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    Posted 3 years ago

    R123
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    Hi - my mom has a dresser that has this signature under the top that you can only see once you take the drawers out- hence the not great photo. Our best guess is that it says “Joseph Seaf Maker”. I think she bought it at an antique store or estate sale in the late 70s or early 80s in South Carolina and we have been trying to solve the mystery of who the maker is, where it came from, etc. Anyone have something signed by this maker or know anything that might help us crack the case? Thanks in advance for any clues!

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    1. yougottahavestuff yougottahavestuff, 3 years ago
      welcome to CW!!! Pictures of it would help!!
      Good Luck
      Stuff
    2. R123, 3 years ago
      Thanks- I was in luck and my mom already had pics and sent them over!
    3. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      I can't provide any information on the maker.

      Your chest is American Empire and dates from about the 1830s- 50s time period.

      The chest looks to be in great shape-- these are not in vogue at this time, but give it time and they will come back in style.

      scott
    4. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 3 years ago
      Wow! I learned something new: information may be on the underneath side of the top! I’ve never looked there.
    5. kwqd kwqd, 3 years ago
      Looks like "Joseph Leaf Maker". Might be Seaf, not Leaf....
    6. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      American Empire revival possibly early 20th century - the feet do not look Empire at all really,..
    7. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Not 20th century.

      Last photo clearly shows a 19th century dovetail joint.

      scott
    8. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 3 years ago
      Good call Scottvez It also has the top and bottom locking dovetails not seen today.
    9. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      Late 19th cent at best. The locks are English also. Not a classic Empire piece with later pull handles.
    10. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      NOPE!

      What makes the locks English when all that is visible are the lock holes?

      While the door pulls may be replaced, American Empire is often found with glass knobs. A close up of the knob and the back of the drawer showing attachment may shed more light on them.

      scott

    11. R123, 3 years ago
      Hi- I just got back from a trip, apologies for the delay! I have a picture of the top/back of the lock that I added... will try to get a better picture of the knob from my mom.

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