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Dressers335 of 550Oak dresser draws from earlier post.Antique looking Dresser
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Posted 4 years ago

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Bought this item at a garage sale, I am not sure the maker or the year of this. Does anyone have any information on it,



  1. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Probably early 20th century for most of the dresser. The top board and decorative back piece appear to be a more recent additions.

  2. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    The "hat box" is not something I would expect to see in a 1970s piece. Also the wood on the back and overall wood patina is typical of early 20th century.

    Agree there is modern oak, this is not one of them.

  3. MayBhere, 4 years ago
    Could you tell us if the casters are one inch and whether they are made of leather or wood? The metal appears to be steel rather than brass. I am doing a fun apprentice type thing learning how to repair old furniture. I had not given much thought to the fact that I need to know how to identify it. It isn't easy so here I am using stuff here to practice.
  4. Merr, 4 years ago
    They are wooden and they are one inch. I know there has been some comments about the top, but I think maybe it I'd just the angle of the pic, it is the same wood ant original to the dresser.
  5. Merr, 4 years ago
    Thank you for your comments, the wood on top is original and is the same wood, I agree in the pic it looks a little different. I was also told that it belong to this girls Grandmother and she had had it for years.
  6. MayBhere, 4 years ago
    Almost the end of the week and I need a good grade. Could you show a picture of the drawer construction? Also, I notice blue steel tacks and phillips heads screws on the back of this. Would I be correct? Also the stencil indicates this was made in a factory and mass produced. Chalk marks etc. were normally used by movers and still are. Are there any paper tags?
  7. AzTom AzTom, 4 years ago
    It is an old one for sure. The original tag would have been under the four tacks you see in the top left corner on the back.

    This has been worked on and I believe the drawers once had veneer on the face of them. The veneer was removed and the base wood sanded and finished.
  8. Merr, 4 years ago
    What year do you think it is from and what do you think the value would be
  9. MayBhere, 4 years ago
    I may be new and I may be learning but oak was not used as a secondary wood.
  10. Merr, 4 years ago
    Not sure what you mean
  11. AzTom AzTom, 4 years ago
    It's probable Ash, but yes is was used on some. That wide open grain you have, giving it the 70's look, was not done back in the day. Most oak was quarter-sawn that gave it a tight grain and the tiger oak look.
    I would date this in the 20's to 30's from what can be seen in photos.

    Is there veneer on the inside of the door?
  12. MayBhere, 4 years ago
    Ok, here we go. Secondary wood is a low grade wood that you might apply veneer over or use as sides and/or bottoms for drawers, backs and such. The front of this is aye grade or better. You don't buy the most expensive wood and put a veneer over it. You need to post a drawer showing the joints and sides and how the bottom is attached.
  13. Merr, 4 years ago
    No there does not seem to be
  14. AzTom AzTom, 4 years ago
    MayBhere, When this was built flat cut lumber, in this case Ash, was not considered Grade A lumber. Trust me, it was at times veneered over.
    Oak was and still is less expensive than even maple and cherry, Ash even cheaper yet.

    The top back trim board is not original either although cut from quarter-sawn oak. This piece probably had a mirror there.
  15. MayBhere, 4 years ago
    Point well taken. Lumber grading in the USA began in 1922 and this was built well after that. Both hardwood and softwood were to be graded. It took a number of years for the system to take hold but this certainly was built from graded lumber. The additions/renovations are obvious.

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