How to Spot a Fake
Before your next antiquing spree, learn how to recognize authenticity with these shopping pointers.
Against the Grain
Examine the primary woods. Those covering the piece's exterior should match from top to bottom. Likewise, any decorative carvings or motifs, along with the degree of oxidation, should be consistent. Be wary of instances where two or more exterior pieces seem to have been joined together. Also, examine the piece's secondary woods, which line the drawers and form the piece's skeleton. These components, typically of lesser quality than the exterior woods, should exhibit well-constructed joints and uniform wear.
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