Original or Reproduction?

How do you know if an antique frame is an original or a reproduction?

In a nutshell sometimes you do and sometimes you donít!† Itís a great challenge for antique dealers to authenticate a piece of furniture.† With frames, it can be a bit easier. Besides the style of the moulding and the finish, one of the first things to do is look at the back side of a frame.† Joinery techniques have differed over the centuries.† The age of the wood will be apparent as well.† Something that has survived for at least 100 years looks a bit different than something made ten years ago.