A few months ago, we discussed the question of what is vintage silver vs. antique silver, the crux of the issue is time.
Antique pieces, in my definition are older than 1900, vintage ranges from 1900-1945-ish at which time modern or mid-century begins to become my term of choice. The dividing line between each of these categories shifts a bit depending on the dealer and the item (not too many cars around from before 1900).
But in the flood of “get-ready for the holiday season” catalogs pouring in via the mail…well, let’s just be clear…
Something that is new is not an antique or vintage piece.
It can be retro or inspired by a vintage or antique piece, but it should not be called antique. It doesn’t matter what has been done to it to make it mimic the look of vintage heirlooms that have been passed down through the generations. It’s new and only 100+ years from now will it be an antique…assuming it lasts that long.
Casually and incorrectly calling new pieces vintage and antique does a real disservice to everyone – businesses and consumers alike.
As the owner of Silver Magpies I take the labels and descriptions applied to the pieces I sell very seriously. You can see for yourself in Silver Magpies Shop Policies. My reputation depends on it.