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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 don’t!  It’s 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.