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Old But New
You are furnishing your new home, first apartment or worn out furniture. You want something that states, “This is Me!” You’ve combed through decorator’s magazines, home furnishing stores and yard sales. Everything looks the same. You don’t want your interior to appear the same as hundreds of other homes just because it’s the latest trend.
Think back to what pieces of furniture that you truly enjoyed. Your mother’s bedroom set? Your grandmother’s dining room set? These pieces of furniture were usually hand carved out of a sturdy wood, such as maple or oak. If you have tried finding one of these in an ordinary furniture store, it can’t be found. Perhaps, it is the time to look into an antique store. Most antique stores buy furniture from estate sales and then refurbish them to sell to you.
The ways to tell if a piece of furniture is an antique or merely a reproduction are easy to spot.
- Joinery- Machine cut furniture wasn’t made until after 1860. Pull out a drawer, look at where the sides of the drawer are attached to the front and back. If it only has a few dovetails and they are uneven, then it is probably handmade.
- Nick and cuts- Examine the wood carefully. If it shows nicks and cuts, it was probably made from a plane or a drawknife. Straight saw marks show that the piece was also handmade. If it shows circular marks; it was made with a circular saw and not an antique.
- Symmetry- If a piece shows exact symmetry, it was not handmade. On antique pieces, everything is not uniform.
- Finish- Antique finish is done with either shellac or milk paint. If you are able, use a swab of alcohol and if the finish is removed then it is probably a shellac finish.
- Style- Look at the styling of the furniture. Old English styles were done in the Queen Anne’s or Chippendale style. American styles were a hybrid of these but also include the Pennsylvanian Dutch style which was plain and unadorned.
If after searching antique stores, you still have not found the piece of furniture that will make your home your castle, then think about having the piece made. They will discuss with you the purpose of the furniture, the design, the wood and the finish. Imagine designing your own piece of history.
LT Antiques, located in Kent, England, locates and sells antique furnishings, including antique dining table and antique dining chairs in London. They are knowledgeable about future estate sales and where to locate pieces that you desire. All of their antiques are refurbished to the best condition that can be had. Their associates are well versed in the styles of antique furniture for the time period that interests you.
If you want to design your own piece of furniture to fit into that little nook or need a special sized desk or bookcase or bespoke TV cabinets, then Claude Clemeron is the company to visit. They will visit your home or work site, discuss your needs and then design the furniture. You will have the choice of woods and finishes that fit into your décor. The design then goes to the building workshop, where experienced woodworkers will build it. At any time, you are able to visit your piece and make minor changes. Once completed, the furniture will be delivered and assembled at your home. Claude Clemeron is located in Guildford, England but they also service clients in London, Surrey and Hampshire.