How to Recognize Real Antiques over Fake Ones

Priti Singh 8 years ago

Antiques are among the most valuable and precious furniture that will give your house a touch of class and elegance. Whether you live in a contemporary, modern or traditional home, real antique furniture will add glamour to your home decor. 

However, recognizing a true antique from the fake ones ruling the market, is a tough call. In this blog, I will give you a few tips that will help you identify an antique from a fake. 

1. Carefully inspect nails, locks, keys, escutcheons (shield-shaped emblem) and handles: 

The cabinet is certainly false if the nails used and other accessories are perfectly coincident with each other as in the past, these were made ​​by hand, and you not find any of these pieces matching the other. Also, remember, the nails of the past had a big head and square stem section. If you can make these out from the nails used in the furniture, you will be able to tell a fake.

2. Wood is an important indicator of antique furniture; it darkens as it ages and hence can be recognized over fresh ones.

Antique furniture made ​​of walnut or hardwoods are recognized for their marble surface or bone. Each wood has its own grain, texture and weight. Walnut and oak wood were the most widely used material for making furniture in the olden times. While pale, fine-grained and hard maples were used for functional furnishings. Antique walnut wood furniture is very smooth to touch and pores are almost completely closed as they shrink with age.

3. Carvings done on wood: Hand carvings on antique furniture are asymmetrical and uneven, where as reproduced or fresh furniture is carved using machines and hence the designs look even.

4. Check out for hidden parts of the furniture: A real antique furniture will have more than one material used for making it. While the fake or reproduced furniture is made with a single material.

5. Odor: Old and antique objects will always smell dusty and smell of old wood.

These were just some tips that I learnt to check for fakes in the antique market. Hope it helps you. If you have some more tips to share, please let me know through the comment box provided below.


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