Dating antique furniture nails

Published: 07.10.2017

Rather than a broadly dimpled hammered surface, cast nails have a very gritty textured surface. But, it is important to determine which type of wood is most prevalent in your antique to help determine the age. Machine made cut nails are also made for use in reproduction or hobbyist replica furniture, but they are so perfect and identical that it is usually easy to see that they are new.

The threads are cut evenly and they pitch at a different angle than those of the handmade screw. As a nail is driven into wood, the tip of the nail pushes apart or crushes wood cells in its path Fig.

Dating Furniture

A single piece of antique furniture is more than a collection of nails, boards, and wood stain. This immigrant's pine trunk was made about , and has the original hand painted inscription: If it is an American piece you'll want to see if it falls into the Colonial category or maybe it is a Chippendale or William and Mary design? To determine if missing nails were antique or if they have been replaced with modern nails, look closely at the shape of the hole and the color of the wood around it. Consequently, from to the grain of a machine cut nail runs across rather than with the length of the shaft.

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. The hinge dates to The explanation is often that genuinely old wood that at one time was visible has been used to repair, or entirely replace, the original wood, or that the entire piece is a totally made up.

When exposed, it develops a black rust Fe 3 0 4 that does not flake off.

    1. Markus_Ghost - 18.10.2017 in 07:29

      Look for authentically worn or distressed stamps or manufacturer burn marks. The name refers to the price of nails in England in the 's:

      Osobo_Apasen - 23.10.2017 in 19:04

      Oak enjoyed another years of popularity from to the turn of the 21st century. 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.

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