Dating oak tree

Antique Furniture is one of the most fascinating sections of antique collecting.

Primarily because so many of us naturally do what’s most important when collecting antique furniture. Most antique furniture tends to be purchased by ordinary everyday people, rather than dedicated antique furniture collectors.

Live oak ranks as one of the heaviest native hardwoods, weighing 55 pounds per cubic foot when air dry.

This weight or density makes live oak a good fuel wood although it can be very difficult to split.

On the Gulf Coast, live oaks often support many types of epiphytic plants (plants that grow on top of another plant but does not depend on it for nutrition) such as Spanish moss which hangs in weeping garlands, giving the trees a striking appearance. It normally grows in low sandy soils near the Coast but can be found in a wide variety of sites.

You can find live oak along stream banks or borders of salt marshes; along roadsides or in city lots; and commonly scattered in pastures or in mixed woodlands.

And that is even if you are focusing on only one aspect of this very diverse subject.

When trying to identify antique furniture, dedicated antique hunters search for beautifully preserved pieces, armed with pins, magnifying glasses, spirit levels and all sorts of testing equipment.

Live oak was widely used in early American shipbuilding.Handmade dovetails almost always indicate a piece made before 1860.It’s easy to spot an antique by the drawers because joints were not machine-cut until about 1860.Consider practical matters Carefully: Always check the size and weight of any piece of antique furniture that interests you. To reduce these costs, search in local antique dealers and check other sellers who will provide a complete wrap and ship service.The first aspect is the joinery; machine-cut furniture was not produced until about 1860.

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