Dating antiques

If you aren't sure an antique is really antique, pay for an expert opinion. Or aim a flashlight as if it was a Star Wars blaster?The same problem arose while trying to affix a lock to the back side of a drawer.For a nail to hold, it would have had to be driven through the front of the drawer.You may also discover a real antique or two -- pieces handed down through the family for generations.Other good sources are secondhand stores, household auctions, and garage sales.

Here's a few furniture tips that may prove useful to you.With furniture, as with anything else, one person's junk is another another's treasure.Antique stores are a good place to find furniture to refinish, but expect to pay for these pieces.Note the flat spot on the shaft, the irregular threads, blunt tip and the off center slot.The screw in the center is machine made around 1830.When dating a piece of antique furniture, one of the most important clues to its history is often overlooked.A nail may not be a noticeable style feature, but looking at them carefully can help you authenticate the age of a primitive or antique furniture piece before you buy.On your next antique expedition, you might try assuming the role of Sherlock Holmes.Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created a sleuth who succeeded where others failed by employing systematic powers of observation and inference.In the early part of the period, nail-makers cut them by hand from a sheet of iron.Later, machine did the cutting, but nails were still made one at a time.