A primitive seems to be a hard word to describe but in the antique world, it simply means being the first or earliest of its kind. Examples would include items found in early American farmhouses like butter churns, farm tools, and even early American furniture. Many farm implements in early American history can certainly fall into this category and they are highly collectible for décor and for their rarity.
Primitives define and age when times were simple and the items in this category were used solely for utilitarian purposes. There was no fanfare attached to them and they were simply items that one used in everyday life. From garden tools to wheel barrels to rolling pins, every item had its purpose.
Duplications of primitives exist and are still produced today. It is best to know where you are buying from and finding out the history of any primitive you decide to purchase. Of course, if you would much rather have a reproduction that you can use, the choice is yours.