Converted items are both antique & reproduction at the same time. Because of this the materials
and/or construction should possess a very slight degree of wear/tear due to age/use. The main overall
design of a converted piece may remain the same or similar but heavy modifications are made including
structural, finishes etc
- KNOWLEDGE: Basic an understanding of periods, regions, and styles as well local handcraft
- OPTIONS: Converted pieces are opportunistic in nature based on available, original core
pieces and the buyer generally has little to no choice over its design.
- ORDERING: The purchasing (not ordering) ordering process is generally unsophisticated and
inexact. Items cannot be exactly re-ordered but similar pieces may be able to be located.
- SUPPLY/PRICING: As supply will slowly decrease over time and consequently price will rise
as haphazard conversions (as opposed to full restorations) will become a less useful/common
occurrence. Conversions are sometimes is cheaper then “new,” since there is no purchase of
new raw materials.
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