Tips to Identify Antiques
If you are a lover of art and antiques chances are you are always on the lookout for unique and special piece. Once you find a piece you like you are likely to purchase it even if you have to sell your gold to be able to afford it. Yet there are times when you might be fooled on the authenticity of an antique. You can identify antiques by following these useful tips.
When looking at antique furniture, check if it’s handmade. Craftsmen used to make furniture with their hands. If you find an uneven carving, you will understand that it’s handmade.
Looking at the veneer is a good way to identify. If the veneer is thick, it’s old. Look for a signature. It will help you to date that item.
C hecking construction method is another good way to identify the furniture. If you see that two pieces of wood are cut in a nice way that looks like a jigsaw puzzle and joined together without glue or nails, it’s an antique.
Check the locks fitted with the furniture. Often the lock contains the name of its maker so it’s a good way to identify it.
Old furniture usually has a beautiful and rich finish. If the underside of a table is lighter than the top and the appearance is also different, it’s a sign of advanced age.
Dovetail joints were used in 18th century for joining two pieces or to put together blanket boxes and drawers. If you see thin dovetails on the furniture, it’s machine-made. If you notice square pegs on the furniture or hand forged nails, it’s an antique.
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