Dating antique furniture drawers
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If you have a worn old dresser or rickety heirloom chair on your hands, you may be thinking of refinishing it yourself.
Up-and-down saws left vertical, crisp uniform marks and were used from 1700 to the 1860s.
A single piece of antique furniture is more than a collection of nails, boards, and wood stain.
Antique furnishings can tell a story one that may only exist in the imagination of the lucky person acquiring the piece.
There is some detective work to be done if you want to really ensure that the antique is real, and a qualified inspector should be hired if you're spending any appreciable sum of money.
Until then, following these steps will help you determine an approximate age of nearly any piece of antique furniture: These less obvious areas of the antique will provide clues as to whether the wooden components were cut using traditional methods like handsaws and planes, or whether the pieces were crafted using modern power tools.
If you suspect there’s something unusual or distinctively well-made about your piece, go with your gut, Masaschi says, and ask someone who knows.
This construction detail is your first key to the piece’s age and quality of craftsmanship.
The suspension idea ranges from the simple runner in the case to support the drawer sides, to a slot cut in the side of the drawer to engage a runner (the Pilgrim “hung” drawer), to a guide added to the center bottom of the drawer to engage a runner, to the nylon roller and ballbearing suspensions found in modern manufactured furniture.
But since suspensions are not always reliable and since wood expands and contracts due to weather and time a more significant consideration is “How is the drawer held together?
Dovetail joints are strong and require skill to produce, so they’re generally a sign of a well-made piece.
Hand-cut dovetails can date an older American piece to before 1890, although hobbyists and specialty makers still use them.
Some popular antiques are quite well documented and may be tied to a specific time period in history making an age determination quite simple. Adding to the complexity is the proliferation of copycat builders and modern furniture craftsmen who do an admirable job of cloning authentic antique furniture right down to the tool marks and date stamps.