What should I look for in antique furniture?

How do I know if my antique furniture is valuable?

  1. Look for dovetailing. Dovetailing is a sign of quality craftsmanship in woodworking, used to hold together different parts of the same piece of furniture. …
  2. Multiple types of wood is a good thing. …
  3. Beware of furniture that’s made to look old. …
  4. Do a thorough search for labels or stamps. …
  5. Shut out symmetry.

Does antique furniture hold its value?

Typically, the insurance value of an antique item is the highest retail value for that item. In other words, it’s best to insure your antique furniture for the maximum amount of money it would cost to replace that item if it were lost or damaged.

How can you tell how old a piece of furniture is?

Examine Bottoms, Insides, and BacksTake a look at the joinery (the spots in furniture where the pieces come together). Look at the bottom or back of a piece or inside its doors and drawers. This can provide important clues about whether a piece of old furniture was machine cut or crafted by hand.

How do I identify an antique furniture maker?

Spot the Signs: Tags, Stamps and LabelsA telltale sign of the furniture’s maker is a manufacturing tag, label or stamp bearing the name of the creator. Such a marking or label may have been placed inside a drawer on an old dresser, on the back of a chest of drawers, or on the underside of a chair or sofa seat.

Is antique furniture still popular?

One trend, that some people are crossing their fingers for a comeback, is the popularity of antiques. Antique furniture, which is loosely defined as 100 years or older, has seen steadily declining interest in the last couple decades. They are not nearly as popular as they were twenty years ago.

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