How to Spot a Fake
Before your next antiquing spree, learn how to recognize authenticity with these shopping pointers.
Warmth of Ages
Certain repairs, such as re-caned seats or new upholstery, won't necessarily degrade an antique. But pieces lose value when the wood has been refinished, and artificial patinas are undesirable. True patinas, built up through years of use and polishing, exhibit a warm and variable surface, like the example at left. False patinas may be identified by their overly regular finish.
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