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How Do I Choose the Best Carved Antique Chairs?

Buying a carved antique chair from local antique dealers can save on transportation costs.
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  • Written By: K. K. Lowen
  • Edited By: Allegra J. Lingo
  • Last Modified Date: 15 April 2014
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Selecting carved antique chairs requires attention to detail. The most essential factor is to ensure that the chair is truly an antique. Many products are sold as antiques but are actually imitations. You also will want to decide how ornate the carvings you want on a chair. The purpose the chair will serve is another important consideration, as some are designed for decorative purposes and others for practical purposes.

Antiques are items that are at least 100 years old, although some types of products, including cars and electronics, may be classified as antique much sooner. Expensive antiques are typically older than less-costly pieces. Carved antique chairs may be quite expensive because they have been around for a long time.

The cost of carved antique chairs is very important. It may be helpful to create a budget before entering the selection process. A large budget will allow you to choose from a bigger selection. If you intend to invest a substantial amount, you may be able to purchase more extravagant pieces and perhaps pieces with greater historical value. You can find suitable carved antique chairs if you have a limited amount of money to spend, but it may take longer.

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A variety of styles are available, and the style you choose can impact the cost of your carved antique chair. Try to narrow down your search by figuring out what type of antique chair you want to buy and consider color, size, style, and type of wood. Do as much research as possible to ensure that you have all the information necessary to make the best choice.

There are simple steps you can take to identify genuine carved antique chairs. If a machine carved the chair, it is probably an imitation. True antique chairs are generally handcrafted and during a close examination, you will see imperfections and tool marks that would not be present in commercially manufactured items. Take note of the general condition of the chair. A perfect appearance would indicate that the chair is a reproduction because those that are over 100 years old usually have flaws or signs of wear.

Using a variety of search methods may help you find the best carved antique chair for a satisfactory price. You could purchase a carved wooden chair from an antique store, but you also could look for antiques at auctions. Local antique sellers could save you money on travel expenses, and you can avoid the shipping and handling costs by buying locally and transporting the chair yourself. Online shopping is also a possibility, but you must be cautious because it is more difficult to spot an imitation on the Internet.

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