Antiques have been variously defined by law for tariff purposes. The U.S. Tariff Act of 1930 exempted from duty specified antiquities and objects of art produced prior to 1830, and that year became more or less internationally accepted as an appropriate terminal date in defining “antique.” In 1952 the Florence Agreement, sponsored by UNESCO and signed by 17 countries, agreed to “facilitate the free flow of educational, scientific and cultural materials by the removal of barriers that impede the international movement of such materials,” and antiques were affected by subsequent legislation adopted in the participating countries to implement the agreement. The United States, for instance, passed a new tariff act in 1966 permitting the duty-free importation of “antiques made prior to 100 years before their date of entry”; comparable regulations had already gone into effect in other participating countries. In general usage, antiques frequently are now defined as objects of artistic and historical significance that are at least 100 years old.
2022 marks 25 years in business for the Antique Lamp Company and Gift Emporium on Hertel Avenue.