Dating furniture drawers
set the standards for virtually all wood chair manufacturers until the present day.
More reproductions have been made of mid-18th C chairs than any other period.
Bracket and Bun feet are also a useful indicator of a period, when found on Chests of various designs.
All types of handle designs were used to decorate further, pieces of furniture such as drawers, doors etc.
Until then, following these steps will help you determine an approximate age of nearly any piece of antique furniture: These less obvious areas of the antique will provide clues as to whether the wooden components were cut using traditional methods like handsaws and planes, or whether the pieces were crafted using modern power tools.
If rough surfaces, plane scrapes, and tool marks are evident inside the piece of furniture, or on the back or bottom surfaces, you're probably looking at a pre-1860 model.
Determining the age of antique furniture is the first step in establishing a proper valuation, as well as verifying that the piece is indeed an authentic furnishing from the era in question.
There is some detective work to be done if you want to really ensure that the antique is real, and a qualified inspector should be hired if you're spending any appreciable sum of money.
from the "cup and cover" of the Elizabethan furniture, most notable on the four poster and tester beds of the period, to the sweeping shape of the sabre legs from the Regency period.
Online searches for original pictures of your antique can help you match your fabric design to the appropriate era.
Don't leave it up to an educated guess consult a guide that is designed to help you determine the age of your piece.
Thomas Chippendales "Gentleman and Cabinet Makers Director", published in three editions (1754, 1755 and1762) had a major influence on mid-18th C. In as much as he applied popular Rocco, Chinoiserie and Gothic design motifs to already fashionable shapes for both grand and simple household furniture. Chair makers at all levels - London, provincial and country adapted and modified their designs to suit their own skills, and their customers tastes and pockets.
Country versions are instantly identifiable when made in woods than Mahogany.