There are various types of antiques and all antique furniture and collectibles happen to be the most practical and popular choice. Antique furniture have a distinctive category in a way that no one gets the same design repeatedly. Meaning to say, you would not want to buy and collect chests and tables and then fill up your house with the same item. For sure however, you have that specific requirement on what wood or style the piece should have.
No matter what your preferences are, if you have plans of buying antique furniture, you must be well aware of its basics. Simply put, you must have some ideas about the different techniques of construction, styles, variety of woods used and finishes. This knowledge and information is crucial in determining if a certain piece is altered or some additions or major alterations have been made or original, meaning it’s in its original state without going through significant changes.
After you get used to the basics, try visiting as many antique stores, auctions and dealers as you can. While you are inspecting the item, don’t be afraid to pull out the drawers, get down on your knees to check the underside of the tabletops or even lifting the chairs to see its legs. In getting the best deal for your hard earned money, the only way you can learn is to get down and dirty. From the time of antique furniture making, solid wood is what’s used in creating furniture piece but thanks to improvements applied to cabinetry making techniques, it opened up new methods of creating decorations such as applying veneers or simply known as the thin sheets of wood.
As a matter of fact, this provided an inexpensive method to attain decorative effects from different patterns and grains. It’s additionally an economical technique that has made an inexpensive wood to look as if it’s an expensive hard wood. Such furniture type had carcass or a solid body that is made of multiple less expensive wood like pine. Some antique furniture are using woods like chestnut, cherry, ebony, beech, mahogany, elm, pine oak, walnut, satinwood and so on.
Basically, connoisseurs in antique furniture have a checklist that tell them whether a particular piece is worth it or not including the price, quality, age and authenticity of antique furniture. These basically include color and patina, proportion, construction of the antique furniture, it’s current condition after years of used and lastly, if there are any alterations made to it. Remember always that antique item that has gone through major alterations or modifications make it less of an antique piece.