Antique pieces are aged and usually must meet a minimum age before being considered an antique – generally 50 years or more. Should possess some degree of wear/tear due to time/age and use. Each piece is unusual and unique.
- KNOWLEDGE: Requires a comprehensive historical understanding of periods, regions, and styles as well local handcraft construction techniques, price points, authentication techniques etc.
- OPTIONS: There are no specific options, only generalized choices following patterns, motifs, periods and styles. The piece’s age and overall condition is a key consideration.
- ORDERING: The purchasing (not ordering) ordering process is generally unsophisticated and inexact. Items cannot be exactly re-ordered. Similar pieces may or may not be able to be located. Requires time. Because production & finishing techniques varied exensively from factory to factory during that time period, it is therefore difficult to find exact same piece again.
- SUPPLY/PRICING: Supply will constantly decrease over time and consequently price will steadily increase. Pricing can also vary significantly depending on the piece’s age, style, historical significance, condition etc.
- TYPES: Antique/Vintage (Under 50 can be considered “Vintage”), Country vs Classical and Restored/unrestored.
More reading on this topic:
- This antique crackle finish is actually brand new.
- Blurring the line – Is it an antique or a reproduction?
- Blurring the line further… How to tell if its a genuine antique?
- Do you know what you are selling? Because your customer might not.