Relevant categories: Dressers and Sideboards
(Above photo - Sheraton Revival Sideboard )
So you want to buy an antique mahogany sideboard? How do you determine if the price you are being offered is right? You have to find out when and where the sideboard was made, its age before knowing the exact worth of that particular piece. After learning the actual price, you will know whether or not the seller is honest with you.
The essential factor in determining the price is the year when the sideboard was made. In the case of an antique mahogany sideboard, that should be at least a century ago. If it is younger than that, then it most likely is a vintage piece of furniture. So check the age, build quality, and the current conditions to know if you have something valuable or not. The following methods will help you to know all about antique mahogany sideboards:
(Above photo - Georgian Sideboard - Mahogany Antique Server Buffet )
It would help if you start by examining the sideboard for any unique marks, dates, and other identifying factors. Most cabinet makers in the 19th century would sign onto handmade pieces or add logos to distinguish them. Once you find a logo or mark, research it in books or online. You may discover that the same designer had used different logos on pieces made in different periods, making it easier to tell when it was made. On the other hand, mass produced sideboards may feature a company (the manufacturer) name.
Keenly Examine the Corners and Edges
(Above photo - Georgian Sideboard Mahogany Server Buffet Circa 1800 )
To check if a sideboard is antique, you should run your hands along its edges. If it has been in use all these years, the edges would be slightly worn down instead of sharp. That too applies to the corners, which are likely to be worn down. If you can, remove one of the screws and examine it. Unlike modern screws, antique screws were irregular, lacking evenly-milled threads or sharp tips. If you find a screw with even threads or sharp tips, then it shows the piece of furniture was only made recently.
Check the Joinery
(Above photo - Antique Regency Sideboard - Edwards and Roberts London 1880 )
Antique mahogany sideboards were mainly made by hand. That’s why you should check the type of joinery used to make the sideboard. Examples of joints used to complete antique furniture include dovetail, Knapp, tenon, and other hand-crafted joints. You can’t find a sideboard with nails used to join the different parts. If you do, then the furniture should have been mass produces or poorly put together.
Checking the Distinctive Features
(Above photo - Antique Regency Sideboard - Mahogany Server Buffet )
Apart from knowing when an antique mahogany sideboard was made, you should check any marks showing its style. For example, it could be Chippendale, Regency, or Victorian. You can research the various furniture styles online to know what you have. The type of legs and decorations may help you tell the age of the sideboard.
Appraisers and Auction Sites
Appraisers and auction sites can show you exactly how much an antique mahogany sideboard is worth. So, do extensive research on these sites to know how much bidders for antique chests pay. Alternatively, you may ask a professional appraiser to help you determine the price of that particular piece of furniture.
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