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Vintage vs. Antique Quiz: What's the Difference?
by Staff
Antiques, those desirable collectibles from another time, come in many forms. How old an item has to be before it becomes an official antique may be a contentious topic, though. Let's explore some fine finds that may or may not rate an antique moniker -- and price tag.

In some industries, a legitimate antique may be classified as a vintage item, too. In what area of collecting is "vintage" a common description, even for a centenary object?

  • numismatics (coin collecting)
  • jewelry collecting
  • philately (stamp collecting)

A collectible derives value from its vintage or antique status, but that's not the only determiner of worth. What are the other key factors in deciding the value of a collectible?

  • condition and provenance
  • rarity and popularity
  • all of the above

As defined by the U.S. Customs Service, an antique is an object 100 years old or older, but that's a liberal definition. Collectors may apply a more rigorous standard to specific objects that were made before the advent of mass production. What other important date may be applied to hand-crafted antiques?

  • 1875
  • 1830
  • 1790

When it comes to wood furniture, what's a quick way to tell the difference between an antique and a vintage piece?

  • the intricacy of the carving
  • the assembly methods used
  • the choice of wood used

A collectible vehicle that hasn't achieved antique status isn't referred to as "vintage" as often as it's called a . . . ?

  • benchmark design
  • classic
  • masterwork

What has to happen for clothing to qualify as vintage?

  • a world war
  • an evaluation by a new generation of designers
  • a change in the prevailing styles of the day

Before what date does an article of clothing have to have been produced to qualify as an unofficial antique?

  • 1945
  • 1920
  • 1929

Is an antique item always better than a vintage item?

  • No. It depends on the demand for the item and its overall condition.
  • Always. It adds at least 20 percent to the value.
  • Yes. Older means better quality and workmanship.

What's the biggest difference between a vintage and an antique piece?

  • workmanship
  • style
  • age

How long does it take for a collectible to turn into a vintage collectible?

  • 10 years
  • 20 years
  • 50 years