Antiques were all carved by hand and the carvings should feel slightly bumpy and uneven.
If the lines are smooth and perfectly carved, it was done by a machine and is a good indicator that it’s a newer piece.
If the panels don’t completely fit against the frame, this could be a sign of shrinkage from age.
However, you should also be able to notice that wood in the gaps between the panel and the frame are lighter in color than the rest of the frame.
Around 1830, most wood was cut by a sawmill which left straight, more even marks.
The circular saw wasn’t invented until around 1850.
Most antiques will also be constructed of several types of wood.
Because it didn’t make sense economically to use expensive types of wood in the areas that didn’t show, the bottoms, backs or insides are often made from cheaper woods such as pine or maple.
It wasn’t until the middle of the 20th century that architects began including more closets into their designs.
You don’t need to hire a professional to get an approximate age of an antique.
First of all, you’ll want to determine whether or not the armoire is indeed an antique.
You can usually get a good idea from the way the wood was cut and how the armoire was put together.
The way in which the piece is put together is very important in determining age.