Dating furniture by screws
You must be logged in to post a comment. Machine plane marks are of some use in dating cupboards made as early as , but machine plane marks usually suggest a construction date of or later.
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Walnut and mahogany were prevalent between the years to , and maple and cherry were common from — 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? Photo courtesy Fred Taylor.
Wood will also show signs of oxidation and patination with prolonged exposure to air and light. Since wood is an organic material, it shrinks across the grain with age. The handmade nails of the period derived much of their holding power from the ability to drive the nail through two surfaces and bend it over on the back side, i. The same was true for hinges used under a table leaf.
But the most obvious clue to the handwork is the thread. Until then, following these steps will help you determine an approximate age of nearly any piece of antique furniture: Use your fingers on drawer bottoms or backboards of case furniture. The common wood screw underwent a major change in when T. Other brass hardware can be an indicator of age as well. On the other hand, hand forged nails and screws with off-center slots and uneven threads can be taken from older furniture and used in a piece made yesterday.
How to date antique furniture- Shaker chest of drawers
Learn four great methods to construct drawers. Feet and chair spindles were also carved individually, so there is no way each one could possibly look identical. The shank of a handmade screw does not taper. Antique Auction Wintergarden Auction Services.
Nico_Dicon - 07.11.2017 in 16:06
After the war, the new machine went right to work, turning out virtually identical screws with sharp even threads. Like Us on Facebook.
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The handmade nails of the period derived much of their holding power from the ability to drive the nail through two surfaces and bend it over on the back side, i. From the October issue Buy this issue now.
Artem_Alexeevec - 24.11.2017 in 13:14
How to Determine the Age of Antique Furniture.