How To Value Antique Tables

February 4, 2013

Whether you have an antique table that has been in your family for a while, or you have recently acquired one, there are some steps you can take to determine its value and how old it is. From spotting the tell tale signs of modern manufacture, to watching out for aspects of its structure that will devalue it, there are small details that can indicate what your antique table is worth.

Looking Out for Signs of Modern Manufacturing

When examining an antique table, there are signs of modern manufacturing you can investigate. By running your hands along the table’s edge, you can feel for sharper edging. Edges that are sharp are signs of modern processing, whereas those that are smooth or uneven are typical of antique pieces. If possible, take a look at the screws that have been used to fit the furniture together. If the width between the screw’s ridges differs slightly with each one, it may be an antique piece. If the screws are even and look alike, that is a sign that they are a by-product of a modern manufacturing process.

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An armoire was once considered a very necessary piece of furniture in many homes. It wasn’t until the middle of the 20th century that architects began including more closets into their designs.

Although they haven’t been a necessary item in a long time, today, they’re a much cherished and loved piece of furniture.

If you have an antique armoire or are planning on purchasing one, there are several things that you can look at to

determine the time frame when an antique armoire was built.

You don’t need to hire a professional to get an approximate age of an antique.
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In most cases only a professional will know how to date an antique bed. With so many copies and reproductions being made, sometimes only a well trained eye can tell the difference.

However, while you might not get an exact date there are several steps for how to date an antique bed.

If you’re buying a antique bed from an individual, it’s always a good idea to inquire about the beds history. If the bed has been in their family for a long time, they should be able to give you a good idea of when the bed was made.

They may even be able to tell you exactly when the bed was purchased.

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