What Is An Antique?

What is an antique.

Have you though about what really makes an antique. The term is thrown around a lot, almost to the point that it does not mean anything. So what is an antique.

Websters dictionary, says that an antique is “a work of art, piece of furniture, or decorative object made at an earlier period and according to various customs laws at least 100 years ago”

While this is all good, antique actually means something different to everybody. To a child, an old rotary phone might be an antique. After all, it is very old, not made any more and pretty much obsolete. Whether it has value or not is in the mind of the beholder sometimes.

For me, I consider an antique something that is no longer made and has value beyond its original worth. For example, a brand new chair, even a well built one will lose value as it ages. Over time however, there comes a point where that item starts gaining value again. It might be after 30 years, 50 years or even after 80 years.

Every item is different when it comes to value. Jewelry, for example, will start gaining value much quicker and could, in my mind, be considered an antique much faster than a piece of furniture. Automobiles become classics after 20 years but not antiques until they are perhaps 50 years old.

So, what do you think? What in your mind makes something an antique? Let me know and let’s start a discussion.