Turn the dining room table over and check the bottom for any type of label or identifying mark. Check the leaf, if the table has one and also check the table legs. If you find a serial number or signature, write that down as well.
Check the bottom of the chairs for any type of furniture label. If the chairs have cushions or upholstery, remove the seats and look at the underside of the seat and at the fabric. The brand or manufacturer label may be hidden underneath the fabric.
Open any drawers on the dining room pieces, including hutch drawers. On hutches and cabinets, the brand or manufacturer label is sometimes placed behind cabinet doors and on the drawers. Look at both the bottom and top of the drawer, as well as behind each one.
Look through furniture guidebooks and websites to find pieces similar to your dining room furniture. "The Bulfinch Anatomy of Antique Furniture" and "Field Guide to Antique Furniture" show color pictures of different furniture styles. Connected Lines offers descriptions of different furniture styles and sketches of what the pieces look like.
Pay for a professional appraisal of the dining room furniture. A professional appraiser visits your home, examines the furniture and gives you information on the manufacturer, brand, date of construction and any changes made to the pieces.
- Online appraisals are often cheaper than hiring an appraiser to visit your home. With online appraisals, you send digital photographs of the furniture and receive a professional description of the furniture.