Dating antique lane furniture
Look for a blackened area of wood around corroded iron nails.
The Cabinet Makers tools always leave clear clues as to the period when the furniture was made.
This puts your piece into the Victorian era at the earliest.
All Lane cedar chests have a serial number -- it doubles as the manufacturing date the chest was made when you read the number from right to left or backward.
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Here are a few tips on how to determine the age of a piece of furniture. Measure the tabletop from top to bottom and from left to right. If you see one large dovetail, the piece could be early eighteenth century.
Old nails were handmade, square and often had beaten heads and were generally uneven in appearance; whilst modern nails (post circa 1880) are mass produced and uniform.Are the 'Pin' and the'Tail' a different size and shape from each other, if they are identical then the joint may have been manufactured by an automated process. A scribe line was made by the Cabinet Maker when marking out the dovetail joints, it is not always present by any means but can help to re-inforce an opinion. A legitimate antique is one hundred years old or older.It should have a bit of scarring to show for its time. Round tabletops should be out of round, meaning they should be slightly oval.