Dating antique dining chairs

Continental (and particularly Dutch) influence Was strong on all furniture.

Antique glass is thin (less than 1/8 inch thick), variably wavy, and somewhat gray in color.

It's easy to spot an antique by the drawers, because joints weren't machine-cut until about 1860.

If it has only a few dovetail joints, with pins narrower than the dovetails, then the joint was made by hand.

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Smaller “matching” elements, such as wooden drawer knobs, chair spindles, or feet on a variety of objects, may have slight differences in the shape if they were hand crafted prior to 1860 or so.