Dating antiques guide

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If the handles are original it will give a very good indication of the age of the chest.

A pear drop handle will suggest the chest will be William and Mary or Queen Anne period whereas a swan neck handle would be found on pieces that post date 1750.

Other types of lamps like astral and fairy lamps also began in the nineteenth century.

You might think it's a rare and valuable book but don't know where to find its value?

When searching on Abe it's important to find copies that match the book in your possession as accurately as possible. The search results will be presented by the lowest price first.

Scroll through the listings and read how the booksellers have described the books. Please remember that an old or antique book is not necessary valuable just because it's old.

If it is early 18th Century it may well be in walnut and if it is Georgian or later it is probably made out of mahogany. If they are made in pine the chest is probably of secondary quality whereas if they are of oak or mahogany it is of superior quality.

Also look at the way the grain of the bottom board runs, if it is from front to back the chest is probably of early 18th Century construction, the grain running from side to side suggests a manufacture of post 1750.

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