What is an antique?

An object of considerable age is valued for its aesthetic or historical significance.
The only real law concerning the definition of the word antique comes from the US customs office, which considers antique as anything 100 years old.
Antiques are usually objects showing some degree of craftsmanship, or a certain attention to design. They can be bought at antique shops, or passed down through generations as an estate.
The only known exception to the "100-year rule" refers to cars. Most cars clearly would not meet, as of yet, the requirement to be at least 100 years old and to be in their original and unaltered condition. So, cars 75 years old or older, have generally been considered to be 'antique'. Some cars can be registered as "classic" when they are 25 years old. They are usually muscle cars and luxury vehicles such as Rolls-Royce and Bentley. This is not universally accepted, but rather a distinction made almost exclusively by car collectors and enthusiasts.

What does Vintage Mean?

The word vintage originally applied to the age of a bottle of wine; it is now also used to describe an item that has cycled back into fashion or is less than 100 years old.
The value of an item is not affected by the label of “antique”, “vintage” or “collectible”. Whether an item is valuable or not depends on whether there is a demand for it. Sometimes a very rare antique can be sold for much less than a newer collectible. This happens when there is no demand for the rare antique and high demand for the newer collectible.

What are collectibles?

Collectible is generally accepted to be valuable objects less than a hundred years old.
Initially used by manufacturers and retailers to increase sales, they can be licensed collectibles based on intellectual properties (images, characters, and logos from literature, music, movies, radio, television, and video games). They can also include prizes (items of nominal value packaged with or included in the price of a retail product at no additional cost) and premiums (items that can be "purchased" by redeeming coupons, box-tops, or proofs of purchase from the product along with a small fee to cover shipping and handling), or they can come in the form of souvenirs one picks up on travels. Another important field of collecting is memorabilia, and this refers to items related to a person, organization, event or media.
One of the most important fields of collecting is based on manufactured collectibles (items made specifically for people to collect).
Collectibles are items of limited supply that are sought for a variety of reasons including a possible increase in value. In a financial sense, collectibles can be viewed as a hedge against inflation. Over time, their value can also increase as they become rarer due to loss, damage or destruction. One drawback to investing in collectibles is the potential lack of liquidity, particularly for very obscure items.

What is the difference between a lithograph and a print?

A lithograph is a work of art that is done in a series of pressings. Either with limestone, wooden blocks, or etched metal with different colored inks and dyes. Each layer of pressing puts another detail on the paper.
A print is done in limited quantities on a printing machine. It differs from a poster in that prints are typically of a higher quality. Posters are mass-produced.

What are porcelain markings?

Porcelain markings are usually located on the underside of a porcelain piece. They can look like lines or logos, typically blue, green or red color.
Why is this important?
These marks are put on there at the time the piece is made or decorated. They can often indicate the era or timeframe when a piece was made or painted. Sometimes there may be more than one of these markings on an item.

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