Dating antique french furniture

(You can judge this by noting the veneer edges on the backs of chest tops, for instance, or wherever bits of veneer have broken away.) Modern veneers are thin, with every slice exactly the same width.

Antique Period table pedestals are often reinforced with a hand-hammered metal disk or a tri-part metal strap where the legs join.

To determine if a piece of mirror is old, hold the tip of a key to the glass.

The closer the tip of the reflected Image IS to the tip of the actual key, the more likely it is that the glass is old.

A one-board top, made from a single piece of wood, is a good indication of age.We carry large American, Victorian, Renaissance, Gothic, Arts and Crafts pieces such as sideboards, bookcases, hall trees, tables, armoires and the like.There are also beautifully carved European pieces in inventory most of the time.If you're interested in antiques, recent or old, research before you buy anything.Real antiques and many reproductions are extremely valuable, but there are also many imitations.A large proportion of modern furniture is not built to last and often ends up in landfill.

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