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What is an Antique?

The traditional definition of Antique has been applied to anything made before "1830" or an item that's at least 100 years old.  However, since the 1980's some people have come to define antiques as "anything made before the outbreak of the 2nd World War i.e pre 1940. 

What are Antiquities?

Things that are at least a thousand or more years old can probably be considered antiquities.

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European Styles between 1000 and 1850

Style England France Germany Nordic Italy
Roman 1000 - 1200 1000 - 1150 1000 - 1250 1000 - 1250 1000 - 1250
Gothic 1200 - 1480 1150 - 1415 1250 - 1425 1250 - 1435 1250 - 1380
Late Gothic   1415 - 1500 1425 - 1525 1435 - 1525 1380 - 1425
Tudor 1480 - 1550        
Young Renaissance   1500 - 1535 1525 - 1575 1525 - 1575 1425 - 1515
High Renaissance   1535 - 1625 1575 - 1635 1575 - 1635 1515 - 1575
Elizabethan 1550 - 1600        
Stewart 1600 - 1650        
Baroque   1625 - 1650 1635 - 1715 1660 - 1720 1575 - 1715
Late Baroque     1715 - 1730 1720 - 1750 1715 - 1730
Louis XVI   1650 - 1700      
Regency   1700 - 1725      
Cromwell(Late Stewart) 1640 - 1700        
Queen Anne 1702 - 1714        
Rococo     1730 - 1775 1750 - 1775 1730 - 1765
Louis XV   1715 - 1774      
Louis XVI          
Directoire   1785 - 1800      
Chippendale 1730 - 1780        
Hepplewhite Sheraton 1760 - 1800        
Gustaviansk       1775 - 1810  
Empire 1804 - 1815 1804 - 1815 1800 - 1810 1810 - 1830 1800 - 1825
Biedermier     1815 - 1825    
Kr. VII       1810 - 1830  
Mixed Styles 1820 - 1850 1820 - 1850 1830 - 1850 1830 - 1895 1825 - 1850

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The Golden Century
(1700's to early 1800's)
English, French, and American Furniture Styles / Makers

Period Year Period Year
William & Mary
1668 - 1702
Louis XIV 1648 - 1715
Queen Anne
1702 - 1714
Louis XV 1715 - 1774
Chippendale
1730 - 1780
Provincial 1730 -
Windsor Chairs
1725 - 1825
Louis XVI 1774 - 1793
Adam Bros.
1758 - 1792
Directoire-Consulate 1795 - 1804
Hepplewhite
1760 - 1776
Empire 1804 - 1815
Sheraton
1790 - 1806
American Empire 1700 - 1900's
Regency
1793 - 1820
   

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