Feet and chair spindles were also carved individually, so there is no way each one could possibly look identical.
When you're trying to determine the age of an antique, take a look at these parts and look for tool marks, slight variances in size and shape, and elongation of round parts (round wood contracts across the grain, resulting in an oval shape after time).
Oak enjoyed another 100 years of popularity from 1900 to the turn of the 21st century.
Keep in mind, wood components can be replaced and this may affect your ability to determine the exact age of a piece.
Determining the age of antique furniture is the first step in establishing a proper valuation, as well as verifying that the piece is indeed an authentic furnishing from the era in question.
There is some detective work to be done if you want to really ensure that the antique is real, and a qualified inspector should be hired if you're spending any appreciable sum of money.
Walnut and mahogany were prevalent between the years 1700 to 1800, and maple and cherry were common from 1800–1900.
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A single piece of antique furniture is more than a collection of nails, boards, and wood stain.
Screws that look like modern variations that you'd find in the local home improvement store have no place on antiques that date from before circa 1860.
In fact, screws in general didn't really come into vogue until the turn of the 20th century.
Antique furnishings can tell a story one that may only exist in the imagination of the lucky person acquiring the piece.