In addition, the wood used for the drawer sides and bottoms helps determine whether the furniture is American or European.How a drawer is constructed and the woods used is revealing, but there are two important caveats. Seldom does one clue provide confirmation of anything.It is expected that antique mirrors may have acquired a few minor damages over the years, there may be a few scratches, marks and alterations that have been performed and this is often to be expected when it comes to antique items of furniture.It is also possible that there may be imperfections of the glass of the mirror.
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Any technique or machine that was once used could still be used, and often is used, for example, by many readers of this magazine who build reproduction furniture.
So, for example, hand-cut dovetails alone can’t be used to date furniture before the machine age.
Chris Bradford, General Manager at Windsor House Antiques, has been in the antique business for over forty years and specialises in 18th C and 19th C mirrors, below is his top tips to consider when looking at acquiring an antique mirror.
Our resident interior designer, Lizzie Greenaway, suggests five useful points below to consider when purchasing and placing an antique mirror within your home, ensuring it is used and admired to its full advantage.