Accomplished entrepreneur Randy Eastburg is the owner of Valley Ridge Roofing and Construction in Texas. In this capacity, he oversees all estimates and sales for the commercial side of the business and interacts with sales people, insurance adjusters, and owners. Outside of work, Randy Eastburg enjoys visiting antique shops with his wife.

Antique furniture helps create a unique feel in the home, but distinguishing between a true antique piece and a recreation is often difficult. At a very basic level, true antique furniture pieces have inconsistent imperfections due to use and human construction error. Most wood pieces are made from more than one type of wood while recreations are often from the same type. Different woods are typically seen at unexposed areas of a piece. Further, carved wood on antique furniture was likely done by hand. Due to this, it is common to see small imperfections, such as an uneven appearance, on true antique items.

It is also important to note the stated date of origin of a supposed antique, to determine whether the materials used support its credibility. On pieces that date to the early 1800s, the appropriate finish on wood pieces would be shellac; varnish and lacquer were not invented until the mid-1800s, so they should not be found on earlier items. Exceptionally early pieces may be finished with wax or oil.

Similarly, upholstery stuffing before the 1920s was primarily made from hay or horsehair because synthetic materials had not yet been invented. The overall construction also gives away a piece’s time origins, since clean-cut joinery suggests that machines were used.