An overview of BADA's antiques assessment service

BADA assessment service

This service is available to any member of the public wishing to obtain confirmation of the age and appropriate description of an antique object. Please be aware that this is not a valuation service.

How it works

At least three experts are appointed by BADA to inspect items submitted for assessment. They are usually willing to comment upon existing descriptions or provide a description where none exists.


Items for assessment should be delivered at the owner’s expense to BADA’s offices in London. The items are insured up to a maximum level whilst on our premises.

BADA undertakes that any object submitted will be examined by a panel of at least three experts who will provide their opinion on the object’s age, appropriate description and authenticity.

Every opinion is given in good faith after an inspection and examination carried out with due diligence and within the current boundaries of knowledge.

The views of experts can often differ in attribution and identification, therefore neither BADA nor its panel members can give any warranty as to the complete accuracy of assessments.

BADA's Assessment Service operates subject to the above conditions and anyone using the Service will be assumed to have accepted them.

How to apply

Please apply to BADA for an Assessment form, which should be completed and returned, together with a cheque or draft drawn on a UK bank payable to "BADA" for sterling £300.00 (inclusive of VAT).

Please telephone us to discuss the item first, so that our staff can assess its suitability for the Service. In certain cases, by prior arrangement, the item can be examined on the owner’s premises in which case the fees for this are £600.00 (inclusive of VAT) plus travel expenses as incurred.

Upon receipt of the completed form BADA will then contact you to arrange a time for delivery of the item to our premises.