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Generally, cabinetmakers chose harder woodsmaple, oak, walnut, cherry, or mahogany.But these woods have always been favored for furniture, so workmanship and finish are probably a better sign of age than the wood itself.The longer a piece of furniture remains in their inventory, the less profit they make on it.While a piece of furniture may sell for more than say a cup and saucer, it takes up valuable floor space, so theres actually more profit in smaller items.Not all pieces made before 1860 had dovetail joints on drawers.Those that did had only a few, and these weren't even.
Check to see if any of the wood has become discolored from uneven exposure to light.An old piece of furniture that has stood against a wall for years will show its age with distinct differences in coloring.And while its a good idea to check the wood beneath the hardware, most dealers wont allow you to detach the hardware to do so.Lacquer and varnish didnt come along the mid 19th century.
Older pieces may have oil, wax, or milk paint finishes.
This is also the difference between an authentic piece of furniture and a reproduction.