Fakers devise wondrous ways of remaking old parts into antiques.Their imaginations are bound only by the availability of old wood.
One will also find excessive wear marks added, generally being much over done and sometimes in the wrong areas as compared to the original being copied.
The most common way to enhance old furniture has been to add carving, and the most commonly added carving had been the shell or fan.
A newly carved fan on a plain case can quickly move it out of the antique shop in which it had become a fixture.
Every chair must be examined, for enlarging was common practice.
The longer ago a set was enlarged, the more valuable the added members.