For starters, you must know that every item has a story behind it. This means that if you own an old telephone or an old vase which you have inherited from your ancestors, there would be a story or an origin of where it was made and why it was made.
Where then could you find this information? If you have a piece of old antique which you want to know more about in terms of its origins and such, then there are several choices to start from. You can first conduct your research at collections and archives where they would give you a headstart of the era and timeline.
There are many places around Malaysia that you can start looking and the best place to do so is at the National Archives. Although you would need special permission to access the resources, you can always write a formal request to them.
The National Museum is another place where you can learn more about the history of Malaysia and all the items like tableware and clothing used during the various eras of the country. You might find an item in the exhibitions that could provide you with a better understanding of what you owned and perhaps associate an item with them.
Apart from that, you can also search for such information through places like the National or State Libraries all of which will have books and records that will surely be of great help.
It is essential that you have enough information and resources before you set out to value your antiques or items. One thing for sure, the older an item looks does not necessarily mean that it is very valuable. Furthermore, there are also countless resources online that will be able to help you gauge the value of your items as well.
Once you have gathered the information that you need, then you can start approaching the professional valuators. You must know that the professional valuators do charge a premium for valuing your items.
In most cases, the professional valuators will charge you by the hour and this could range from hundreds to thousands of ringgit depending on the experience and expertise. So instead of allowing the experts to research for you, this is something that you should do prior to engaging them so that the deal is to evaluate your item and give you a price instead of spending more time on other matters.