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Posted 7 years ago


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what is this? marble topped 3 peices. no identifing marks, original finish hardware and mirror, been in family over 100 yearxs

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  1. Vestaswind Vestaswind, 7 years ago
    It's very odd there are no leggs on it. Were they removed?
  2. kerry10456 kerry10456, 7 years ago
    I,m no expert, but my parents had one of these, They always called it a commoad, said that the water pitcher and bowl would sit on it, to refresh yourself, Again I don't know but thats what I remeber from earlier years, I sure one of the CW experts will give you a full discription. Beautiful piece, thanks for bringing back memories and sharing
  3. Pop_abides Pop_abides, 7 years ago
    I was thinking that too vestas, if not legs then at least maybe three inch feet......can you get us a pic of the bottom and the back? it would help a lot if we had these to identify the piece, also a pic of the side of a drawer showing the joints used wuold be delicious..........It looks American and maybe Walnut veneer (Good Veneer)...but the questions still loom....
  4. Vestaswind Vestaswind, 7 years ago
    It's weird Pop but I did find some of these with almost non-existant leggs. I have one with leggs so it threw me.
  5. Vestaswind Vestaswind, 7 years ago
    And why do I keep spelling legs=leggs. Anyone have coffee?
  6. YardSaleDave, 7 years ago
    Vesta, my wife spells legs the same way, think it has something to with hosiery or pantyhose or something like that. Anyway, a Victorian vanity would never sit flush with the floor, it most likely had round walnut pads on each corner.
  7. Vestaswind Vestaswind, 7 years ago
    That is what I'm thinking. I've never seen any flat on the floor before. Nice piece though.
  8. robertjr robertjr, 7 years ago
    thank you for commenting, it doesnt realy sit flat on the floor, from the front veiw it appears to sit flat but if you look at it from the side you can see it sits up about gtwo inches, i do thin k tho it had at one time some sort of smal short leg s or feet, a decoraction of some thypde used to be on top of the mirror, the picturde doesnt do it justice it doesnt show the details , i estimate its value at one billion doollars lol
  9. bryan, 7 years ago
    I just bought exactly this piece. there is a "secret" drawer at the very bottom with an overhanging front that extends nearly to the floor, giving the appearance that it sits flat on the floor. I paid $275 at auction.
  10. mark mark, 7 years ago
    This is a neat dresser. Victorian 1880's --90's. Solid walnut with burl veneer on drawer fronts and around the mirror. No modifications have been made on the piece.. Very nice family piece so enjoy it.
  11. robertjr robertjr, 7 years ago
    its small compared to other same type dressers ive seen, i remember my gradma calling it a "comoade"?
  12. mark mark, 7 years ago
    the actual name for this shape is "Dressing case" It is a dresser. I get this info from my book called American Furniture, Volume 1. Commodes do not have mirrors. Dressers came in all shapes and sizes, there was not a standard size.
  13. mark mark, 7 years ago
    One correction ,I should have said very "few" commodes ever came with mirrors. The few that did were highly stylized and were made from top grade walnut, mahogany or rosewood.
  14. Dilynn1961, 5 years ago
    I have a dresser very similar to this but it just has the marble in the center piece and has wooden wheels. I have been trying to find out more about it but run into dead ends. It does have a shipping stamp on the back of it but is so faded that I cant read it. Can anybody tell me more?
  15. Mixalis Mixalis, 1 year ago
    Greetings Robert ! A little too late,but, here's some info about your "drop front dresser". This is one of at least three pieces of a bedroom suite. There would have been a matching Bed, your drop front dresser and a commode. The commode would have held a washing bowl, pitcher and other various porcelain items for bathing. These were before running water. The center marble on your dresser could have been to hold a candelabra or kerosene light. Yes, there would have been four feet at the bottom of the dresser. The reason these are missing is because of the difference in height in Victorian ceilings and modern ones. My drop front is 10' in height and had a special room built to house the suite. Normal rooms nowadays are about 8'. Also, yes, the very bottom panel should disclose a hidden drawer used to secure private or important items. Thanks for sharing !!
  16. mareredware mareredware, 1 year ago
    I have one. It was my grandma's, then mom's and now mine. She always called it the marble top. Never had a pitcher and bowl with it as I recall. Nice to read the info you folks have researched. thanks!
  17. Mixalis Mixalis, 1 year ago
    I made a mistake yesterday when I posted these had feet that are missing. I looked at mine last night and saw there are not feet, but, rollers. If you were to look at the bottom of the drop front you should see four 1/4" approximate size holes where the heavy wood rollers would insert.

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