Useful antique tips to remember: November 30, 2015 – Posted in: General – Tags: buying antique, furniture
Whether you are buying antiques as an investment or as a prized piece for your home, there is one golden rule, always buy a piece that you like and buy what you are interested in.
Buying an antique piece that does not hold your interest will simply just gather dust or be sold down the line for nothing. Rather take time when selecting a piece that you are passionate about. Antique tables are particularly popular as of late and work well when combined with modern décor. You can now explore a selection of fine antiques from a variety of dealers, and shop for these beautiful items online through our website. One of our suppliers is Tony’s antiques, who offer Georgian, Victorian and period furniture, paintings and unusual smalls and silver pieces.
We discover how to spot a genuine antique with the following useful tips.
Editors from the consumer guide to antiques offer the following useful tips: ‘The first giveaway of a fake is the joinery; machine-cut furniture wasn’t made until about 1860. Also look carefully at the bottom, sides, and back of the drawer, if the wood has nicks or cuts, it was probably cut with a plane, a spoke shave, or a draw knife. Straight saw marks also indicate an old piece. If the wood shows circular or arc-shaped marks, it was cut by a circular saw, not in use until about 1860.’
‘Exact symmetry is another sign that the piece was machine-made. Examine these parts carefully; slight differences in size or shape are not always easy to spot. A real antique is not perfectly cut; a reproduction with the same components is, because it was cut by machine.’
Remember an antique piece is valuable because of its age, particularly intricate pieces with fine artistry and carvings. The age of an antique should be verified by the dealer or person, whom you purchase the piece from. A good antique dealer will confirm the accurate age of a piece, and will only consider a piece a genuine antique if it’s 150 years or older.
To browse and shop for the extensive range of antiques from various dealers, including Tony’s antiques, view our antiques section.