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