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Dressers339 of 748Serpentine dresser I think6 Drawer Chest of Drawers
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    Posted 4 years ago

    Juan99
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    I have this piece that I acquired but have no info or a way to tell where it was made. Beautiful piece. Dovetail design puts it at pre-1920

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    1. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      What about the dovetails put it as pre- 1920? Please post some photos.

      From your photos, I'd put this in the 2nd quarter, 20th century.

      scott
    2. Juan99, 4 years ago
      Ok. I just uploaded a pic of dovetails!
    3. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Looks like machine cut dovetails. Machine cut dovetails first appeared in the very late 19th century (1890s, I believe) and would give you a NO EARLIER dating.

      The style of your dresser is consistent with 2nd quarter, 20th century.

      scott
    4. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Did some checking and found some dovetail cutting machines as early as the 1860s.

      scott
    5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
      Scott, these are handmade & dovetail machines didn't come into common use until late in the 1st half of last century.
    6. Juan99, 4 years ago
      Yeah that's what I thought too about the machines that were used to make dovetail
    7. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Your joint shows a uniform size/ distance that is consistent with machine cut dovetails.

      Here is a pretty good page on dovetails. Your dovetails are machine cut just as the 1920s sideboard shown on the right of the page midway down:

      https://www.harpgallery.com/library/dovetails.htm

      scott
    8. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
      The obvious fact that they aren't evenly spaced is one of my points & the angle of the sides of the dovetails are inconsistent.
    9. Juan99, 4 years ago
      I do think these are hand made as well. That would put the piece pre-1900's
    10. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      I stand by these being machined. The dovetails have broken pieces that affects their appearance.

      scott
    11. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
      Juan wants it older & Scott wants it newer. I stick with my pre 1940 & did take into account the broken dovetails.
    12. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      I don't know about "wanting it newer"-- I said from the onset it is 2nd quarter, 20th century.

      I'd consider the poster's title accurate. Don't agree with the additional remarks of: "Dovetail design puts it at pre-1920" and "I do think these are hand made as well. That would put the piece pre-1900's".

      While we do disagree on the dovetails (being handcut or machined), the latest style or feature would give you a no earlier than dating. In this case the overall style would put it in the 2nd quarter, 20th century AT THE EARLIEST.

      scott
    13. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 4 years ago
      I missed this post due to a couple of strokes. I would certainly say not machine cut and by no means totally hand cut. This has seen some refitting. I might go late 30's but sooner think war years. More and clearer pictures would help.
    14. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
      Fhrjr2, "a couple of "strokes"!! Have you been holding out on us ?

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