Dating wood furniture dove staple

However, if you have questions about how old your piece is, consult an expert first, says Teri Masaschi, author of Foolproof Wood Finishing: For Those Who Love to Build & Hate to Finish.“The basic rule of thumb is, if the piece was made before 1850, you want to do some homework on whether it should be conserved rather than restored—meaning to preserve and stabilize the piece as it is now,” she says.

This construction detail is your first key to the piece’s age and quality of craftsmanship.

Dovetail joints are strong and require skill to produce, so they’re generally a sign of a well-made piece.

Hand-cut dovetails can date an older American piece to before 1890, although hobbyists and specialty makers still use them.

“There’s no hard and fast rule, but hand dovetailing was really no longer done in factories after that date,” Masaschi says.

Hand dovetails are slightly irregular and the pins are thin and tapered.

Wider, uniform machine-cut dovetails were common in factory-made pieces from 1890 until the modern era.Hand dovetails (pictured below, top piece) are slightly irregular and the pins are thin and [email protected]{font-family:'q-icons';src:url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q-icons.q-icons.eot344e4b1fa2d7ecea.eot);src:url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q-icons.q-icons.woffc1b89360779e8de2.woff) format('woff'),url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q-icons.q-icons.ttf1dc194334b7f003f.ttf) format('truetype'),url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q-icons.q-icons.svg10dd8cc8292e3eca.svg) format('svg');font-weight:normal;font-style:normal}@font-face{font-family:'q_serif_regular';src:url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_serif.q_serif_regular.eot5dc6cc5253cd7d04.eot);src:url('/static/fonts/q_serif/q_serif_regular.eot? #iefix') format('embedded-opentype'),url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_serif.q_serif_regular.woff9d840c809c45a905.woff) format('woff'),url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_serif.q_serif_regular.ttf014579233f4f4ee6.ttf) format('truetype')}@font-face{font-family:'q_serif_regular_italic';src:url(//quoracdn.net/-fonts.q_serif.q_serif_regular_italic.eotd2e463dd944615d6.eot);src:url('/static/fonts/q_serif/q_serif_regular_italic.eot? 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  1. However, if you have questions about how old your piece is, consult an expert first, says Teri Masaschi, author of Foolproof Wood Finishing: For Those Who Love to Build & Hate to Finish.

  2. “The basic rule of thumb is, if the piece was made before 1850, you want to do some homework on whether it should be conserved rather than restored—meaning to preserve and stabilize the piece as it is now,” she says.

  3. “If it’s been in the family a while, it’s worth finding out before you do some damage.” To muddy the waters a bit, there are some more recent pieces by prominent makers—for example, from the Art Deco and Arts and Crafts periods (shown in the photo below) — that command high prices and shouldn’t be touched.

  4. If you suspect there’s something unusual or distinctively well-made about your piece, go with your gut, Masaschi says, and ask someone who knows.

  5. This construction detail is your first key to the piece’s age and quality of craftsmanship.

  6. Dovetail joints are strong and require skill to produce, so they’re generally a sign of a well-made piece.

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