Antique Office Chair
Let’s cut to the chase. Is there such a thing as an antique office chair? By definition, a thing can be called an antique if it has been in existence for at least a hundred years. In some auction houses, a minimum of fifty years can already qualify as an antique. Therefore, when we really think about it, and the fact that the office setting has been here for more than one hundred years already, there IS such a thing as an antique office chair.
An office chair becomes an antique due to a technicality. In principle, however, it is difficult to call an office chair an antique, because the modernity that is offered and projected by an office contradicts the term ‘antique’, which means old, historic and antiquated.
It seems a little difficult to believe that an office chair could be an antique, despite the fact that perhaps a particular piece of furniture really had been made more than a hundred years back.
Nevertheless, antique dealers and enthusiasts alike find some value in antique office chairs. They remain staples in most auction houses and majority of big bosses often boast of the fact that their corner offices house antique office furniture. Perhaps even office furniture that dates as far back as Abraham Lincoln.
When appraising a certain piece of antique furniture, four factors are usually considered: when the product was made or its age, how it was made or its make (and maker), the material from which it was made, and the history that surrounds it.
An office furniture that claims to be an antique might have been witness to many wars and political overthrows already, that’s why its value is increased. But in the concept of things antiquated, there really isn’t much value as seeing Abe Lincoln get sworn into office, as opposed to say, an antique table from the Victorian era.
But, perhaps, judgment of antique office furniture is mostly a matter of personal choice. Whether it seems normal that office furniture could be antiques or not is a product of a person’s understanding of the nature of antique items. If, for him, antique is purely defined by a century of existence, then that an office chair can be an antique is valid. However, if antique for him is determined by the amount of history it carries, then an office chair cannot possibly sell any higher as an antique.
However, no matter which angle we take, there will always be antique office chairs in auction houses, and there will always be people who would be willing to take them in. Perhaps it is just unfortunate that this author thinks that the terms ‘office’ and ‘antique’ do not really jive well.