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Technically it is an object at least 100 years old, however we tend to use the term for anything from Victorian era or prior (from the turn of the last century - 1900's and back)
Other than a state of Australia, the term Victorian, Edwardian, Georgian etc is a term to identify when an item was made or designed.
For English based antiques and collectables it follows the successions of the monarchs.
For example Victorian era is anything made during the reign of Queen Victoria 1837 to 1901, Edwardian after Kind Edwards reign of 1901 to 1910 and so on.
French antiques mostly follow the Emperor's reigns until more recently when the terms Art Nouveau and Art Deco were introduced in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
If you are looking purely at silver content then no.
Both sterling silver and 925 contain the same silver content to copper, that is 925 parts per 1000 of silver the rest (typically copper) which makes up the remaining 75 parts or 7.5%
However the distinction is made between the two when looking at the origin of the item.
A piece referred to as sterling silver will have hallmarked impressed upon it, identifying the item was made in the England or Scotland and assessed by an English assay office.
So sterling silver will refer to a piece that is not only has a 925 silver content but has been made in England.