Is a 1958 J.C. Higgins, 16ga considered to be an antique?
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.
The Technoid writing for Shotgun Report, LLC
(Often in error. Never in doubt.)