If the piece of furniture is dirty or encrusted with wax, clean it first with a mixture of denatured alcohol, white vinegar, and kerosene, in equal parts. Very early furniture, from the Middle Ages until the beginning of the eighteenth century, is mostly oak, but since the end of the seventeenth century, other woods as walnut and mahogany became the preferred choice among the cabinet makers.
Around the 1670s they came to recognise the better properties of the walnut, which dense grain allowed for lighter and finer shapes of the furniture, and quickly turned into a most fashionable material.
Check the piece in an inconspicuous spot with denatured alcohol; if finish dissolves, it’s shellac.
Consider practical matters Carefully: Always check the size and weight of any piece of antique furniture that interests you. To reduce these costs, search in local antique dealers and check other sellers who will provide a complete wrap and ship service.
The first aspect is the joinery; machine-cut furniture was not produced until about 1860.
In other words, more vintage furniture is acquired for its beauty and function rather than the profit potential of a piece.
But whether you are looking for a piece of antique furniture for your home or looking for something to sell on; to become knowledgeable about identifying antique furniture takes research.
The finish on furniture, made before 1860, is usually shellac; if the piece is very old, it may be oil, wax, or milk paint.
Fine old works are often French-polished, a variation of the shellac finish.Antique Furniture is one of the most fascinating sections of antique collecting.Primarily because so many of us naturally do what’s most important when collecting antique furniture. Most antique furniture tends to be purchased by ordinary everyday people, rather than dedicated antique furniture collectors.HSC Programs transitioned to a new medical provider for 2018. HSC departments should be using the latest version of the HSC Freeze Form that was made available in December 2017.Norman departments should be using the electronic Norman Freeze Form that was made available in July 2017.And that is even if you are focusing on only one aspect of this very diverse subject.