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You may not be able to see this with the naked eye, but if you measure a circular table top with the grain and then across the grain, there should be a difference if the table is an antique.

Machine cut dovetails were made from the middle of the 1800s onward.

Three-ply plywood as we know it today was made in 1905.

Are all the parts original, or have there been replacements and repairs?

Since wood is an organic material, it shrinks across the grain with age.

Scalloped dovetails can be dated to the 1890s and were only used for a short time.

You might think it's a modern material, but the Egyptian Pharaohs used laminated wood in furniture and it was used in England in the 1740s.

Pit saws, used from roughly the 1600s to 1750, left irregular, slanted, deep rough marks.

Game or card tables did not exist in great numbers until the end of the 17th Century.

The use of square or oblong wooden pins that held in place by the shrinking of the wood was another joinery technique of that time.

If you find a piece of furniture that seems to combine several styles, it is most probably not a period piece, but a later reproduction.

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