I was given a Antique Ginger Jar from a family member and I would love to know more about it but Im lost. Ive asked local dealers and they don't know and I couldn't find much online. Anyone ever seen this before?
An antique has to be 50 years old according to my mother. We have an antique ginger jar. Thank you for reminding me about it. Our's is 5 inches (without the cap) top to bottom; 4.5 inches in diameter at its widest. Our's is a simple blue and white with two birds(we think kiwis) painted on one side and one on the other, with a few rice plants. It is a simple blue and white design. The cap is only 3 inches across. It has rice plants in blue across the top. She believes it came from her Japanese college students. We have pictures of them holding my little hand when we went to the park/zoo. Not sure....I was young. And yes, I qualify as an antique, too. hehehe
While away at college, my parents were watching some tv program. The commentator said that antiques were 50 years in age. My young sister turned to our parents and called them both antiques because they had just turned 50. LOL I'll take the term vintage over antique anyday.
Or these definitions...LOL... 1) Antique. Something that is, like, really old. Probably musty, dusty and moldy. Probably made of wood. Usually unstylish. 2) Vintage. Something that is too old to be considered "used" but not as old as Grandma. By calling it "vintage" the seller tries to distract the buyer from the item's blatant imperfections. Like many "retro" items, "vintage" items are often either mid-century modern (in style if not in fact) or related to bygone pop culture, junk food or fashion trends. 3) Retro. Something that is basically outdated and out of style. By calling it "retro" the seller hopes to assign sentimental or historical value to something that is simply no longer cool. Or, the "retro" item may actually be quite new but is "preloved" (i.e., pretty beat up).
You can get a lot of information about antiques on the internet. another option would be to visit an antiques dealer in your area or you could also visit a pawn shop, may be you can find the information you are looking for.