An Antique?


Is a 1958 J.C. Higgins, 16ga considered to be an antique?

Thanks Jim

Dear Jim,

Well, it depends. If “antique” is taken in automobile terms where 25 years is the time limit, yes. If it is more properly taken in the terms of the US Customs definition for art, furniture, decorative objects or the like, then the term is 100 years and the answer is “no”. If you use “antique” to mean “belonging to the past, not modern”, then no. Your 1958 Higgins gun is considered of modern design. It’s interesting to note that the basic design of the classic SxS game gun was pretty well finalized 100 years ago.

The word “antique” has no reflection of value. It is a descriptor of time and era. “Old” does not necessarily mean “valuable”. Look at the worth our hip-hop society places on old people vs the young.

For truly antique guns, consult the kind people at Here at, we don’t do old guns. We don’t do antique guns. We know our limits.

Best regards,

Bruce Buck
The Technoid writing for Shotgun Report, LLC
(Often in error. Never in doubt.)

This entry was posted in Shotguns and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.