If you visit auctions or vintage sites you will no doubt see the term AF.
So what does it actually mean?
AF means ' as found ' , so what does ' as found ' actually mean?
Well it means you see it in the actual condition it is in ' as found '. So if you have the ability to view the goods you should. As soon as a seller mentions AF, if you can you view that item, do so that's if you want to bid/buy it.
AF can be a massive pain in the bum if you are an online/oversees bidder and cant touch or see the goods, a lot of sellers on ebay and other auction sites use this term ( When they use AF they are usually saying the item is broken in some way )
Mostly when the term AF is described to a vintage or antique piece it means its broken, incomplete or damaged in some way, as stated above.
If you still wish to bid you should ask the auction house/ seller what has made this piece be described as AF, if its just something simple like a broken link, or something you could fix then good luck, it could be something massive like missing diamonds, or chain links beyond repair. Remember a good seller/auction house will answer your questions in advance of sale.