According to Tony Duke writing in North Island Mid Week, the antiques rule where anything antique had to be 100 years old may need to be changed to 150. He says that for the purists, a piece of antique furniture for example would have to be made prior to 1860 to be considered a true antique.
Part of this rethink would be put down to changes in manufacture and availability, where furniture made prior to 1860 was generally hand crafted and was only available to the very wealthy and therefore tends to be rarer today. The ever growing momentum of the industrial revolution meant that by the middle of the 19th century, a growing middle class was demanding cheaper machine turned furniture so that they too could display their growing wealth through their household possessions. The purists argue that the quality is just not there in these machine made pieces and that much mass produced Victorian furniture was a poor reproduction of previous hand crafted 18th styles.
Although partly true, mass production was also able to produce some very fine pieces during Victoria’s reign and beyond using the best timbers such as mahogany, and the Arts and Crafts movement prompted the production of some high quality handmade pieces towards the end of the 19th and into the 20th century. So the debate continues.
When looking for Victorian antique dining tables in Preston , Lancashire, local antiques dealers will be able to show you some well made quality items.
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