Dating antique furniture

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Tiny angled saw cuts were followed by careful cutting by a sharpened chisel on both sides to avoid splintering.

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If it has only a few dovetail joints, with pins narrower than the dovetails, then the joint was made by hand.

The video above provides a great introduction to dating antique furniture and what areas should be examined.

Take note of the shape of the screws used to hold the furniture together.

Dovetail joints often hold two boards together in a box or drawer, almost like interlocking the fingertips of your hands.

As the dovetail joint evolved through the last one hundred thirty years, it becomes a clue for the age and authenticity of antique furniture.

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