There is a general rule of thumb to always follow: If it looks old, heavy and special – and you don’t know what it is – don’t buy it.
However, there are some cases where there is enough information to go forward. We put together a handy infographic and workflow to help you decide if that really cool vase at an antique mall is something you should pick up.
When in doubt, contact an expert. But, have fun learning more about history and attempting to be a good steward.