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Posted 3 years ago

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Does anyone know the style, period & wood type of this chest of drawers? Belonged to my late Grandfather, born 1912.

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  1. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Very beautiful . Can you take photo's of drawer where front panel is joined to side of drawer and of back . It looks like a inlaid veneer design . Our experts in old furniture need to see joints it helps date it .
  2. Alan2310 Alan2310, 3 years ago
    Welcome to CW
    Manakin was right also you can upload till 4 pictures on a post.
    Some picture from the back also will be necessary for dating.
    You can also take a closeup from the handle, have look also underneath for some marking.
    My guess will be American 1920-30, bow dresser, did you see some hole on the back suspecting some mirror
    Nice maple instaid work.

  3. claretandblue, 3 years ago
    Many thanks for your replies. Added some more photos..........
  4. claretandblue, 3 years ago
    I don't think it is a dresser as there are no marks on the back.
  5. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 3 years ago
    One of the furniture experts on here may drop a comment on this thread, from the handles and overall style, I'd say Art Nouveau, agree with Alan. Very pretty, and well kept. :)
  6. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 3 years ago
    Grandpa's date of birth has no bearing on the item. Looking at the overall piece I would say it was made very late 1940's or in the 1950's. The drawers appear to be made of vertical grained fir, A/K/A redwood. Good selection of wood in my opinion. Not a hardwood but a hard softwood that stands up really well and will hold a finish well if applied properly. Termites and carpenter ants don't care for it. I am using it for my window and door trim as well as baseboards and have done a built in entertainment center using it. I don't paint wood because I appreciate the natural grain of the wood. Your drawer joints aren't the strongest but if you resist over loading them and use them properly they will stand up well.

    Your photo's don't come in close so I am not sure if this is inlay or an applied veneer. I suspect it is a veneer. I say that because the exterior drawer grain and finish (veneer) do not match the end grain.
  7. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 3 years ago
    Huh. Was fairly certain this was Art Nouveau era.
  8. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    fhr is the best expert on wood and dating . Nice solve !
  9. Alan2310 Alan2310, 3 years ago
    Well explanation fhrjr2, as usual, of coarse this as nothing to do with grand Pa birth date.
    He could have any piece of furniture prior his birth, it's free to any guess here.
    And my guess is different, of coarse again i can't prove any of my knowledge ( only on CW FOR 8 month), because I am being a picker only 17 years, that not prove I know everything's, but I am just not agree on 1940-50.
    Anyway, by picture, without seing the furniture, it's very hard to date.
    It's obvious the drawer as being repair in the past, this is not the kind of drawers for
    that kind of piece.
    This is my opinion

  10. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 3 years ago
    Well Alan you asked and I replied. Take it or leave it. Obviously you can't do better and you are seeking a fortune when you have a penny item.

    If you can't accept the answer, don't ask the question.
  11. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 3 years ago
    Being a picker for 17 years could mean you go to the dump every week. Get with it and give some good input. Justify why you don't agree. I am certainly listening.
  12. Alan2310 Alan2310, 3 years ago
    Again you are on defensive, well that's fine.
    I don't know who couldn't take any other opinion.
  13. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 3 years ago
    Alan, you have such beautiful things on your page, I wish I had your eye for fine art. I think you had a portrait of an Indian I admired, do you still have it? I am going to take a look and see if it's still there. :)

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