Business of doing business system for dating country and primitive furniture, part one system for dating country & primitive furniture, part1 the business of doing business in antiques - the journal of antiques and collectibles - july 200 furniture, hinges, nails, screws. This hand-made screw has obvious signs of its origin note the flat spot on the shaft near the head that is a remnant of the square nail stock. Dating furniture can be done rather simply by examining the drawers.
Nails and screws are another important clue to look for but beware, reproductions of old cut nails and early screws are easy to obtainas are the originals (from old furniture that has been destroyed with the nails/ screws being salvaged for later use) the old nails were square and not uniform in appearance, while modern nails (after 1880) are wire. In other years the nails differ the nyc stuck primarily with square nails while the lv used round nails neither company was loyal to a single steel company, either the nyc bought its 1910-1913 nails from american steel & wire co, its 1914-1915 nails from jones & laughlin, its 1916 nails from american casting & manufacturing, etc. How to determine when an antique armoire was made by solarpowerman 8 it was placed into a heading tool and struck several times with a hammer to form the square head between 1790 and 1890, cut nails were commonly used and, beginning around 1880, nails were produced by machines and had round shaped heads screws. As the dovetail joint evolved through the last one hundred thirty years, it becomes a clue for the age and authenticity of antique furniture the type of dovetailed joint, especially in drawers, reveals much about furniture construction and dating with just a little study of these examples, it is easy to spot true hand made construction vs machine made furniture.
Determining the date of old furniture pieces can be tricky learn how to look at construction and components that provide useful dating clues. Recognizing age and construction in antique furniture ever play guitar with a broom or aim a flashlight as if it was a star wars blaster it can be fun, even productive, to break out of our everyday routine and assume other roles golfing we become tiger woods driving 84, some people play the part of rusty wallace faced with a. If you find old wrought iron nails in a piece of furniture look for a blackened area in the wood around the nail as iron corrodes over time therefore, do not rely on the presence of old nails to authenticate a piece as new old cut nails can be purchased from any restoration catalog by the box full learn to identify wood speciesthis will aid in. Traditionalist john poole discusses the history and merits of square nails.
The simple nail serves as a key to furniture dating until about 1800, nails were hand-forged – tapered square shafts and hand-hammered heads during the 1800's, cut nails have tapered rectangular shafts and rectangular heads in the 1900's, the round wire nail with straight sides and a round head are the standard. Discover mid-america — august 2007 furniture screws: primitive to gimlet one of the most overlooked and least understood clues in establishing the date and authenticity of older and antique furniture is the story that screws can tell about the history of a piece screws are relative newcomers to the production of furniture primarily because. Nails as clues to age most everyone knows that handmade nails are older than machine made nails but could you identify a handmade nail if you saw one.
Determine the age of antique furniture how to determine the age of antique furniture determining the age of antiques is half the fun learn 10 specific steps to establishing an accurate age for your antique furniture a single piece of antique furniture is more than a collection of nails, boards, and wood stain antique furnishings can tell a story.
We were discussing house age yesterday older part of this house has all square nails,siding,trim,inside and outside then i guess they started out without a kitchen,cause the kitchen was added later old part is north- south, gable end roof kitchen addition done later was a east -west gable, added.