Antique chairs are old-fashioned chairs that were present in the early days. These can also be termed as the old or classic chairs. These chairs came into the being or use after the 1600’s. Before this period, only the master and the mistress of the house used the chairs. All other under privileged people had to sit on stools and benches. Surprisingly, chairs were once regarded as luxurious assets for a home.
The extent and enormous carvings found on the chairs made it very popular and it indicated high status. Many antique chairs are stylishly made and are, more importantly. quite durable. They not only enhance and give a customized look to the living room but also provide warmth and comfort. Almost all the antique chairs are made out of high quality wood. They are later given a splendid polish and excellent finishing for making them durable.
The beauty of the antique chairs or furniture lies in maintaining its originality with the historical importance attached to it. The original designs, stains, and paintings on it often reveal the times in which the chair was crafted. Some of them are of the view to make the antique craft whether chair or furniture presentable and usable. This brings into the picture the act of stripping and refinishing. But, then it is possible that the originality of the design and the chair is lost. However, technology has advanced so much that it is possible now to refurbish the antique chairs while preserving the historical importance and the accuracy. Thus, both the purpose is served of restoring an attractive appearance and preserving its antiquity.
As many antique chairs are made out of wood, it is necessary to preserve these wooden chairs from damage or any other type of defects. The major causes of damage to wooden furniture are casual handling and environmental conditions. Damage can be caused due to light. Light is especially harmful for wood, as it can fade out the dark finishes and darken the faded shades. It can also affect the finishing, and paint by leaving it discolored, opaque, brittle or cracked. The prevention can be done by not placing the chair in direct sunlight. It should not be placed near the fireplaces, or baseboard heaters. Basements and garages are not good places to store furniture and antique chairs because of fluctuating environmental conditions.
The antique chair helps in beautifying the room’s atmosphere. Proper care should be taken to maintain its condition so that the richness and the elegance is not lost after some days. One of the best ways to clean wood is to keep dusting it regularly with a soft and smooth cloth. The care should be taken that un-finished wood should not be wet-cleaned. The microcrystalline wax can be useful to increase the gloss of the finish, thus helping in removing the fingerprints. This should not be done very frequently, just once a year. Metal hardware on the antique chairs should be removed before any polishing as the ammonia present in it can damage the surrounding wood and finish.
The collection of antique chairs can be also considered as an asset and it serves to be a good investment also.