What is an Antique? Anyone who browses antique shops these days, the question "What is an antique?" seems to be confusing -
Antiques VS Antiquities? American made antiques are are rarely called antiquities unless they are Native American or Spanish buildings in the Southwest -
Antiques Vs Heirlooms? A Heirloom is something we are personally associated with, inherited, handed down by a family member from just one generation or through many generations. This item may have no particular pedigree or paper, or just a story behind its background and why it is a family treasure. The truth is in the item itself and the workmanship and characteristics which identify the item where its value lies. If you have the pedigree and documentation as well will be what makes it valuable to someone else. Bottom line is that an antique is what the collector knows or perceives it to be and nothing more.