Contemporary Wrought Iron Wine Rack

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This unique, contemporary wrought Iron wine rack is in mint condition. The unit has an attractive scroll design on the sides and 3 accent lights above for a striking and dramatic effect.  There are 4 racks for hanging wine glasses, a glass shelf for décor and circular openings for holding 24 bottles of wine. This stunning piece also has a floor on/off button when you want to illuminate the lights. A truly distinctive unit, it measures 20 in. wide, 12 in. deep and 4 in. high.  It’s a great addition to any home decor. $150

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Vintage Solid Walnut Dining Chairs

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Six stunning vintage solid walnut dining chairs in excellent condition. These beautiful chairs have a rich green damascus print fabric on the seats. The chairs have an intricately designed carved pattern on the back, beautifully curved  arm rests and exceptionally lovely detailed walnut  legs. There are five arm chairs and one captain.  The side chairs measure 15 ½ in. wide, 16 in. deep and 40 in. high. The captain measures 17 ½ wide, 16 in. deep and 40 in. high. One chair has a restoration touch-up on its back.  A gorgeous addition to any table setting. $150

 

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What is an Antique?

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For anyone who browses specialty shops on the hunt for antiques, the age old question that always seems to crop up is “What exactly is an antique?”

As simple as the question might seem, this query appears to have many answers.

It’s sometimes a revelation that a shopper might be standing side by side with ancient-looking piece of furniture or old-fashioned china, but the same browser may also find ruffled pink glass no older than then their own years.

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The question of a true antique is a problem that bewilders not only buyers, but plenty of dealers, too.

So, what exactly is the history of determining what classifies as an antique? It all began in 1930 when the U.S. Government passed a rule stating that objects had to be at least 100 years old to be classified as an antique. This ruling was done as a legislative tax decision so that items could be admitted duty free into the U.S. Since that time however, the rule of thumb amongst collectors and auctioneers is that an antique is defined as objects made before 1830.

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As far as Europe is concerned with its long dated history, items that date back before 1830 seem quite young, while in contrast with a classic Roman sculpture, an 18th-century chair is downright modern.

In the U.S., for example, and in comparison to Europe, the oldest American antiques are only 300 years old with the exception of Indian relics and a few Spanish buildings in the Southwest. Not very old in the big scheme of things is it?

Antiques can get pretty confusing for Americans as they experience the same contrasts in their shops. To a steadfast New Englander who if very knowledgeable of pine furniture from the Pilgrim days, a Victorian sofa doesn’t seem antique. On the flip side though, for someone from Nebraska or Oregon, the same sofa seems like an antique because it represents the earliest furnishings in that particular region.

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Thus, the age of antiques seems to vary dramatically in relationship to region and not necessarily to the actual age of the item. This brings us back to the original question of “What is an antique?” since it seems to change from region to region and one part of the world to another. The best way to resolve the confusion is the assertion that an antique is what the collector knows or perceives it to be and nothing more in order to to satisfy the buying public.

Vintage “Vilas” Hard Rock Colonial Maple Hutch

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Made in Quebec by Vilas Furniture in the 1950s & 1960s, this gorgeous vintage “Vilas” hard rock colonial maple hutch is in pristine condition. This stunning hutch is both classic and timeless in its colonial country design with a satin-luster, ember-glow finish. The hutch has a panelled look on the back and grooved inclusions on the top three tiers for displaying dishes. There is a glass shelving compartment, a center drawer with the Vilas seal and a bottom cabinet for additional storage. All original hardware, this unit measures 42 in. wide, 18 in. deep and 75 in. high. This exquisite piece of Canadian heritage will be a welcomed addition to any home décor for years to come. A fabulous find! $350

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Vintage Solid Walnut Serving Table

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This beautiful, vintage solid walnut serving table is in mint condition. The table’s base has a stunning ornate design with curved legs and a warm, rich sheen on the table’s veneer top. The table also has a glass mounted, distinctive serving tray for entertaining.  This lovely vintage piece measures 29 ½ wide, 19 ½ deep and 20 in high.  For anyone who loves vintage, this piece is sure to please and great addition to your home décor.  $145

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Elegant Black Wrought Iron Hall Table

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This elegant black wrought iron hall table with “bevelled” glass top is in mint condition.  This  stunning table is ideal for your interior décor, sunroom or patio.  The leaf, grape and swirl design adds to it good look and the legs have a clean, classic appearance. It has a black mat finish and constructed for both stability and durability. It measures 50 in. long, 18 in. deep and 26 in. high. A lovely addition to any home décor for years to come and great find. $125

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Vintage Wrought Iron Plant Stands

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These two charming wrought iron plants stands are in mint condition.  They have an intricate, antique patina design with artistic floral detail that is charming. These pretty plant stands can be used both indoors or outside on a deck or patio.  The larger one measures 9 ½ sq. in. and 18 ½ in. high, the smaller one measures 7 ½ sq. in and 15 in. high.  A lovely addition to any home décor. $65.00

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Broyhill Solid Oak Country Coffee Table

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A beautiful solid oak “Broyhill” coffee table in excellent condition. This gorgeous table has a classic, country grooved design, ball plinth legs and centre drawer for storage. A well-constructed and sturdy table by Broyhill, it has a warm, rich, oak sheen that is stunning. It measures 48 in. wide, 24 in. deep and 17 in. high. This charming table is perfect for a smaller home or apartment. $100

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