How do you figure out whether an antique is real or fake? Turns out, even the most seasoned antiquarians need some help every now and then to figure out if their item is the real deal or not.
There are tons of replicas out there for the real thing, and many times, people can be easily fooled. However, there are a few ways to gauge whether the antique you’re checking out is real or not. Here’s what you’re going to look for:
The Wood Used
The kind of wood used to manufacture the antique is telling of when it was made and how much it’s worth. Look for consistencies all over the item; for example, if you picked up a chest of drawers, look all over it and inside for consistency of wood and color.
The Condition of the Material Used
Observe the joints, hand woven details, nails, carvings and other things on your antique item and see how well it has withstood the test of time. Real antiques are sturdy and durable because of the material they’re made from – so watch out for fakes, which chip away too soon.
Signs of Wear and Tear
And “old looking” item can be created in a modern factory or by a carpenter, but an antique may show natural signs of wear and tear and so on. Reproductions have consistent signs of wear and tear so don’t fall for that!
Look at the Patina
The patina refers to the layers of wax, dust, polish and all that exists on antique pieces. A replica will be stained heavily to look old, so be wary of the finishing layers and how authentic they look and feel – a real antique doesn’t need to be stained at all.
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