Modern reproductions tend to be smaller and narrower than the originals enabling them to fit in with the smaller dining rooms of todays houses.
A noticeable point when looking at a genuine 18th C chair is the generous size of the seat, its much wider than todays reproductions.
Often less well proportioned, much simpler in design with splats with little or no carving.
The methods employed by London makers of the mid-18th C.
Determine if the casters are made from cast iron instead of wood.
Generally not so refined as the classical 18th C originals.
It is a five sided box that must fit perfectly within a case (a six-sided box) and be removable on demand without binding or breaking either the drawer or the case.
To do so it must incorporate some type of suspension mechanism to allow it to travel in and out of the case.
Today the discussion is just on determining the originality of hardware.
This type of hardware is easy to recognize because it often has “inclusions” from the sand itself in the brass, either grains of sand or odd colors from impurities.