Antiques & Vintage
Technically, an antique should be at least 100 years old. If it’s younger than that it should be designated as vintage. Often this definition is blurred, with items from the 20s 30s and sometimes even 40s acquiring the antique label. I don’t think it matters all that much, but I know that some people like to stick to that definition. I’m not here to annoy people, so please accept my apologies if I use the wrong designation from time-to-time. I don’t want to be a pedant!
One of the easiest places to start if you’re interested in antiques and vintage is silver from the UK & Ireland. There are specific assay marks on pieces of silver from these countries and all that is needed to date silver is a good reference book (I’ll be posting some useful links in a separate section soon…) and a clear magnifying glass. In addition to the date mark, most pieces of silver should also feature a city mark and a mark designating the maker. This all goes to making silver collecting an easy entry into the world of antiques, vintage and collectibles.
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