Relevant categories: Dining Tables
You don’t have to buy a new dining table for use in your home. An antique piece of furniture may turn out to be both functional and decorative. If you want to give your guests a good dining experience, you may consider buying some William IV Dining Tables. But you cannot tell if it is the right thing unless you look out for certain features. You may want to consider the following:
William IV dining tables were the precursor of the Victorian style furniture. It is important to ask yourself when the table you want to buy was made. As such, William IV dining tables were made between 1830 and 1837. Their style, therefore, dates back to that time and is similar to the preceding Georgian furniture. But you are also likely to find copies of the original design which were produced using machines in later years. So be careful as you assess the style of table you are looking at.
2. Saw Marks
Antique tables were made using unique saw techniques unlike some of the pieces available today. When it comes to the William IV dining tables, many of them had their undersides unpolished. Thus saw marks were left on the underside of the table making it a unique feature to look out for. Since these are tables from the 19th century, the saw marks were angular in nature. If you see that, then you know you are dealing with the real thing. The more the wood looks rough-hewed, the more authentic the antique piece of furniture is.
You can easily know the age of a dining table by looking at the hardware that holds it together. As such, William IV dining tables are likely to have been fastened using screws. You may want to remove one of the screws to examine its length, width, and general condition of the threads. Depending on what you see, you will be able to tell if it is a genuine antique or not. Tables from the 19th century are expected to have thin, worn out screws. Make sure the screws are a part of the entire table. Check if the screws are covered with the finishing and hard to remove.
4. Signs of Refinishing
Given how long William IV dining tables have been in existence, it is possible that they have been refinished at least once. Of course, the purpose of refinishing it is to improve the overall appearance of the table. However, what it succeeds to do is lower its value. Check out for marks made by sandpaper in turnings, decorative carvings, and crevices. If it is a veneer surface, you will notice signs of possible wear-through on the edges.
For a non-veneered table, there will be sanding marks visible on the edges. Just check for slightly rounded edges. Where sanding marks are invisible, you may want to check out for cracking, peeling, checking, and other signs of wear. As you can see, knowing authentic William IV dining tables is that simple and easy. If you find one, buy it before someone else grabs it.
Much of this dining furniture is on dispaly in our Canonbury Antiques Hertfordshire showroom - please get in touch if you would like to view anything or require a shipping quote (we can ship to anywhere in the world). We also carry Victorian dining sets, Regency pedestal tables, refectory tables and assorted dining chairs to match.
Large Victorian Dining Table -...
Victorian Extending Dining Tab...
William IV Mahogany Dining Tab...
William IV Dining Table - Larg...
Classical Marble Busts - Classical Antiquity In Your Garden From Canonbury Antiques
Torcheres - Everything You Should Know from Canonbury Antiques
Marble pedestal stands are great for displaying decorative pieces such as marble busts or porcelain vases and are great for interior designers looking to add an air of classical refinement to a room or interior...