Telling Really Old From Nearly Old

Knowing how to tell if an antique piece is genuine or not is the million dollar question.  There are some fairly obvious pointers so that you can pick the real deal and not just a good reproduction.  Real antique pieces are by their very nature going to be old and definitely shouldn't be machine manufactured or finished.  They will appear imperfect and those very flaws will be inconsistent and not in any regular pattern.  Natural wood for example has alls sorts of marks, dents and colour variations.  A reproduction will very often be symmetrical, very smooth and any flaws will have been made to look old.    On a wooden piece, look under chairs and drawers - the least exposed the better.  If the wood on the oldest pieces will be different from the very best wood on the top facing areas as economies were made as needed.   A repro is most often made in all the same batch of wood with no variance.