Owning a piece of antique nowadays is a real privilege. It is a reflection of some old, significant period of time when our grand grand parents and ancestors lived, thus making it priceless to having inherited something antique that dates from times that will never come back.
No matter if it is a mirror, a wrist-watch, or maybe a piece of furniture, it could be considered as an antique only if it is more that one century old. But, how to determine the exact age and thus the exact value? There are many experts who can give you that information about when your piece of antique dates from, but also there are some other ways by which you can get an idea by yourself.
In this article, we will be focusing on the antiques furniture and how you can identify its age, if you are an antiques furniture owner.
- First thing to do is look at the nails. If the nails of your furniture are square and uneven in appearance with beaten heads, then this is a confirmation that you are having a piece of antique. This type of old nails were made made by hand and they were used before 1820. Hence, your antiques furniture as well.
- Another hint for your furniture’s age identification is to look at the glue. Antiques furniture was made with natural glue produced of animal products like fish, hide and bones. After completely drying, this glue becomes crystallized and this can be only seen at antiques. If this is your case, mystery resolved.
- You can also look at the bottoms, backs and insides of your furniture. The furniture has been handmade if you see some manufacturing irregularities, such as non-matching elements, or rough wood surface, since in ancient times people were using hand planes in order to smooth out the wooden surface. By busting this theory, you should feel proud that you have something antique that dates from the early nineteenth century or beyond.
Hopefully you will find some of these tips helpful for the identification of the piece of art you are having at home. Remember, living with antiques is a way of living, a symbol of sophisticated taste and fortune.