Valuable Antique Furniture: Use it or Just Display It?

Valuable Antique Furniture: Use it or Just Display It?

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Sarah Rae Smith
Sep 24, 2010

Growing up my family always had Christmas over at my Uncle Dan's house. It was a nice house (still is) but one thing that has always driven us crazy — the antique furniture we're only allowed to sit on during the holidays. Because it was a special time we had to sit on them and although they carry a very heavy price tag as far as condition and worth — man oh man are they uncomfortable!

The living room held a grouping of chairs and a sofa that date back to pre-Civil War days. They're American made and are tufted red velvet with dark wood framing. They have large "swoopy" backs and the springs inside (although in almost mint condition) really aren't the most comfortable of things.

Any other time we would pay a visit the furniture was off limits to help preserve its quality and condition (which was fine by us) but we never really understood why you'd have furniture you wouldn't use. Sure, sure, they're like collecting anything of value (they usually only get more valuable and rare), but still.

We would like to note that there's obviously a difference between having expensive vintage pieces in a home without children where they might be used with a little more caution, but the question still remains — What would you do? Use it or display it?

Do you have family members with "off-limit" seating? How about in your own home? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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