It's Not Always Easy to Tell What Furniture Really is Antique
- Keep an eye out for dovetailing. Dovetailing is a sign of quality craftsmanship in any woodworking, it's used to hold together different parts of the same piece of furniture. These can generally be found in the sides of drawers, cabinets, and other similar pieces. Once you identify dovetailing, you need to be wary of perfectly straight lines and edges if you come across any. More irregularly shaped joints reveal work that was done by hand, a perfect dovetail was almost certainly done by a machine and may mean your piece ISN'T a true antique.
- Multiple types of wood is NOT a bad thing. It's unlikely that a true antique is going to be made with the same type of wood all throughout. Check the very bottom of your chairs and drawers just to see what it all looks like - if everything is exactly the same then chances are good that it may NOT be the antique you think it is.
- Beware of furniture only made to look old. Don't let yourself be fooled by faux furniture. One big thing to look out for is those distressed looking pieces for sale at the flea market or antique stores, this can be faked easily to give the impression of age without it actually being there. Look for the telltale signs like work-down drawer runners, and pockets of dirt in corners just to ensure you ARE buying the real thing.
- Look out for labels and stamps. Letters and numbers are your best friends when it comes to antique furniture. Make sure to search for labels, stamps, or manufacturing tags that can tell when and where a piece was made. Furniture companies and makers often listed their names, locations, and year of production. This information can be found on the inside of drawers, the backs of bureaus, and on the lower edges of pieces. These labels can be faked to look carefully, but they're a great indicator of originality.
- Look out for symmetry. Much like how perfect-looking dovetail joints are a giveaway, perfect symmetry in furniture is a sure sign of machine work. Handmade furniture, on the other hand, doesn’t have uniform construction—very small differences in size and shape will give this away. And this won't be anything too drastic, a master craftsman can do incredible work, but it won't quite be perfect. Plus, machine-cut pieces weren’t introduced until after the mid-1800s. Work done by hand is easy to spot in carved details. Irregularity is a good thing in antique furniture.
100% Authentic Antique Furniture
If you're just not sure if a piece that you're looking at or have at home is truly authentic, we can check it out for you and help you get a better idea as to just how authentic it may be. After working with so many pieces for so long, we've seen a lot in our days and we know the big things to look out for.
If you are having a piece refinished by us, you should already know the size and where you're going to put it. If you're buying a piece from us, we'll certainly supply you with the measurements beforehand, if you ask us we can get you any measurements you may need. Sizes should all be fairly standard.
If you want to return an item you'll have to talk to us on an individual basis, generally speaking, we don't take returns on items that we sell, but we'll work with you depending on the situation. If you have a piece repaired or refinished we can't do any kind of returns on that work, you have to pay in full if you have the service done. You can call us at (770) 378-1547 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss if needed.
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