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If you're tired of collecting ordinary things like sports memorabilia or coins and stamps, then it's time to give French Limoges boxes a try. A French Limoges box is a small trinket box. Most were created in France over the years since the 1700s, and are truly incredible works of art. Many people collect these boxes as a creative and unusual hobby.
If you are looking to start a French Limoges box collection, it can help to know what to look for. One thing that will certainly increase the value of your French Limoges box is to ensure that you are choosing boxes that are handmade and painted, rather than factory and assembly line produced boxes. A handmade French Limoges box will offer tiny, incredible details and will usually carry a maker’s mark or signature from a reputable company.
Another thing to look for when purchasing a French Limoges box is for any sign of damage. The value of any collectible is determined by its condition. Chips, worn paint, broken hinges and other damage can significantly lower the value of any item you are collecting.
While a French Limoges box dates from the 1700s, most will likely carry high value at antique stores despite any damage, although for aesthetic reasons it is best to collect boxes that are in as near mint condition as possible. With an eye for detail and the right purchases, you can create a wonderful French Limoges box collection that will intrigue and inspire all of your friends.
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