"A Modern Quandry"
Until recently, we have enjoyed the convenience of a simple term to describe items made from, say, 1890-1910. It was the expression "turn of the century" which worked so well. One day it dawned on us that yet another century has turned, leaving those hundred year old treasures without their familiar adjective. "Turn of the century" now describes my automobile, which does not have brass headlights or squeezebulb horn!
So, what do we call that 1901 bookcase in the living room or some of the old pretties that live therein? "Centennial" came to mind, but was quickly shot down. Centennial might refer to the hundredth anniversary of a particular style or period, so that's out.
At this point,
quite frankly, we are stumped. We'd be happy to hear your thoughts
on the matter.