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Dressers102 of 513Serpentine dresser I think6 Drawer Chest of Drawers
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Posted 11 months ago

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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, 11 months 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, 11 months ago
    Ok. I just uploaded a pic of dovetails!
  3. scottvez scottvez, 11 months 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, 11 months ago
    Did some checking and found some dovetail cutting machines as early as the 1860s.

    scott
  5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 11 months ago
    Scott, these are handmade & dovetail machines didn't come into common use until late in the 1st half of last century.
  6. Juan99, 11 months ago
    Yeah that's what I thought too about the machines that were used to make dovetail
  7. scottvez scottvez, 11 months 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, 11 months 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, 11 months ago
    I do think these are hand made as well. That would put the piece pre-1900's
  10. scottvez scottvez, 11 months ago
    I stand by these being machined. The dovetails have broken pieces that affects their appearance.

    scott
  11. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 11 months 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, 11 months 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, 7 months 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, 7 months ago
    Fhrjr2, "a couple of "strokes"!! Have you been holding out on us ?

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