The Antiques Council is a professional association of antique dealers that mandates the highest ethical and professional standards. Members are selected by their peers for the quality of their merchandise, their expertise, and integrity. The green plaque with the AC logo is the trademark of Antiques Council membership. When displayed in a shop window or in a booth at an antique show, it is a sign of both authenticity and quality, from an expert with whom you can feel confident when you acquire something for your home or your collection.
Since its inception in 1990, this leading not-for-profit association has worked to:
There are currently more than 80 dealer members throughout the North America, Europe and the United Kingdom. Membership is by invitation only, and all members are evaluated annually. Each member is required to perform the following tasks when selling an item:
Education of the public is extremely important to our mission and we encourage our members to publish articles on topics of interest within their respective specialties. The Journal of the Antiques Council, our own publication, is available on line and includes articles by our members on a long list of topics in the field of antiques scholarship and collecting. Members also participate in educational events at Council managed shows that include such things as guided tours, lectures, and informal booth chats.
Read articles about antiques in the Journal of the Antiques Council
All antiques presented for sale in an Antiques Council Show must be clearly and correctly labeled. Dealers are required to adhere to published standards for quality and authenticity, and must provide a full description on the bill of sale and guarantee all items for authenticity. The public can always have confidence purchasing antiques at a show managed by the Antiques Council.
We now have over 80 members from North America, Europe and the United Kingdom specializing in a very wide variety of antiques.
Most exhibit at antique shows and many run full-time shops.
Our membership listing includes information about their locations, their specialties, and how to contact them.