After spending the last hour trying to fully understand the "language of customs", I thought I would post here. I want to purchase antique oil paintings during my upcoming trip to Scotland and bring them back (approx $800 worth). I believe as long as they are 100 years old and for personal use (not resale), I won't have to pay a duty coming into the US. I am not sure how you would prove an oil painting to be 100 years old - any thoughts on that? And on the Scotland side, I believe I can take $1000 worth of items out of the country. Has anyone had experience in bringing antiques back to the US?
On that note, while I hear many say whisky is more expensive in Scotland, I always find whisky for significantly less at their supermarkets (Tesco often has super sales) so I pick up 2 bottles to bring home each time. I just read that the US allows 1 bottle duty free. However, after 4 trips back with 2 bottes each and always declared, I have never been charged. Was this a recent change? Not a big deal but curious.