It is extremely difficult to identify the five rarest antiques. While each category of antique has its own hierarchy of value, to single out five across the board would be quite impossible. There are certain criteria that must be met to qualify, among these are the age of the item, the quality of workmanship, and the scarcity of the object – the only one of its kind being the rarest. Beyond that, the concept is wide open. However, the value of an antique is not tied to its rarity – it is the quality of the object and the demand for it, and its provenance. These three factors are what drive prices up (or down), and fan the flames of interest in the field.