Relevant categories: Desks
(Above photo - French Antique Writing Table Bureau Plat Parquetry Desk )
Instead of a desk, you might discover you are actually in need of a writing table. Yet, choosing a writing table isn’t that easy. Before you even look at the specifics, first ensure that you are dealing with an antique dealer with a good reputation. If you do not follow our advice, you might end up with reproduction furniture that is being sold as an authentic one. An experienced antique dealer is able to know what a genuine piece of furniture looks like.
Importantly, an antique furniture dealer should offer customer protection and have in place a working return policy. In that case, it is possible to return the piece of furniture to the seller, if you aren’t happy with it. Also, the dealer should be able to authenticate the age of the writing-table by issuing a certificate.
Here is valuable advice you should follow when shopping for antique writing tables:
1. Take Time
(Above photo - Mahogany Georgian Desk Writing Table )
In order to authenticate a piece of antique furniture, take your time. Check the condition. In that case, you should swell on the structural soundness of the piece of furniture. While at it, check that it is actually aged. Uniformity of the veneer on top and bottom of the writing-table also matters.
Also, ascertain that the table of very proportional. It is likely that previous owners of the table might have altered its looks. For instance, the writing table might have previously served as washstands and dressing tables. That’s in a bid to make the pieces more commercial.
2. Evidence of Age
(Above photo - Danish Mid Century Modern Desk Writing Table by Nanna Ditzel )
It takes an expert to accurately estimate the age of an antique piece of furniture simply by looking at the construction and style. Check for signs of previous use, ink stains, and marks of wear and tear. Genuine antique writing tables would exhibit signs of wear and tear in the body. It will have several bumps and knocks from chairs and so on. In other words, the table should have visible signs of age even if it was previously restored. Anything that looks new is a reproduction and nothing else.
3. Mahogany Timber
(Above photo - Victorian Desk Writing Table Burr Walnut 1860 )
A strong and sturdy material, mahogany has been popular for making furniture over the centuries. That’s why it is still a pricey material to buy even today. Mahogany is a dense material that hardly features any holes and knots. It rarely gets attacked by woodworms and can safely be kept in wet, humid areas. So, it is highly likely that the antique writing table you are looking for is made from mahogany.
Good writing tablesare made of solid wood or those with thicker veneers. That was the preferred style by the craftsmen in the early 20th-century when the quality of the wood used was the highest. So, this should be a major factor when deciding the writing tables to buy. if it is made of thin wood plunks, then it possibly isn’t authentic. However, if all you care about is the functionality of the table, this should be a big deal. After all, it is you who will be using it.
Take your time to make sure you get the best possible deal.
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