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    Posted 5 months ago

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    Curious if anyone knows about this serial number/table? I know your supposed to be able to read them backwards for date but this one doesn’t work ????

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    1. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 5 months ago
      I would read it 4/8/62.
    2. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 5 months ago
      PS: the additional numbers are for plant number and style number.
    3. dav2no1 dav2no1, 5 months ago
      Wouldn't this be 11/14/86 plant# 2?
    4. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 5 months ago
      Sorry, dav is right. Age is catching up with me rapidly. Time for me to shut the hell up.
    5. Gillian, 5 months ago
      "Lane Cedar Chest serial numbers indicate the month, day, year it was made. 045130 indicates it was manufactured on March 15, 1940."

      Lane has a number of web sites with serial number explanations. Google "Lane furniture serial number lookup".
    6. dav2no1 dav2no1, 5 months ago
      Now I'm confused..
    7. Newfld Newfld, 5 months ago
      Lol Dave & fhrjr2 I feel ya :) Following Gillian's advice, the Lane backwards date is 11/14/86, and the extra digit 2 is for the plant location where it was made. Hope this helps & BTW nice table!
    8. keramikos, 5 months ago
      Yeah, I thought I understood this, but I'm getting confused as well:


      You can read the serial number BACKWARDS to determine the production date.

      For example: serial number 753150 would have been produced on 05/13/57.

      Some chests may also have an extra digit which denotes the plant location.

      For example: serial number 2557121 would have been produced on 12/17/55 in plant #2.



      So, for instance, if it’s written 954121 then the table was made on 12/14/59. The serial number is important to determine the production date.

      If the serial numbers contain more digits than the date, then it shows the plant location of the table.

      If there are additional numbers next to the production date and plant location, then it shows the style number of the table.



      All Lane cedar chests have a serial number. It doubles as the manufacturing date the chest was made when you read the number from right to left or backward. This means a chest generally has a five- or six-digit number that tells the month, day and two-digit year it was built. A chest built on April 1, 1940, would read from left to right 04140. Chests manufactured on two-digit days and in two-digit months generally have at least six digits. If the serial number has seven digits, the first number in the series is the plant number.



      Lane's main operations and headquarters are located at Altavista. Southern brings the great percentage of all rail-borne raw materials to this plant and carries out better than half of all rail borne finished products.

      At Rocky Mount, Va., some 45 miles from Altavista, Lane operates a second plant. And a third is at Smyrna, Tenn., where a sawmill and panel plant produces 90 per cent of Lane's cedar panels from logs obtained within a 50-mile radius. Southern does not serve Smyrna but 100 per cent of the traffic from there arrives at Altavista over Southern after being received from other carriers at either Chattanooga. Tenn., or Atlanta, Ga.


      I wish people wouldn't use language like "first digit," but instead use Most Significant Digit/Least Significant Digit.

      So the "first digit," which is actually the left-most digit or the MSD is Plant #2 (Rocky Mount?), and the date of manufacture as November 14, 1986:

      SERIAL NO. 2684111
      STYLE NO 3002 08

      Too bad it doesn't have a design patent like this piece of Lane furniture: (serial number 469280, design patent number 185371):

      Then again, maybe not, because the design was patented in 1959, but it was popular enough that they were still making it in 1964:

      My head hurts now.

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