Greg’s 3 Tips on How to Identify Antique Furniture

Spacious room with antique furniture

Hey there! One of the most fascinating aspects of antique collecting is antique furniture. That is primarily because most people who collect antique furniture typically only purchase pieces that they like. That is why it is so important to know how to best identify antique furniture.

The majority of antique furniture pieces are purchased by the average enthusiast and collector. In other words, antique and vintage furniture is typically purchased for its function and beauty and not so much for its profit potential.

With that said, it is important to be knowledgeable about how to identify antique furniture and this requires research. The purpose is that you can find vintage furniture that has a function and beauty that you like and can even be profitable if you want to sell it in the future.

Consider The Joinery

Keep in mind that furniture was not manufactured by machines until around 1860. So, if you are considering a potential piece of antique furniture that has drawers such as a dresser or nightstand, take out one of the drawers and carefully inspect the front and back of the drawer.

Focus on the sides of the drawer where it is fastened. If these joints were dovetailed by hand, there should only be a few dovetails and they should not be exactly even.

On the other hand, if the dovetails are closely spaced and accurately cut, the cuts were made by a machine. Handmade dovetails are almost always indicative that a piece of furniture was made prior to 1860.

Perfect Symmetry

Another tell-tale sign that an ‘antique’ piece was actually made by machine is perfectly cut features. With handmade furniture, slats, rockers, spindles and certain other components are never uniform.

Be sure to inspect these parts carefully. It is not always easy to spot the tiny differences in shape or size. However, a reproduction piece will have symmetrical components because they will be machine cut.

Wood Finish

Before Victorian times, the only clear surface finish that was used on furniture was shellac. Varnish and lacquer were not created until the mid to late 1800s.

If the piece is extremely old, it may have a milk paint, oil or wax finish. However, old works are usually French-polished. French-polish is another variation of shellac. So, if you see a piece of vintage furniture that has a varnish or lacquer finish, it is very likely a manufactured piece.

It is not always possible to test a finish if you are in a showroom, but try to identify the finish before you decide to buy the furniture. You can check an inconspicuous area on the furniture with some denatured alcohol. If the finish begins to dissolve, it is shellac.

These are a few tips that you can use to identify antique furniture. It is important to research and do your due diligence to ensure the piece you want is handmade and not manufactured. You can buy a manufactured piece of antique furniture, there’s nothing wrong with that. But handmade pieces are more valuable and become a good long-term purchase.…

6 Steps for Better Antique Meat Grinder Cleaning

Old-fashioned grinders are the best meat grinders for grinding meat to the ideal consistency. But cleaning them can be a real chore. These meat grinders are made of cast-iron which requires time and some elbow grease to get rid of all the oil and grime that gets trapped in the nooks and crannies.

Follow these steps to get the grinder clean and hygienic after use:

Step 1 – Bread Grinder

Process bread through the grinder. The bread will soak up all the grease and oil that was left behind by grinding meat and get into all the different areas that are difficult to reach. This will make cleaning the grinder much easier down the line.

Step 2 – Disassemble

To clean the grinder properly, it is going to need to be taken apart. This shouldn’t require any tools as most antique grinders are held together with nuts and butterfly screws that are simple to remove. However, disassembly does depend on the type of grinder. Remember how the grinder was taken apart so that it is easy to reassemble at the end of the cleaning process.

Step 3 – Soak

Dilute dish wash detergent in hot water and place all the parts in the solution to soak for about 20 minutes. Dish washing detergent is designed to breakdown grease and grime and the hot water will soften any hard bits or residue that has built-up on the surface and in corners.

Step 4 – Scrub

A sponge should easily scrub the different parts clean. However, a toothbrush is great for getting into those hard to reach places. Use a little extra dish washing detergent if necessary. There is no need to be gentle as cast-iron is hardy and tough and should not scratch or become abraded. However, be careful when dealing with the blade. It is sharp and therefore there is a risk of cutting yourself and it is important not to dull the blade.

Step 5 – Rinse

Make sure that the all the parts have been rinsed well in warm water and that there is no grease, food debris or detergent residue remaining.

Step 6 – Dry And Oil

Use a dry cloth to dry up excess water and then allow the grinder to air dry. When it is entirely dry, apply food grade mineral oil to the surface. This will prevent damage and rust. Store each part in a sealed container or bag. Add some rice to absorb any moisture.…

Tips For Buying Antique Furniture: A Handy Guide

Antique furniture is beautiful and has a lot of character. The good thing about these pieces is that you can find them in many different places for a wide range of prices. If you are interested in buying old pieces, there are some tips that you can use to ensure you get what you want without any nasty surprises.

First of all, set a budget for your purchase. It is a good idea to decide how much you want to spend on the furniture that you would like to buy. As you begin shopping for pieces, you are likely to see many pieces that you would like to have. This means that you may want to focus your efforts on only making purchases that fall within your budget to ensure you do not regret the purchase soon after you make it.

Another good thing to do as you buy antique furniture is to have a plan. Your plan may include what pieces you would like to purchase. Do you want to purchase an antique dresser, a beautiful antique bedroom set, or some other piece? Then, you may want to consider the size of the furnishings you want to purchase. This will ensure that what you buy fits in the space you want it for.

Third, you might want to consider the style that you want. There are many styles of antique furniture and having an idea in mind will allow you to focus your efforts on finding exactly what you want. Should you want to refinish the piece or paint it, you will want to consider that too, as you look to find the perfect piece.

Also, you might want to give some thought to where you want to purchase the antique furniture piece. It is important to only purchase from reputable sellers. This ensures you are getting a piece that is authentic and exactly what the seller says it is.

If you are not aware of trusted antique furniture sellers, you can find them by doing some quick research online. You can find many sites that sell antique furniture, such as Pamono or One Kings Lane. If you choose to go this route, it is important to pay extra special attention to the pieces you are interested in.

As you shop and find the antique pieces you are interested in, you will want to carefully inspect them. Depending on the price of the item and what it is worth, you should ensure that you are getting your money’s worth.

For instance, if the piece is quite cheap and you are purchasing it to restore, you can make sure that the piece is in good enough shape to refurbish. Or, if you are purchasing a piece that you expect to be in great condition, you should carefully inspect it. Make sure that it is solid and works as it should.…

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People often ask us, “How do you find the best, ridiculous prices?”

The answer is that we work together with sellers who have high volume. These dealers bring in containers of antique and vintage appliances from other countries, including England and Europe.

We even occasionally find deals that offer 25% and 50%, depending on the season. That generally gets people excited, and they can get limited items on demand. So if you see good prices displayed on our site, be sure to move fast and grab it!…