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What to Look For while Buying Antique Tables

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The table is considered one of the initial type of furniture in the world which has a flat top with one or more legs and mainly used to place the things but can be used in a variety of ways like a coffee table, writing table/desk, dining table and lots more.

Buying an antique furniture without having much experience in this field can be difficult to determine. So for the individuals who are simply beginning to gather antique tables, here are a few things to look for before buying them.

Check for wood composition

Having awareness of wood types is a big advantage while looking for the antique furniture. You can easily guess the time period of production if you have the knowledge of wood grains and wood color. For an example:

  • Time period of oak is early 16th century to the mid-17th century
  • Time period of walnut is Late 17th to the early 18th century
  • Time period of mahogany and satinwood is Mid-18th century
  • Several purchasers battle with wood types and portrayals. Check out below fundamentals of wood type and grains.

    Also check out if the furniture is composed of solid wood, veneered wood or particle board.

  • Solid wood is considered as earlier pieces of antique
  • Veneered wood (slices of wood are covered by base wood) has first appeared in the walnut period. Thin veneers indicate modern-day furniture reproductions.
  • Particle board is the cheapest type of wood furniture and were never used in older pieces
  • Check for uniqueness

    Mostly old-timer tables are rare as they tend to be handmade by skillful workers. Some Older tables have unusual shapes, designs, or colors that make them unique. Hence always check for singularity.

    Check construction

    Always look at the structure of table before buying. Try to examine below-mentioned points:

  • Open and closed the drawers at least 2-3 times to check if they slide well or not.
  • Look for Dovetailed joints as older furniture pieces have large and uneven joints as they are handmade, while machine dovetailed joints are even.
  • Look for the Circular saw marks as they did not come into usage until the 18th century.
  • Look the direction of wood shrinkage.
  • Modern bolts, clips, and gum are pointers of a recent reproduction.
  • Check condition

    Typical wear or damage is normal in older tables. Ranges of wear commonly contain legs or edges. Antique furniture hint at an age like boards are typical of altering width or have signs of cracking. The condition of a surface is quite obvious, but there is hardly ever a reason to reject the piece on the basis that it needs re-polishing.

    Before buying, ensure that the piece is still useful in spite of its blemishes. Try not to purchase ramshackle or flimsy tables. Deviations of the table’s condition, for example, missing parts and chips can decrease the antique’s value.

    Here at J. Knowlton Antiques, we offer fine quality mid-18th to mid-19th Century’s bedside tables and commodes, Pembroke drop-leaf tables, and other interesting sides’ furniture. Explore our antique table selection today.