An antique (Latin: antiquus; "old", "ancient") is an old collectable item. It is collected or desirable because of its age, beauty, rarity, condition, utility, personal emotional connection, and/or other unique features. It is an object that represents a previous era or time period in human society.

It is common practice to define "antique" as applying to objects at least 100 years old,

Antiques are usually objects that show some degree of craftsmanship—or a certain attention to design, such as a desk or an early automobile. They are bought at antique shops, estate sales, auction houses, online auctions, and other venues, or estate inherited. Antique dealers often belong to national trade associations, many of which belong to CINOA, a confederation of art and antique associations across 21 countries that represents 5,000 dealers.


The common definition of antique is a collectible object such as a piece of furniture or work of art that has a high value because of its considerable age, yet it does in fact vary depending on the source, product, and year. Motor vehicles are an exception to the 100-year rule. The customary definition of antique requires that an item be at least 100 years old and in original.

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Interiors: The new curiosity shop

The Daily Mail 17 Oct 2021
While its relaxed, seemingly thrown-together interiors style makes it look every inch a much loved and lived-in home, it is actually a carefully curated antiques shop; each room a show space for all manner of vintage furniture, mirrors and art....

The Aztec Origins of a Mysterious Elizabethan Mirror

Democratic Underground 11 Oct 2021
The Aztec Origins of a Mysterious Elizabethan Mirror ... Their findings, which were published this week in the journal Antiquity, show that the mirror is very similar to the samples from Pachuca, an area that was heavily mined for obsidian during the period that it was under Aztec control. Though rock mirrors date to 4000 B.C....

Explore London from Dukes, James Bond creator Ian Fleming’s favourite haunt

Belfast Telegraph 11 Oct 2021
When you read or hear the words “A martini, shaken, not stirred” you instantly know the famous phrase was uttered by James Bond ... INSTITUTION. Dukes dates back to 1908. /. INSTITUTION ... / ... As well as choosing an after dinner martini in the bar you can avail of the hotel’s Cognac & Cigar garden which features antique mirrors and is lit by fairy lights ... ....

Friedman: Endless shopping and decorating wars

Burlington County Times 10 Oct 2021
Antiques ... I was drawn to a golden oak with curlicues spotted in the back of a Philadelphia antique shop ... I had visions of hanging tapestries, quirky mirrors and tiny antique watercolors ... art deco (my choice) and subdued (his) and a plant, a mirror and a soap dish from our old house....

Time for a Devotional Break: Where do You Hang Your Hope?

The News Banner 09 Oct 2021
For many years I’ve owned an old, extremely heavy, round mirror ... I soon realized, however, that the mirror, hung from a nail set at the previous homeowner’s idea of a safe height, was fairly useless ... Alas, within a few days it became clear that command strips are NOT the way to go with an antique mirror that is extremely heavy....

Aztec origin of Elizabethan spirit mirror confirmed

Phys Dot Org 07 Oct 2021
New research has confirmed that an obsidian mirror used by John Dee, confidante to Queen Elizabeth I, to contact otherworldly spirits in his occult practices has Aztec origins ... Their research, published in the journal Antiquity, confirmed the Aztec origins of John Dee's mirror ... reflections on John Dee's obsidian mirror, Antiquity (2021) ... Antiquity....

New Study Verifies Aztec Manufacture of John Dee’s Obsidian Spirit Mirror

Ancient Origins 07 Oct 2021
Of special interest was a shiny black obsidian mirror, which belonged to the famed 16th century magician, scientist, court advisor, and occult devotee John Dee ... John Dee’s circular black obsidian mirror, which is approximately 7.5 inches (19 centimeters) in diameter, was first acquired by the British Museum in 1966 ... Antiquity Publications Ltd....

John Dee’s spirit mirror has Aztec origins

Heritage Daily 07 Oct 2021
Study reveals that an obsidian mirror owned by John Dee during the Elizabethan period has Aztec origins ... A study published in the journal Antiquity has now solved the mystery, using a geochemical analysis and X-rays to measure the composition of the mirror ... John Dee’s mirrorImage Credit . Antiquity ... Antiquity....

"Spirit Mirror" Used By Tudor Occultist Has Origins In Aztec Volcano

IFL Science 07 Oct 2021
The origins of a mysterious “spirit mirror” used to connect the courts of English queens to the world of the occult has been traced back to volcanoes of Mesoamerica ... The incredible story of this otherworldly object was recently reported in the journal Antiquity ... John Dee’s mirror specifically appears to be created from obsidian sourced near Pachuca....

Obsidian 'spirit mirror' used by Elizabeth I's confidant, John Dee, to contact otherworldly entities in ...

The Daily Mail 07 Oct 2021
An obsidian 'spirit mirror' once used in the 16th Century by John Dee, a confidant of Elizabeth I, to contact otherworldly entities, has Aztec origins, a new study revealed. The mirror, now held in the British Museum in London, has long been suspected of being made by the ancient South American empire, but the truth was lost to history....

The Gainsbourger Is Seattle's Best Happy Hour Deal—and Also the Best Cheeseburger, Probably Ever?

The Stranger 29 Sep 2021
Every other Wednesday, Meg van Huygen's Sub Missives tell the stories of the Seattle area's best sandwiches ... Sponsored. Rediscover your local library this fall ... Just like the pressed tin tiles, the scruffy old mirrors, the floral flea market plates, the antique wooden bar, the art nouveau lady-shaped absinthe fountain—it’s all so pretty to me ... Louis....

Junk Jaunt a 'real treasure;' Some sell stuff so they can buy more

The Grand Island Independent 27 Sep 2021
In an open trailer, he displayed a pristine antique dresser with large oval mirror for $450 ... The Lefflers are also antique dealers who sell at Railroad Town ... They offered old furniture, old microwaves, pots, artificial floral arrangements, and an antique clawfoot bathtub for $200....

Wilmington’s Cargo District welcomes natural wine bar, craft beers

Star News 24 Sep 2021
A new wine shop with a focus on natural selections is hosting a grand opening celebration on Saturday. Bottles is located in Homegrown Market at 615 S. 15th St. in Wilmington’s Cargo District and from 3-10 p.m ... Background ... More ... Look for a vintage-inspired space with Edison lights, antique mirrors, and an outdoor patio ... It's open from noon to 9 pm ... ....