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Antiques Period Dates

By 26 March 2022August 8th, 2023News, Products & Services

Antique lovers and collectors often refer to the period dates as a way of establishing the age and value of a particular item. But what exactly are antiques’ period dates, and how do they help in identifying and authenticating antiques? In this blog post, we’ll delve into the history of antiques’ period dates and their exact time in history. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or just starting, this guide is sure to provide valuable insights into the fascinating world of antique period dates.

16th Century

The 16th century was a period of vigorous economic expansion. This expansion in turn played a major role in the many other transformations—social, political, and cultural—of the early modern age. By 1500 the population in most areas of Europe was increasing after two centuries of decline or stagnation.

Early 16th Century 1500 – 1500


Mid-16th Century 1530 – 1560


Late 16th Century 1560 – 1600

1558-1603 – Elizabeth I – Elizabethan


17th Century

The 17th century was a period of great turbulence in British history and this was reflected in art and design. The period began with the ending of the Tudor dynasty and the rise of the Stuarts. In the middle of the century, the Civil War and the execution of Charles I saw Puritanism take hold.

Early 17th Century 1600 – 1630

1603-1625 – James I – Jacobean

1625-1649 – Charles I – Carolean

Mid-17th Century 1630 – 1660

1649-1660 – Commonwealth – Cromwellian

1660-1685 – Charles II – Restoration

Late 17th Century 1660 – 1700

1685-1689 – James II – Restoration

1689-1694 – William & Mary – William & Mary

1694-1702 – William III – William III

18th Century

The 18th century was also part of the “The Age of Enlightenment,” a historical period characterised by a shift away from traditional religious forms of authority and a move towards science and rational thought. The effects of the 18th-century Enlightenment led to the American Revolutionary War and the French Revolution.

Early 18th Century 1700 – 1730

1702-1714 – Anne – Queen Anne

1714-1727 – George I – Early Georgian

1727-1760 – George II – Early Georgian

Mid-18th Century 1730 – 1760

Late 18th Century 1760 – 1800

1760-1800 – George III – Late Georgian


19th Century

The 19th century was an era of rapidly accelerating scientific discovery and invention, with significant developments in the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, electricity, and metallurgy that laid the groundwork for the technological advances of the 20th century.

1800-1820 – George III – Regency

1820-1830 – George IV – Regency

1830-1837 – William IV – William IV

1837-1901 – Victoria – Victorian

1837-1880 – Early Victorian

1860-1880 – Mid-Victorian

1860-1900 – Late 19th Century

1868-1895 – Aesthetic

1880-1901 – Late Victorian

1880-1900 – Arts & Crafts 

1895-1920 – Art Nouveau

20th Century

The 20th (twentiethcentury began on January 1, 1901, and ended on December 31, 2000 The 20th century was dominated by significant events that defined the modern era: the Spanish flu pandemic, World War I and World War II, nuclear weapons, nuclear power and space exploration, nationalism and decolonization, technological advances, and the Cold War and post-Cold War conflicts. These reshaped the political and social structure of the globe.

Early 20th Century 1900 – 1930

1901-1910 – Edward VII – Edwardian

1910-1936 – George V

1920-1930 – Art Deco


Mid-20th Century 1930 – 1960

1936-1952 – George VI

1950-1979 – Mid Century Modern Retro


Late 20th Century 1960 – 2000