Thakeham Furniture - Antique Furniture Shop, Petworth, West Sussex, UK

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Welcome to our shop, Thakeham Furniture, in Petworth, West Sussex, UK. Established in 1987 by Tim and Belinda Chavasse, we are a small family firm specialising in fine English antique furniture from the Georgian and Victorian periods. We stock a good range of 18th and 19th century antique furniture with an emphasis on originality, good colour and patina. Browse our extensive, user friendly website, known as one of the best antique furniture websites in the UK. Thakeham Furniture are members of LAPADA [The London and Provincial Antique Dealers Association], so you can purchase with confidence, as we follow a strict code of practise

 

THAKEHAM BLOG

10 Things To Look For When Buying Antique Furniture

Posted on November 25, 2014 by Belinda Chavasse


Here's our definitive guide to avoiding the most obvious pitfalls.....


1. Does the piece have its original finish, or has it been repolished - does it have a shiny plastic finish or the nice smooth patina of age? (Read more about finishes here)


2. Look underneath, study the back, check for loose joints – when buying chairs see if they wobble when you sit on them. Good restorers are hard to come by and can be costly.


3. Do the drawers glide easily in and out? - if not, the drawer runners might be worn and need replacing.


4. Check for woodworm - look for the tell-tale holes. Tap the holes; if dust comes out, the worm is alive. The problem is treatable, so do not let a few holes put you off buying.


5. Are the handles original? Often handles have been replaced, but check that they are a good quality replacement, in keeping with the piece.


6. Is it ‘right’? – sometimes an old top is put onto a newer table base – in what we call a ‘marriage’. Look for inconsistencies of colour and any unexplained screw holes under the top. This could affect the item’s value.


7. Are there any new sections – such as legs, shelves or backboards? There should never be any plywood in a genuine antique. Plywood wasn’t made until about 1920.


8. If you are buying at auction, be aware that the buyer’s premium can often add as much as 27% to the bid price.


9. We recommend buying from a member of one of the respected trade associations such as Lapada or Bada - these dealers follow a strict code of practice.


10. Trust your eye - does the piece ‘stand’ well? If the proportions look wrong, it probably is wrong. Go with your taste - you will be looking at and enjoying this piece everyday!


 

 
 
 
 

Tim and Belinda Chavasse
Thakeham Furniture Ltd.
Golden Square Petworth West Sussex
GU28 0AP 01798 342 333