Dating antique dining chairs

31-Jul-2016 17:43

Legs may be straight or cabriole with claw-and-ball feet.

Associated with Chippendale, Hepplewhite and Sheraton.

Some popular antiques are quite well documented and may be tied to a specific time period in history making an age determination quite simple. Adding to the complexity is the proliferation of copycat builders and modern furniture craftsmen who do an admirable job of cloning authentic antique furniture right down to the tool marks and date stamps.

Determining the age of antique furniture is the first step in establishing a proper valuation, as well as verifying that the piece is indeed an authentic furnishing from the era in question.

Don't leave it up to an educated guess consult a guide that is designed to help you determine the age of your piece.

Oak, mahogany, cherry, and walnut are all popular hardwoods that have been used in antique furniture.

Tool marks and obvious signs of rough cuts are fairly typical with pieces more than 150 years old.

That said, it is important to realize that skilled craftsmen are building furniture by hand even today so you'll want to continue to investigate the age of the piece using at least one other method.

It evolved into a lighter, but more ornate form over the next 200 years. Antique Hall Chairs are designed to fit in the hallway, and come in many different varying styles but typically has a wide seat.

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 one of the easiest ways to provide a fairly accurate date stamp to any antique.

Upholstered armchair, built for comfort, with closed sides, which may be made from cane.

Seat is long, wide and cushioned; back can be high or low, square, round, curved or conical.

The seat is sculpted, the back reclines gently and the legs splay outwards.

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