People often ask what defines an item as an antique but the answer is neither simple nor straightforward.
Many people say an item has to be at least 100 years old to be called antique. These days though, there seems to be a growing number of people who now consider 50 years to be the cut off point.
In truth, there are many contributing factors apart from age. Things such as the type of item, the quality of the piece, the maker, its rarity and any historical significance attributed to it all have a bearing.