Some tips buying antiques (things I've learned).
- Don't let looks deceive you (it looked really good with wax, without the wax you could see the reparations)
- Always look on the inside of the box! (there where screws sticking out inside)
- Test the stability of the legs
- Never buy something that is painted (you can't see the wood that way!)
- If you want to polish the wood with sandpaper always check if it's solid wood!