Dating antique furniture styles

With a few exceptions, they don’t have high value as antiques but are solidly made and can last for many years.

However, if you have questions about how old your piece is, consult an expert first, says Teri Masaschi, author of Foolproof Wood Finishing: For Those Who Love to Build & Hate to Finish.

This document lists the maker, all the owners to the present, and whether any repairs have been done to it.Furniture built in the Midwest and the South is different from New England made pieces.The problem with using style to establish the construction date of country and primitive furniture is that regional styles remained unchanged for most of the 19th century.In the mid-18th century, Irish furniture was so extravagant in its use of richly carved mahogany - especially for side tables on cabriole legs - that a whole class is described as 'Irish Chippendale'.If you are an American you will find it useful to understand the broad relationships between British and mainland European styles, and of course vice-versa. Paneled construction from dates from about 1480, the panels were often carved with linen-fold.

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