The ability to determine the age of antique furniture is a great skill. When attempting to determine the age of an antique there is no one definitive factor, but rather a combination of elements at work. Here is closer look at some of them.
1. Perform a close inspection
Upon inspection, antique furniture has some irregularities on the surface. These irregularities indicate that an antique piece is made by hand and not by machine. Look at the bottom, side, or back of a piece. Behind doors and inside the crevices are good places to look for these characteristic irregularities.
It is also common for the materials of an antique piece not to match completely. If a piece of furniture was hand crafted, you will notice that carvings or details such as knobs and spindles may not be exactly identical.