Crafted in the Victorian age, during the reign of Queen Victoria, brass beds proved highly popular.
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Looking at the joinery, or the way a piece of antique furniture is put together, will provide many clues to help you determine the age.
But there are a number of other factors to consider as well, including the tools that were used to craft a piece and what the individual components look like.
Examining these elements individually, as well as furniture pieces in their entirety, will help you learn to correctly date them.
Looking at the bottom or back of a piece, or inside its doors and drawers, can provide important clues about whether or not a piece of old furniture was machine cut or crafted by hand.
Most handmade pieces will show some irregularities to the surface such as minor nicks indicative of a hand plane being used to smooth out the wood, and this is sometimes even more evident on the back than on the finished front surfaces.
Most machine made pieces date after 1860, according to art historian Lori Verderame (also known as Dr.
Lori) so if the piece you’re examining is perfectly finished without shallow cuts being evident, this clue points to it being made in the late 1800s or beyond.
Smaller “matching” elements, such as wooden drawer knobs, chair spindles, or feet on a variety of objects, may have slight differences in the shape if they were hand crafted prior to 1860 or so.
Machine made furniture produced largely after 1860 will have components that match more perfectly than those made by hand.