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Just as one option, here's Wikkedpedia's definition: Definition
The definition of antique varies from source to source, product to product, and year to year. However, some time-tested definitions of antique deserve consideration, such as the following:
- "An item which is at least 50 to 100 years old and is collected or desirable due to rarity, condition, utility, or some other unique feature. Motor vehicles, power tools and other items subject to vigorous use in contrast, may be considered antiques in the U.S. if older than 25 years, and some electronic gadgets of more recent vintage may be considered antiques."[ citation needed]
- "Any piece of furniture or decorative object or the like produced in a former period and valuable because of its beauty or rarity."[ citation needed]
In the United States, the 1930Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act defined an antique as "works of art (except rugs and carpets made after the year 1700), collections in illustration of the progress of the arts, works in bronze, marble, terra cotta, parian, pottery or porcelain, artistic antiquities and objects of ornamental character or educational value which shall have been produced prior to the year 1830."[ citation needed] 1830 was roughly the beginning of mass production in the U.S.
Thanks for pointing out that the definition of an antique can vary from source to source. I was on site today that seems to be populated by people in their 20's and 30's. They define "vintage" as anything that was manufactured between 20 and 50 years ago and "antique" as anything that's over 50 years old.
Needless to say that site is really for Handmade Goods. The amount of vintage goods there is really insignificant when compared to the mass of handmade goods. Thus, the bizarre age parameters.