Protect What Matters to You with Object ID
When you look around your home, what are the items that are most precious to you? Your homeowners insurance generally covers the contents of your home. But, there are specified limits on certain items such as jewelry, paintings, antiques, collections, musical instruments, and silverware. For extra protection on your most valuable items you may want to add a scheduled personal property endorsement to your homeowner’s policy.
Object ID is an international standard for describing art, antiques and antiquities. Object ID has been developed through the collaboration of museums, cultural heritage organizations, police and custom agencies, the art trade, appraisers, and the insurance industry.
A stolen object is very unlikely to be recovered and returned to you, unless it has been photographed and adequately described.
Follow this checklist below and answer as many questions as possible about the item to ensure you have proper coverage and documentation in place for your most valued possessions.
Object ID Checklist
Take Photographs - Answer these questions
- Type of Object - What type of object is it (e.g., painting, sculpture, clock, mask)?
- Materials & Techniques - What material is the object made of (e.g., brass woods, or oil on canvas)? How was it made?
- Measurements - What are the size and/or weight of the object? Specify which unit of measurement is being used and to which dimension the measurement refers.
- Inscriptions & Makings - Are there any identifying markings, numbers or inscriptions on the object?
- Distinguishing Features - Does the object have any physical characteristics that could help to identify it?
- Title - Does the object have any a title by which it is known and might be identified?
- Subject - What is pictured or represented?
- Date or Period - When was the object made?
- Maker - Do you know who made the object? This may be an individual, a company, or a cultural group.
Write a Short Description - Include additional information, which may help to identify the object.
Keep It Secure - Having document an object, keep this information all in a safe place.
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