The Age Of An Antique
some simple tips to help identify, or determine the age of, a genuine
were handmade, square and often had beaten heads and were
generally uneven in appearance; whilst modern nails (post circa
1880) are mass produced and uniform.
Look for a
blackened area of wood around corroded iron nails.
Cabinet Makers tools always leave clear clues as to the period
when the furniture was made.
For example, modern planes and Period
planes work differently and leave completely different scars,
likewise Period saw-marks are unevenly parallel compared to modern
saw-marks which are identically parallel or radial.
was made from animal products ( including hide, bones and fish)
melted in a glue kettle and mixed with water. Over time the glue
dries and crystallizes. Importantly this glue is reversible and
therefore antique 'friendly', as opposed to modern PVC glue which
is neither. So look for signs of crystallized glue, also loose
joints can indicate that reversible glue was originally used.
look for worn components in the right places, take your time to
check the piece carefully and look for signs of use on the base of
the feet, drawer runners, chair rail stretchers and any area of
Antique Study Day
1 shows you how to identify 'honest' furniture that is the genuine
Guests learn how to use
construction and finish to date antique furniture; be introduced to raw
materials and recognise the difference between fakes, marriages,
reconstructed and reproduction furniture.
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