There is, for instance, the mellow tone of wood known as patina.
One of my early mentors in detecting the genuine in furniture once told me that to him patina was just another name for complexion.
In general when examining original crisp edges on wooden objects, they have only been slightly worn from wear and the ravages of time when compared to a faker who tends to over-round these areas, unconsciencely going to excesses of the original hoping to make his point.
I will use a hypothetical example of a chair; once built to exacting standards to copy the original, it is dismantled and each component is burned over an open fire to imitate wear.
When dating a piece of antique furniture, one of the most important clues to its history is often overlooked.
The path to the genuine is passing by way of all the frauds. It is the object many buyers fear most but is in fact the one they need fear least.
A piece or two of old furniture, acquired by either inheritance or purchase, is frequently the beginning of antique collecting.
Even for those who have entered the field by another way, such as glass, silver, china or prints, furniture forms a setting for these accessories that were once part of the early American home.
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.