Understanding how to identify the age of a piece of furniture can help you determine whether it's time to sell that family heirloom or how much to pay for that fabulous flea market find. If you're trying to estimate the age of a pedestal table, prepare to play detective and use clues gathered from antique dealers, libraries or the table itself to help you figure out when it was made. Maker's marks stamped or carved into a pedestal table can help you identify when the table was made. Look under the tabletop or on the bottom of the post or feet to see if you can find any identifying marks. If you find the name of a craftsman or company, doing some research on this name can tell you when the craftsman lived or when the company operated, which can help you narrow down when the piece was made.
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How to Identify and Research Your Antiques
Just because a mirror looks like an antique doesn't necessarily make it so. Reproduction mirrors may have the same shape or style as their true antique counterparts, or a new mirror may be housed in an old frame. Telltale signs of age, such as oxidation and scratches, help determine whether that prized mirror is a reproduction or true antique. The glass is often an indicator of a mirror's age. Modern sheet glass is typically smooth and free of bubbling, thanks to manufacturing techniques that weren't known in centuries past. Look closely at the mirror glass for a slight waviness or random bubbles within the glass. Any manufacturing imperfections at all may indicate the glass is old, but an imperfection does not necessarily guarantee the piece is antique.
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We get a lot of questions about Nippon backstamps and dates of manufacture. Unfortunately, we are not experts, but we always turn to a wonderful book by someone who is for our information. Joan Van Patten has written many books on collecting antique Nippon porcelain, and she has compiled known dates for certain backstamps. We are sharing a small list here with pictures of the ones we have come across in our Nippon journeys. We hope this helps those out there looking for this information quickly.
Remember Me. There are many different styles of furniture, handles each type furniture distinguishing features. For the most part, the furniture you'll encounter will probably be limited to traditional Dating and American Colonial styles; you aren't likely to find a Louis XV chair at a garage sale.