Old, antique furniture of those times have proved to be much more lasting and evergreen kind than what we see today. The ancient era gave us a lot to cherish ranging from furniture, stone structure and majestic castles. Georgian and Victorian epoch has been an era of classic furniture that was built to perfection and appeal to your eyes like nothing else. Structurally, joins used to connect two or more parts were made separately and then stick together instead of fixing with nails or staples like you often see in case of modern art pieces.
The antique chairs and tables were designed using maturely seasoned Timber wood and did not deteriorate or warp for many decades. Its finish work was one of a kind, able to resist the harshness of weather or human forces like scratches, marks or cuts. You might have such antique piece in your house, a chair that has been there in a store room, or you might have just bought it from the antique furniture market. There are certain steps that you can implement in order to determine its true value and its age.
Read on this blog to find out how to know the worth of your furniture and how to maintain its elegance:
Reading the telltale signs
By investigating certain subtle signs, you can determine the work of modern manufacturing. When you run your hands along the edge of antique chairs or table, you may sense sharp edges that are a part of modern approach. Uneven or smooth surfaces indicate class of old times. Also, if you notice screws differing from each other in width, it means you got an antique piece. On the contrary, perfection and evenness of screw fittings and dimension signals the modern process of manufacturing.
Ascertain the age of Antique pieces
The style of furniture legs tell a story of which century the table comes from. If it has snake feet, you can be sure the things belongs to middle time of 18th century. If it resembles the shape of elephant’s trunk, it could be anywhere from 14th to 16th century. Uneven legs have its origin in medieval or early period of civilization. Also if you notice shiny top, you can say it comes from the mid-19th century.
What would affect the value of your antique items?
The signs of repair done over the years means the piece would not be as valuable as you initially thought. Screws, joints and other support fittings are the indication that there have been certain repairs work performed on the antique chairs and tables. This will devalue your furniture, and in order to save it from losing its true value and worth, you should not do any operation to it until you have a proper word with an antique specialist. Additionally, wood-addicted worms or decay can also take the value down significantly.
Care for value retention
Certain caring steps you take will increase the life and value of your antique furniture:
Avoid direct beating of sunlight
The piece of furniture should be kept away from direct touch of sunlight. This precaution will save your furniture from fading quickly. You may lose the polish in the long run due to excessive sun exposure.
Proper Humidity balance must be ensured
Low humidity can kill the charm of antique furniture since wood is flexible material. If you let it dry too much, it will fade, shrink or begin to crack all in many places. You can have a small electronic hygrometer to control the effect of ambient humidity. Keep it somewhere between 35 to 45 to retain its originality.
Maintain its polish and shine
Depending on the wear and depreciation the antique chairs and tables have been, you can apply wax twice or thrice a year. Don’t overdo or stickiness will result into dirt accumulation. A thin layer of any good quality wax applied with a soft cloth and a good finish will work excellently on your antique pieces.