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Re: dating antiques

Posted By: James Schooley (0-2pool241-166.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 6/21/4 21:20

In Response To: dating antiques (Mlelanie)

I never advise dateing an antiques unless they are very well off. A hand cut dovetail will show cut marks where a knif was used to mark the cut lines. The hand sawn tails will be uneven and when the saw cuts are made there will be an extra deep pass or two beyound the stoping point. Machine cut dovetains will be very even in size and the tail will have a round outline to it as opposed to the square shape inside the joint. Europe's dovetails tended to be very wide apart and slim in girth, but this will appear in some US made drawers too. Look at the methods of shaping the wood, the industrial age brought about the shapper and circular saw. The hand planed boards indicate furniture from pre 1825. The nails and screws tell a lot also. Square nails went out in 1865 - 1880, and the phillips head screw wasn't used until 1930. Screws with a flat point are pre 1815. All dates on hardware a flexible to a couple years this way and that.

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