"Good memories are our second chance at happiness. Best remembered in ones favorite old chair".God save Queen Elizabeth II
“In the old pieces of furniture almost as in the old paintings, dwells the charm of the past, of the faded halcyon days which becomes stronger and more emotive as the enemy advances” Sir Winston Churchill.
“Even when she had to make some one a present of the kind called ‘useful,’ when she had to give an armchair or some table-silver or a walking-stick, she would choose ‘antiques,’ as though their long desuetude had effaced from them any semblance of utility and fitted them rather to instruct us in the lives of the men of other days than to serve the common requirements of our own.”
― Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way
c.1591 – William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 1
Expect Saint Martin’s summer, halcyon days, / Since I have entered into these wars.
c.1880 – Ambrose Bierce, On a Mountain
And, by the way, during those halcyon days (the halcyon was there, too, chattering above every creek, as he is all over the world) we fought another battle.
1891 – Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, Book XXXIV
Then for the teeming quietest, happiest days of all!
The brooding and blissful halcyon days
Simplest of blossoms! To mine eye
Thou bring’st the summer’s painted sky;
The May-thorn greening in the nook;
The minnows sporting in the brook;
The bleat of flocks; the breath of flowers;
The song of birds amid the bowers;
The crystal of the azure seas;
The music of the southern breeze;
And, over all, the blessed sun,
Telling of halcyon days begun.
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 condition.
We understand the progress of the arts, works in bronze, wood, marble, terra cotta, parian, pottery, or porcelain, artistic antiquities and objects of ornamental character or educational value which shall have been produced prior to the year 1830-1850 was the approximate beginning of mass production in the UK. These definitions were intended to allow people of that time to distinguish between genuine antique pieces, vintage items, and collectible objects.
The alternative term, antiquities, commonly refers to the remains of ancient art and everyday items from antiquity, which themselves are often archaeological artifacts. An antiquarian is a person who collects and studies antiquities or things of the past