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What is an Antique Really?

Jul 21, 2008
You hear the term antique frequently. Did you ever wonder what the word antique actually means? Well, the word antique comes from Latin which means old. The general discussion of the word antique means it is an old collectible item. Typically, an antique is something that is collected or prize because of its age, rarity, condition, or some other special unique feature.

An antique is often representative of a specific era in our human society. A few other definitions for the term antique are an item that is at least 50-100 years old, or any piece of furniture or decorative objects that was produced in a former period. And again is valuable because of its rarity or beauty.

There is often a certain level of craftsmanship in an antique or there is a specific design element. A few examples of this would be the workmanship on an antique clock, or an antique car, or antique piece of furniture.

Antiques are typically found at antique shops, or are passed down as heirloom pieces from generation to generation. Many times, people go hunting for antiques in old shops looking for items that may have been misvalued as junk. Other places you can acquire antiques are at auctions, online through websites or at online auctions.

In addition to peoples private collections, antiques are often found in museums as many collections are expensive, and they have acquired these over time through findings and donations.

Do not confuse the word antique with the term antiquing, which means two different things. The term antiquing could mean the act of looking for, shopping for, identifying or bargaining for antiques. But, the term is also used to refer to the art of making something look as though it is an antique. In your quest for antiques do not buy items that have gone through the practice of antiquing, for they are not real.

Often, valuation of antiques can be difficult. The best way to get a good valuation of any antique is to seek the opening in of a reputable and trained antique appraiser. When looking for someone to value an antique, it is important to check references and make sure the person that is going to create the valuation specializes in the particular category of antique.

The search for and collection of antiques can be fun, profitable, and many people make a living off of the purchase and sale of antiques.
About the Author
Matt loves hunting for antique store antiques . Visit http://antiquestoredealer.com, the Antique Store Dealer for items like antique wall mirrors .
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