Your cabinet is an antique if it retains at least 50 percent of its original components and is at least 100 years old. If it is an antique, you should see some patina on the drawer pulls.Fingers tugging at the drawer pulls over the decades gives the metal a mellow finish, or patina.Starting in 1842, England has offered registration of it's decorative designs for pottery, china, wood, paper, pottery, china, porcelain, glass and more.By using the information below you can find the date a design was registered. Remember this date is just when the design was registered.These are all suggestions of age, but it takes a professionally trained antiques dealer to know if these marks are caused by age or are modern reproductions. If the glass is wavy and has air bubbles, it has been hand-rolled which is characteristic of antiques.
The popularity of china cabinets spread, and they can now be found in the homes of anyone, regardless of wealth.The Public Record office and the British Government tend to enforce these marks and registration numbers.Companies located outside the UK who have reproduced items, and tried to use a facsimile of the marks or numbering system have been sued, and have had sanctions imposed against them.If the cabinet is painted, the color will be dulled on surfaces where there has been lots of contact with hands or fingers over the decades.There may be crackling of the paint or areas where the paint has disappeared as a result of exposure to bright sun or moisture.These pieces of information can help you to research the history of your cabinet.Take a photograph of your cabinet so you can show it to several antique dealers.Also, dinnerware manufacturers stuck to standards and changes happened gradually over time.Because of this, identifying the age of dinnerware by certain characteristics is certainly easier than, say, a vintage pair of shoes.1900-1920In the early 20th century, it was a family ritual to eat dinner together.During World War I (1914-1918) American families ceased buying German and Japanese dinnerware.Dinnerware made between 1900-1920 typically had flower patterns, especially violets. They were generally pastel (again, violet) or had a white background.