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What Is the Difference Between Vintage Items and Original, Restored, or Reproduction Antiques?

An original antique is a piece of furniture, art, jewelry, or anything else that is at least 100 years old and that still has its original finish and components. A restored antique has undergone refurbishments or repairs and features non-original elements, such as new paint, varnish, or synthetic foam stuffing. An antique reproduction is a copy of an original antique. Sometimes called tributes, reproductions have an aged look but are typically not very old. "Vintage" has a more flexible definition, but it generally describes an item ranging from 20 to 99 years old.

What Characteristics Should an Antique Reproduction Have?

The artistry of a careful reproduction is clear in its materials and finishing elements. High-quality furniture reproductions incorporate real wood rather than pressure-treated materials like particleboard. The wood should have an aged look that mimics years of wear, particularly around the edges, lips, and handles. Instead of screws, square nails make better reproduction finishing connections. Quality reproduction busts and statues should be completely solid and should not have seams that show where the two sides of the cast came together. Art reproductions should show distinctive brush marks and feature real paint on canvas.

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