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Dressers113 of 523Serpentine dresser I think6 Drawer Chest of Drawers
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Posted 1 year 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, 1 year 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, 1 year ago
    Ok. I just uploaded a pic of dovetails!
  3. scottvez scottvez, 1 year 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, 1 year ago
    Did some checking and found some dovetail cutting machines as early as the 1860s.

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

    scott
  11. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year 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, 1 year 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, 9 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, 9 months ago
    Fhrjr2, "a couple of "strokes"!! Have you been holding out on us ?

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