Please call us at 847-729-3059 to schedule.

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1705 Glenview RoadGlenview, Illinois 60025United States

Phone: 847-724-3059