How To Identify Antique Chairs?

Antique Chairs

There is an exciting new energy in the world of antiques! The spotlight is focused on buying, selling and salvaging antique furniture like never before. Given that genuine antiques are extremely valuable and rare, there are many variables to consider when making a purchase. With a little help, however, you can learn to distinguish original pieces from reproductions based on style characteristics and construction.

Furniture styles are categorized by multiple factors, including time periods, country of origin and designers. Identifying the era in which an antique chair was made can help establish its true value. Follow these tips for a fun and profitable investment!

  • Is it just old or a true antique? Fine antique dealers qualify objects 100 years and older as antique. While exploring, check the chair’s joinery. Since machine-cut furniture wasn’t made until about 1860, handmade dovetails are a good indicator of the furniture’s age. Minor imperfections, shellac finish or primitive hardware may also indicate handmade workmanship.
  • To know your antique is to love it: You may choose antique furniture to match an older home or to accent a contemporary setting. To find the perfect item for your home, it is important to learn about the different periods of the antique. This will allow you to not only draw a deeper, historical connection with the antique chair you pick but will also help you in assessing its value.
  • What style is that antique chair? Many collectors prefer specific eras, styles, or makers, and one giveaway is a chair’s legs and feet. From the elaborate ball- and claw-style foot design of Chippendale to the highly functional Shaker style pieces, each era has a distinguishable leg style. Learn about these and other distinctive features like the seat and back of antique chairs to narrow down your choices.
  • Get an expert opinion: A trained eye is more likely to find an undervalued treasure or a clever fake than a novice ever would. If the piece lacks a distinct mark or label of the maker, consider getting a valuation from an antique expert or ask the seller for additional information that will help you make an informed decision.

Whether you are an amateur or a serious collector, our antique dealers can help you recognize a genuine antique chair from a fake.

Stop by Carrocel furniture store to see the selection of antique chairs in our showroom. Visit or call us today at 416-999-2525.

2 Response(s) for “How To Identify Antique Chairs?

  • Bette says:

    I have a pair of what I’ve always referred to as Mr. and Mrs chairs. Mine are stuffed, easy chair, type. One is highback wing (Mr.) . The other is lower with a rounded back style. Both have rounded arms and carved wood detailing on front of arms and along bottom of front. Curved queen Ann style front legs, a bit of carving at top of leg. Back legs are plain and straight. I cannot seem to find any pictures on web to help me date these. Thinking 30’s, 40’s. Appreciate your thoughts.

    1. Carrocel Interiors says:

      Hello Bette, email some photos to the team here and we will take a look.
      Our email address is
      Thank you.

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