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A southern antique is a piece made before the Civil War.
Wherever you look, it's a sure bet that you won't find a genuine antique from 1500 or 1600.
Fine old pieces are often French-polished, a variation of the shellac finish.
A lacquer or varnish finish is a sure sign of later manufacture.
Antique Secretary Desks /writing desks have their origin in the 17th century as small traveling desks.
After that they started appearing in various sizes and styles.
On handmade furniture, rungs, slats, spindles, rockers, and other small-diameter components are not uniform.