Identifying Antique Furniture marks
When it comes to identifying antique furniture, there are certain characteristics of style and methods of construction that help in distinguishing original pieces from reproductions and fakes.
Antique Furniture Identification
The identification of antique furniture is a subject that covers a very broad area. It is also a subject that can seem overwhelming and confusing to someone with a new interest in antique furniture.
However, learning a few basic tips and tricks used by experienced antique collectors and dealers will give even a novice collector the general knowledge needed to identify a piece of antique furniture.
There are several things to look for when examining a piece of furniture that help to identify it as an antique.
Resources for the Identification of Antique Furniture
The following websites are excellent resources.
Your Antique Furniture Guide
Common Sense Antiques
Common Sense Antiques by Fred Taylor, author of How to be a Furniture Detective and the video Identification of Older and Antique Furniture, provides a comprehensive article on furniture joints.
I Antique Online
Learn the Basic Characteristics of Furniture Styles
It is also important to become familiar with the furniture styles of the different periods and eras. Although this may seem like a lot, all you need is an overview of the main characteristics and features of the period or style.There are many excellent antique furniture identification and price guides that provide valuable information on furniture periods, styles and eras. Many of these books specialize in a specific era, such as Victorian furniture. Some focus on a specific type of antique, such as antique chairs, while others provide a general overview of furniture from various periods or styles.