How to Choose Real Antique Decorations
If you’re thinking of adding antique pieces of furniture or decorations as part of home remodeling, the biggest concern that you’ll need to face is on how to determine the authenticity of the pieces that you’ll buy. However, you don’t need to be an expert in the studies of antiquity or a collector to have an idea if something is worth your money or not.
Here are some tips that you can use in determining if a piece of decoration or furniture is authentic or not. But remember that are plenty of exceptions on these tips, so it’s always best to err on the side of caution.
First, watch out for dovetail joints. This is the first construction detail that you should look for in any piece of antique furniture that you choose. This type of architecture is hard to produce and require skill to produce, which means that they’re well-made. Dovetails especially hand-cut were popular details during the 1800s.
Second, find any inscription or stamps from manufacturers. One of the surest things that you can help you determine if something is authentic and antique is the marking of the maker of the furniture. In the early times, handcrafted furniture bear an inscription of the creator or the manufacturer of the pieces.
Third, inspect for solid or plywood backing. When you’re being offered by an antique furniture, look at the backside of the piece especially the insides and the back parts of the drawers. Solid wood backing was used in pre-1890’s while plywood was generally used in the later part of the 20th century. If you’re seeing a particle wood at the backside, it indicates that the piece of furniture was made somewhere in the 1960s or even later.
Fourth, see if the piece include its original hardware. Also consider what style is the piece designed of. Old pieces include wood and solid cast-brass. If you’re not sure how to determine that style of the furniture, use a reference guide to determine the era when the piece was created and the design it was patterned.
Finally, consult an art collector or an antique expert. If a piece of furniture really attracts you and you’re willing to invest your money on it but unsure if it’s authentic, ask the help of a trusted art collector or antique expert. This way, you can be sure that you’ve chosen the right piece and that your money won’t go into buying a fake or duplicated piece of furniture or decoration.
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