The 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.Until then, following these steps will help you determine an approximate age of nearly any piece of antique furniture: These less obvious areas of the antique will provide clues as to whether the wooden components were cut using traditional methods like handsaws and planes, or whether the pieces were crafted using modern power tools.If rough surfaces, plane scrapes, and tool marks are evident inside the piece of furniture, or on the back or bottom surfaces, you're probably looking at a pre-1860 model.This is a common enough question, but basically there is a standard set of elements to consider when determining whether or not your furniture is antique.Many people make the mistake of looking at one or two details while neglecting the rest, but judging antique furniture is a lot like judging a painting: look at the details, but also take in an overall perspective.Early glue was made from animal products ( including hide, bones and fish) melted in a glue kettle and mixed with water. Importantly this glue is revesible 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.
The Dovetail joint is a highly skilled bit of cabinet making and is extremely strong and interlocks securely to connect two pieces of wood, usually and sides, or corners on chest carcasses.
For starters, look closely at the hardware—pulls, knobs, hinges, screws, nails, whatever. Keep in mind that hardware goes in and out of style just like everything else, so a large majority of antique furniture has had its hardware replaced at least once.
New hardware can also be made to look antique, so don’t draw too hasty of a conclusion: just keep it in mind.
This is one of the easiest ways to provide a fairly accurate date stamp to any antique.
Tool marks and obvious signs of rough cuts are fairly typical with pieces more than 150 years old.
Always 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 potential wear. Email: [email protected] normal opening hours are Monday To Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm and Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm.