Renowned antique furniture shop in Chicago provides a step-by-step guide in establishing accurate age for antique furniture
Antique lovers and collectors can now discover the age of their furniture, thanks to the well-known Chicago-area antiques destination, Antiques on Old Plank Road. Their newly launched guide, How to Determine the Age of Antique Furniture, provides ten detailed instructions to help collectors unearth the age and value of their antique.
“Determining the age of antique furniture is the first step in establishing a proper valuation,” experts at Antiques on Old Plank Road reveal. The age of the furniture helps collectors distinguish an authentic antique piece from a reproduction, especially with the proliferation of today’s admirable furniture-cloning craftsmen.
“Some popular antiques are quite well-documented and may be tied to a specific time period in history making an age determination quite simple,” the experts add. For instance, rough cuts and surfaces are typical with pieces over 150 years old, and those made of oak would date from 1700 to earlier years, when this material was prevalent.
The guide includes a variety of techniques including examining the surface of the furniture piece, looking at the accessories, inspecting the joinery, checking the manufacturer’s stamp, determining the style of the piece, and others. Hiring an expert is also recommended for those who truly want to know the best estimate of their piece’s age or learn how much their antique is worth.
Complete with photos and examples, this informative guide allows both the novice and veteran collectors to learn about furnishing styles from different eras, and identify which is a real antique piece and which one’s a fake.
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