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An antique (Latin: antiquus; 'old', 'ancient') is an item perceived as having value because of its aesthetic or historical significance, and often defined as at least 100 years old (or some other limit), although the term is often used loosely to describe any object that is old.[1] An antique is usually an item that is collected or desirable because of its age, 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 history. Vintage and collectible are used to describe items that are old, but do not meet the 100-year criterion.[2]


Antiques are usually objects of the decorative arts that show some degree of craftsmanship, collectability, or an attention to design, such as a desk or an early automobile. They are bought at antiques shops, estate sales, auction houses, online auctions, and other venues, or estate inherited. Antiques dealers often belong to national trade associations, many of which belong to CINOA, a confederation of art and antique associations across 21 countries that represents 5,000 dealers.

The common definition of antique is a collectible object such as a piece of furniture or work of art that has an enhanced value because of its considerable age, but it varies depending on the item, its source, the year of its creation etc. The customary definition of antique requires that an item should be at least 100 years old and in original condition[citation needed]. (Motor vehicles are an exception to this rule, with some definitions requiring an automobile to be as little as 25 years old to qualify as an antique.[3])

In the United States, the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act defined antiques as, " of art (except rugs and carpets made after the year 1700), collections in illustration of the progress of the arts, works in bronze, marble, terra cotta, parian, pottery, or porcelain, artistic antiquities and objects of ornamental character or educational value which shall have been produced prior to the year 1830."[citation needed] 1830 was the approximate beginning of mass production in the United States. These definitions were intended to allow people of that time to distinguish between genuine antique pieces, vintage items, and collectible objects.

In 1979, the British art critic Edward Lucie-Smith wrote that "Antique-dealers ... sometimes insist that nothing is antique which was made after 1830, although the barrier has been broken down in recent years by the enthusiasm of collectors for Art Nouveau and Art Deco.[4]

Antiquing is the act of shopping, identifying, negotiating, or bargaining for antiques. People buy items for personal use, gifts, or profit. Sources for antiquing include garage sales and yard sales, estate sales, resort towns, antique districts, collectives, and international auction houses.

Note that antiquing also means the craft of making an object appear antique through distressing or using the antique-looking paint applications. Often, individuals get confused between these handmade distressed vintage or modern items and true antiques. Would-be antique collectors who are unaware of the differences may find themselves paying a high amount of money for something that would have little value if re-sold.

Antique furniture is a popular area of antiques because furniture has obvious practical uses as well as collector value. Many collectors use antique furniture pieces in their homes, and care for them with the hope that the value of these items will remain same or appreciate. This is in contrast to buying new furniture, which typically depreciates from the moment of purchase.

Antique furniture includes dining tables, chairs, bureaus, chests etc. The most common woods are mahogany, oak, pine, walnut, and rosewood. Chinese antique furniture is often made with elm, a wood common to many regions in Asia. Each wood has a distinctive grain and color. Many modern pieces of furniture use laminate or wood veneer to achieve the same effect. There are a number of different styles of antique furniture depending on when and where it was made. Some examples of stylistic periods are: Arts & Crafts, Georgian, Regency, and Victorian.

An important part of some antique furniture is its hardware fittings, the style of which varies from one period to another. For example, Victorian era hardware is different from other period hardware and is perceived to be aesthetically defined; this is the reason for its popularity.[5]

Through the use of advanced finishing techniques, the surface of this product is lightly antiqued to produce an elegant patina reminiscent of gracefully aged leather. Antique features a unique breathable protective finish, which is impregnated into the leather, becoming an integral part of the material.

From Old French antique, from antic, borrowed from Latin antīquus. Compare also the inherited Old French antive, from the Latin feminine antīqua, which analogically influenced a masculine form antif (compare a similar occurrence in Spanish antiguo).

While staying a few days in Franklin, we discovered this cute antique jewelry shop. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Probably the least pressure type sales I have ever experienced. They have such stunning pieces and allow you to freely look and try on all the pretties. We spend hours trying to decide on a ring and at the end of the day I still hadn't made up my mind. We came back the next day and they had all of my favorites ready for me to look again. We will definitely be back as Franklin is going to be a staple for us to return to every year! Lensey was our sales person and she was the sweetest and was most helpful. I have never had so much spending so much money. Thank you to everyone in the store, we had a great experience!

Beautiful selection of antique jewelry. Great service, the sales folks are so nice and friendly. And what an amazing historic space in downtown Franklin. Definitely worth a shopping visit. Have something particular in mind...they will update you on possible pieces to fit your jewelry dream!

Antique-It is a water-soluble antiquing agent designed to impart a secondary color or to highlight stamped concrete or textured overlays. Antique-It is easy to apply, dries fast, and provides a durable color that closely resembles the look of antique release powder. Use Antique-It on newly placed hardened concrete or to rejuvenate old stamped concrete.

At the Antique Center of La Crosse, antique enthusiasts and collectors will find a wide variety of items to fit every price range. Since dealers are always buying and selling, the selection is constantly changing. is located in Boise, ID. Starting with over 5,000 yards of antique fabrics including feedsacks, dress rayons and crazy quilt fabrics as well as quilting cottons from the 1850's through the early 2000's, new fabrics are added to the website on a regular basis.

This venture started when The Kirk Collection decided to sell its antique fabric collection nearly 20 years ago. As a result of purchasing a large collection from an avid quilter, in addition to antique fabric, the collection included a large quantity of fabric from the 1980's to early 2000's.

If you have special needs or a fabric emergency, feel free to call or send an email, and we will search the collection for the fabric you need, whether you are finishing a treasured family heirloom, putting together costumes for a film or stage production or dressing a special doll. The best way to contact us is via email at or 208-921-6603.

Antique Vessel DecalA special antique decal may be requested from the DHSMV by completing the Application for Antique Registration Form and mailing it, with a copy of your current vessel registration, to:

Pursuant to N.C.G.S. 105-277.12, antique airplanes are designated a special class of property under Article V, Sec. 2(2) of the North Carolina Constitution and are eligible for assessment at a reduced tax valuation. If qualified, they shall be assessed at the lower of their true value or five thousand dollars ($5,000.00). 041b061a72


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