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Today the discussion is just on determining the originality of hardware.This type of hardware is easy to recognize because it often has “inclusions” from the sand itself in the brass, either grains of sand or odd colors from impurities.

A noticeable point when looking at a genuine 18th C chair is the generous size of the seat, its much wider than todays reproductions.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.