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Dating an Old Dresser

Posted By: vince <vstrazzabosco@yahoo.com> (1Cust243.tnt23.chi15.da.uu.net)
Date: 6/24/3 00:48

I found this forum a few days ago, and it's been wonderful to read.

But now I've come up with a question that some folks here might know something about.

At one of the resale shops I frequent, I saw an old dresser that caught my eye. Usually 95% of the furniture in these places isn't worth looking at from a beauty or antique standpoint.

This dresser has two drawers above four, with the top two being curved outward and covered with veneer with the others flat, covered with veneer. Total width of the dresser is about 2.5 feet, and is about 46 inches high. It has legs that are straight and plain in the back, and the fronts are curved without any fancy trim, etc. Flat, veneered top with a minimum of of dcoration. I don't know of the type of wood used, but it is wood with wood veneer on front, no particle boards, and is a dark wine-color. Possibly old shellac?

The drawer are of dovetail construction front and rear, and there are panels on the back. Small wooden dowels keep the drawers from going too far back into the dresser. Every drawer has a brass lock with a nice looking old-style keyhole so each drawer can be locked individually. Keys are missing. Each drawer has a faceted, round glass knob with a small brass base.

It's definitely not art deco style, nor does it have the fancy trimmings that many "victorian" items have. From the simple yet sturdy design, careful woodwork and locks, it seems to be a well made item from a time when such items were made well even if they were mass-produced. I've found no name or identifying marks, but haven't been able to clean off the bottom or search it with a flashlight.

I'd drag it home right away, but their asking price of $100 makes even a cut to $50 a bit pricey. Then there's the question of where would I keep it.....though if it seems like a worthwhile piece, it'd be easier to justify to my better half.

Comments and questions are certainly welcome! And THANKS!

vince Naperville, IL

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