I've included a brief list of references, if you want to begin studying on your own. One thing to determine is the utility of the furniture you're trying to date. If you can locate tool marks on a piece of exposed wood, you might have some clues to follow.
This is a big topic to tackle and it will not be possible to cover many details in this short column. Oak joint stools, on the other hand, have been around for five hundred years.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created a sleuth who succeeded where others failed by employing systematic powers of observation and inference.
Additionally, Holmes was a student of trivial facts pertinent to his work.
Or aim a flashlight as if it was a Star Wars blaster?
New hardware can also be made to look antique, so don’t draw too hasty of a conclusion: just keep it in mind.Note whether the drawer has dovetails, and whether they are machine-cut dovetails or hand-cut. This is usually a sign that the piece is indeed antique—and high-quality at that, since rear dovetails are very uncommon even in antiques.Drawers (and backs) are also usually one of the cheapest components in furniture. Most modern pieces—even high-quality reproductions that look very genuine on the outside—use plywood in drawer construction. Game or card tables did not exist in great numbers until the end of the 17th Century. Windsor chairs were not around before the Queen Anne period.Nuts are more common for antiques, while screws are a newer convention.