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Antique, Collectable, Vintage (and Numerous Other Labels): What Do They Mean?

4 October 2013

Many people are confused by the terms used to refer to antiques and collectables. As in all specialised areas, the terms used take on connotations different to common usage and become jargon. To further confuse the situation, the terms can vary from place to place and local usage may be distinctly different from that of a relatively nearby location. Definitions used by experts are often seen to be too complex for laypersons who only need general guidance. This article provides a list of dates, periods and ascriptions together with a few pertinent comments to help non-experts with “what is an antique”.