Antiques Defined

The accepted definition of an antique is an object that is 100 or more years old.  We dislike the usage of “semi antique” used to describe items that are less than 100 years as it is confusing and is usually used only as a sales tool.

The other words such as “genuine”, “original” and “rare” are also misleading and could have numerous meanings.  Every object has what we call elements of value.  Those elements have a profound effect on the ultimate value of the item. Refinishing, replaced hardware or poor restoration has a negative effect while a nicely worn finish, original but worn brass hardware that has been handled and touched by countless hands over the years has an irresistible allure to the collector.