Vintage Antique

How old is vintage and antique?
An antique is about a century old. Most antiques are locked somewhere safe so they would still be in great shape. They are also not used as they usually serve a display. Only a select people are allowed to touch those items so there would be no accident that would happen to those things. On the other hand, a vintage item is at least twenty years old. There are some things that are vintage but some people keep them because they see sentimental value in them. You can’t blame them for doing that though because some events may have made those things special.

Vintage Antique pocket watch.

What is considered vintage?
A style of clothing is considered vintage when it is at least twenty years old. There are some clothing styles that are still used because it still looks great. No matter how many years have passed by, people would still wear them. In addition, brands would continue to explore the possibilities of marketing their vintage clothing using today’s top young stars wearing them. It is not such a bad idea since they say as things change, the more they stay the same.

What is the difference between vintage and antique?
The difference is the age of the item. If the item is anywhere between 20 to 99 years old, then it is considered to be vintage. If it is 100 years old and possibly more than that, it is considered to be an antique. There are some museums dedicated to showcasing antique items and some people would go all the way there just to see those things.

What is the rarest antique?
Elvis Presley’s lock of hair actually sold for about $115,000. The barber who got the flock of hair from the singer turned out to be pretty lucky. He had pictures of himself and the singer since he would need to prove that is actually Elvis’ hair. Believe it or not, if that person did not buy it for that price, some people would have bought it for a lot more than that. That is how some collectibles idolize Elvis Presley. He was certainly a remarkable singer and some of his songs are still being played.

Is 1980 considered vintage?
The year 1980 is not considered vintage as it is considered to be in the past. However, items that were made that time are considered vintage since they were made more than twenty years ago. It depends on the item though as there are certainly some items a lot of people would want to get their hands on. On the contrary, there are also some items where nobody would want to even touch.

What year makes something antique?
An item is considered an antique if it is at least one hundred years old. It is hard to have an item like that nowadays. It would need to be made of durable items and it needs to be regularly maintained. There are some furniture items that would last that long though.

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Not only does Lhayward Collection have a truly amazing range of antiques on offer, but the in-store experts can also complete antique valuations for anyone interested in knowing how much their valuables are worth. The team can offer detailed advice on how to maintain your antiques for many years to come.

Lhayward Collection ’s are always on the lookout for quality antiques to add to their diverse and varied range. We continually seek good art deco lamps, writing bureaus, period furniture, object d’art, classic Victoriana and interesting collectibles to purchase. We are always looking for classic, vintage, antique and unusual items, pop into the North Fremantle store today!

Antique Valuation in a Nutshell

 Antiques are items which are old to some extent and have some value in them. The value might be appreciated in terms of money or good. Antiques are more often than not items which are collectible. They may possess some significant value in terms of history, aesthetics, age, condition, rarity, emotional or personal connection and other unique characteristics. Antiques often represent a time period or an era in human history. There are organizations all over the world which deal with antiques. There are enthusiasts also who swear by antiques and have large collections of them. In the antique trade, an item to be considered as an antique has to be at least more than 100 years old. If it is less than 100 years, that item may be considered as vintage. In this article, we are going to discuss some of the most common queries people have in relation to antiques.

How do I identify an antique?

The most common question people have is how do they identify their antiques. A most valuable piece of items will have signatures or marks on them. This can help identify the maker of the item or which time period it was created. Most common pieces of antiques like silverware, glass or porcelain objects and even furniture will have some marks engraved on them. If the item was valuable, the maker would definitely want people to know of its value. Looking for hallmarks or signatures can be one of the most common ways of identifying antiques.

What collectibles are worth money?

There are a lot of items out there which might fetch a good amount of cash. We list some Items down below which can fetch money:

  • Equestrian paintings have a lot of value in them due to their beauty and rarity. Other old pictures may also be valuable. The artist and the date of painting can usually be found on the back of the painting or on the lower right corner.
  • Wooden chests, storage boxes and even drawers can be valued as antiques. Old wood is considered rare and the age gives a unique colour and texture to the wood.
  • Metal trunks are another unique item which cannot be found nowadays. Old trunks were used as early as the 1800s when horse-drawn carriages were still a thing.
  • Furniture, rugs and quilts are another favourite items for collectors. They are one of the most commonly seen pieces of antiques in auctions. Antique rugs and quilts will often have some sort of embroidery in them which a specialist can determine.
  • Old books are a hot favourite among the antique community. They signify knowledge and learning from history.
  • Musical instruments with old designs are another great piece of antiques
  • Other items include belt buckles, pottery, coin banks, sewing machines, postcards, perfume bottles, mailboxes, silverware, antique tools, vinyl records and tapes, luggage bags, dollhouses, etc.

Is antique furniture valuable?

Old furniture can usually be detected from the wood. Antique furniture can be very valuable due to the type of wood used and the era in which they were produced. There can be different types of furniture like armchairs, swings, tables, cupboards, etc, which can be very valuable if estimated properly by an expert.

How do I find the value of my antiques?

If you want to undertake antique valuations for your item, then the best approach would be to seek the help of a professional valuation expert. These are people who deal in antiques and will assist you in finding the best replacement value for your item. If you feel after consultation with an expert that you have a valuable item on your hand, it is wise to get insurance for the same. A trustworthy specialist will value your antique based on:

  • Object type
  • Materials used
  • Markings and inscriptions
  • Distinguishing features
  • Maker
  • Title
  • Subject
  • Date

Where can I sell my antiques and valuables?

There are a lot of places where you can sell your antiques. If you are looking to do it offline, approaching your local antique shop may be the best option for you. A simple google search will reveal to you all places around you which deal in antiques. You can also visit auction houses where they can do a free appraisal for you.

How can I get antiques appraised online?

There are also various websites where you can get your antiques appraised and then proceed to sell them. These websites will assess your antiques for determining the exact value and then offer you a price. Appraisal of antiques online takes very little effort and time on your part. It is best to approach multiple dealers to get an idea of the average market price.