I am wondering how many years or what makes an item considered an antique? I have seen items that I have not felt like were that "old' that others called antiques. Would like to hear your opinion. thank you!
Topic: How many years to be considered antique?(14 posts)
Well I "googled" that question and found 70-80 years can be considered antique but most says it's over 100 years.
People do seem to be very "generous" with their interpretation of "antiques", but I agree with LuAnn. I did find a good defintion by a antique website of "antique" and "vintage".. which is even harder to pin down. Here it is:
•How old does an item have to be, to be considered "antique"?
The word "antique" is likely to be one of the most elastic in the English language. The definition of this term is subject to vary depending on the person or organization defining it. According to custom laws, which are subject to update annually, an antique is any object that is 100 years old or older. The American interpretation however, holds that anything made before 1920 can be branded as an antique. That being said, an ever increasing interest in 20th century items has resulted in many pieces from this period being added recently into the "antique" category as well. Europeans, on the other hand, have a very different perception of "old" because their history goes back so much further than our own.
•What does the term "vintage" mean?
The word "vintage" comes to us from wineries and brings with it thoughts of quality, excellence, maturity and enduring appeal. The term antique, on the other hand, seems to imply more of an art sense. "Vintage" varies in definition even more than "antique" simply because collectors have different standards for what items attain vintage status in their particular area of specialty. As a rule of thumb, the term vintage usually applies to an item that is old but still in use - as in vintage clothing or an automobile from a specific year.
its too hard of a question.... in some things its one age in others its a different age..... as an antiquer i would be glad to buy some toys and dolls or baseball cards from the 30s and 40s.....but furniture from the 30s and 40s is just used furniture, plentiful and not considered antique.
in the business we dont really worry about that question..... since there is no easy answer and little agreement....more important is; is there a market for something?....there just isnt a magic date that makes sense across the board......
i do use the word vintage now for old stuff....but only becasue its so popular....i really dont care for the word..it sounds newer than antique to me....but im seeing it a lot of places.....
1. The yield of wine or grapes from a vineyard or district during one season.
2. Wine, usually of high quality, identified as to year and vineyard or district of origin.
3. The year or place in which a wine is bottled.
a. The harvesting of a grape crop.
b. The initial stages of winemaking.
a. A group or collection of people or things sharing certain characteristics.
b. A year or period of origin: a car of 1942 vintage.
c. Length of existence; age.
1. Of or relating to a vintage.
2. Characterized by excellence, maturity, and enduring appeal; classic.
3. Old or outmoded.
a. Of the best: played songs that were vintage Cole Porter.
b. Of the most distinctive: "Fatalism has coexisted with vintage American overconfidence" (Thomas Oliphant).
An antique (Latin: antiquus; old) is an old collectible item. It is collected or desirable because of its age (see definition), beauty, rarity, condition, utility, personal emotional connection, and/or other unique features. It is an object that represents a previous era or time period in human society. It is common practice to define "antique", as applying to objects at least 100 years old. Collectibles are, generally speaking, the possible antiques of the future and generally less than 100 years old.
The only real law concerning the definition of the word antique comes from the US customs office, that considers antique as anything 100 years old.
Antiques are usually objects which show some degree of craftsmanship, or a certain attention to design such as a desk or an early automobile. They are most often bought at antique shops, or passed down as an estate. Some valuable antiques can be bought from antique dealers and auction services or purchased online through websites and online auctions.
Etsy considers something vintage if it's over 20 yrs. The Junk Bonanza says 40 years. There are lots of great old things that are less than 100 years old. I don't deal in fine antiques, so I can't be sure. The posts above are probably a better judge of a true antique. I don't think something needs to be a true antique to be in an antique store. I love it when I run across a booth that is full of old 60's and 70's kitsch.
Gosh LuAnn I am right there be an antique.. 72 years old.. humm wonder how much I would bring at an auction..LOL
Hugs your Priceless!!!
I've noticed the term "mid-century" is popular now, to describe items from (I assume) the 50's-60's.
thanks for all the feed back. I generally either like something or I don't. But, have found that everyone has their own concept of whats old, and what word they use for it.
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