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Bought in Belgium but is it French? Is date correct?

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    Posted 7 years ago

    Ravenred
    (7 items)

    I bought this nifty cabinet in Belgium. I felt like it must be Victorian Era however right in the front and center is in laid wood with "1740"..I wonder if that's the date? Why else would someone inlay those numbers front and center on this lovely cabinet? In any event, it has it's original working locks and keys and i love this gem...the scenes on the front appear to have Viking looking men and monks...hmm! Any ideas??
    (last pic in different light)

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    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      It could be from 1740. Its very beautiful!!!
    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      Having made a lot of furniture, I would love to see some better pics with some lighting.
    3. Ravenred Ravenred, 7 years ago
      i will take some...that whole room is rather dark, i have a bunch of very dark antiques in that room and it makes the whole room look dark. I will try to get some better ones. :)
    4. AmberRose AmberRose, 7 years ago
      Welcome to CW Raven! You have some beautiful treasures. Looking forward to see more!
    5. Ravenred Ravenred, 7 years ago
      Aw Thanks Amber! This is a fun place! i love looking at everyone's goodies! :)
    6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      Know what you mean. Most of my furniture is dark red woods & dark furniture and it makes a room look smaller. Amber made me note that you are a FNG so welcome to our cyber-asylum.
    7. Ravenred Ravenred, 7 years ago
      thank you!!! i almost thought you were calling me a bad word...FNG! haha! :)
    8. AmberRose AmberRose, 7 years ago
      Okay, I'm so bad at this...what's FNG? Yes it sounds bad...hee hee.
    9. Ravenred Ravenred, 7 years ago
      fairly new girl??? heck i don't know! hahahaha
    10. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      Did you Google it or was it on Bing? Please, no McDonald coffee stirrers, Tupperware, or things you couldn't sell at your last garage sale!
    11. AmberRose AmberRose, 7 years ago
      Googled it! Hahaha!
    12. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      F---ing New Guy/Girl. You must be white collar!
    13. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      "Why else would someone inlay those numbers front and center on this lovely cabinet?"

      To make folks think it was actually old!

      This form is popular among those who create antique reproductions. Details of the interior/ joints/ hinges/ back will reveal if it has actual age or not. Add some more photos when you are able.

      scott
    14. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      Especially of screw-heads, joint construction etc.. Didn't know we were going to be this "picky", did you? We aren't there, so have to go by pics.
    15. Ravenred Ravenred, 7 years ago
      the drawers are all dove tail, nice...and the locks are original old locks.
    16. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      Actually, I would think dutch or Belgie before even considering Italian.
    17. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 7 years ago
      i would guess english, dutch or german by the look of the knights on the corners. there were a lot of repros made even way back in victorian times, so to get a better feel for the piece, better pics w/ a quality camera and good lighting would be a good start.
    18. Ravenred Ravenred, 7 years ago
      Yes thank you..i know...better pics required.
    19. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 7 years ago
      there were a lot of ones w/ a similar look made in the 1920s - gothic revival, maybe? but the date on yours may be significant, if the construction is right. there should be some old repairs or some wear and tear visible as well.
    20. Ravenred Ravenred, 7 years ago
      Thanks Ho2cultcha...I posted a couple of pics, can only add 4 at a time and the inside of this cabinet is filled to the brim with stuff so i can't get inside nor the backside pics without completely emptying it! which i have no time to do...it's not THAT important to me. I know it's old, it has a TON of repairs and if it's 1800's instead of 1700's, it really matters not! It's a wonderful old piece loaded with character and i love it! :) English is a thought, i agree with that...i could be. :)
    21. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      Very old dovetails but that doesn't really date it accurately. Beautiful piece & see why you are so proud of it.
    22. Ravenred Ravenred, 7 years ago
      thanks blunder! i do love it. :) thanks for all your input! :)
    23. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      The dovetails would make me think LATE 1800s at the earliest. Carving blow ups also appear to be of the same era. MY OPINION.

      fhrjr2 is the "dovetail expert" on the forum and can probably supply more detailed information.

      scott
    24. Ravenred Ravenred, 7 years ago
      thank you Scott, have no desire to chat with him anymore...he's rude in my opinion.. I agree with your assessment Scott, i thought 1800's too...it really doesn't matter. Thanks much!

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