When is it “antique”… or is it just “old”?

By  | August 3, 2017 | Filed under: Interesting Facts, News

An antique (Latin: antiquus; “old”, “ancient”) is an old collectable item. It 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 society.

But when is an object considered antique?

According to US legislation enacted in 1930, an object may be called antique if is was made before 1830 – the legislation exempted objects of art more than 100 years old from customs duties. Firearms, however, classified as antiques need to have been made before 1898.

Automobiles built before 1904 are called veteran cars; those built between 1904 and 1931 are considered vintage, while cars that are at least 20 years old are called classic.

Antique cigars are those made before Fidel Castro took control of Cuba in 1959.

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