How To Spot Fake Antique Furniture

Not everything you find is what it seems when it comes to antique furniture even if to the untrained eye everything appears genuine. Spotting the real antiques from the many fakes in circulation is a skill that takes years to acquire but here are some more obvious things to look out for when trying to spot the difference.

Watch out for things that shouldn’t be there

One of the easiest ways to spot a fake is to look carefully at materials. Plywood for example may be present in furniture that was produced from the 1930s onwards but it wouldn’t have been used in furniture dating back before this period. The same goes for materials like chipboard or items that hold things together like staples and screws.

Look under tables
Antique tables will have develop a lovely patina over time and this is impossible to reproduce. Expect to see evidence that lots of people’s fingers have touched the table. You should find a waxy rim and almost certainly no brush marks.

The thicker the veneer the older it is
In old furniture veneers were much thicker than on more modern furniture.

If you are uncertain about the origins of a piece of furniture at Beeston reclamation our staff will be on hand to advise.