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    Posted 8 years ago

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    Just bought this dresser at an antique mall. It has wooden casters attached by metal. The casters are not perfectly round, but that would be expected if it has been moved much no matter the age. It appears to be machine made and put together by hand. It has been refinished. Not sure when or how long ago. Also unsure of type of wood. The only identifying mark is on the back no 116. The dovetails are not even, but may have been machine made?? There are wooden pegs guiding the drawers but no drawer tracks. It appears it had a mirror at one time that is now gone.
    Any thoughts as to how old? I assume it is American made. It is really a great piece, does have some damage, but nothing too major. Also what type of polish is safe to use on it to keep it nice (assuming it is old and not a very well done fake).
    thanks for your help. I have more pics I can post. I have pics of the casters to if that is helpful.

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    1. AmberRose AmberRose, 8 years ago
      Here is my speculation...20s/30s, wave front, birch??? I've seen these before and they are quite charming. I certainly could be way off base so keep researching!
    2. trgrubaugh trgrubaugh, 8 years ago
      Thanks. I think it may be birch. I think maybe 1910-1930 but no idea. It is great. I wish it had the mirror top.
    3. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      I think your thoughts on the era are on track.

    4. Thoscahaba Thoscahaba, 8 years ago
      You have a pretty piece. Is the top the same wood? What about the side panels?I've owned pieces like this. Early 1900's factory made.Most were mahogany . It did have a mirror ,I believe. Your piece might be re veneered since it appears to be so well kept.
    5. trgrubaugh trgrubaugh, 8 years ago
      thanks for the love moonstone
    6. trgrubaugh trgrubaugh, 8 years ago
      I believe it is the same wood on top and the side panels. I believe it has been reveneered/refinished. Some of it appears hand assembled and some seems to be machine cut. It is a great piece, it had only been in the shop a day when we got it.
    7. kerry10456 kerry10456, 8 years ago
      As a "Horder" I have the sister piece to this one. It was my first dresser, as my Mother bought it at the Salvation Army Store back in the 50's and has been mine since. my isn't as nice as yours, but has give me many years of service. 1920's-30's would be correct/ Thanks for sharing yours, very nice.
    8. trgrubaugh trgrubaugh, 8 years ago
      Thanks Kerry
    9. trgrubaugh trgrubaugh, 8 years ago
      kerry does yours have a mirror on top? We are hoarders too :)
    10. walksoftly walksoftly, 8 years ago
      You have a very nice dresser, looks to be an original from the era other's have mentioned.
      In my opinion the wood is oak, the wave front cut gives it a different appearance.
      I'm basing this mostly on the close up in picture 4, the open grain is typical of oak.
      The side panels may vary well be veneered.
      Here is a good link for reference;
    11. trgrubaugh trgrubaugh, 8 years ago
      ok thanks walksoftly. did they use wooden casters in the 30's?
    12. walksoftly walksoftly, 8 years ago
      Dating the piece by it's castors would be a guess at best, the type used would be based more on economics rather than time period. If it was a very old piece that would be a different story. Also there is no way of knowing if they are original.
      Based on it's construction I would place it in the time period mentioned above.
    13. trgrubaugh trgrubaugh, 8 years ago
      Thanks for the info. That makes sense. It has beento very well taken care care of. It's for our daughter I think she will enjoy it.
    14. trgrubaugh trgrubaugh, 8 years ago
      Thanks officialfuel
    15. walksoftly walksoftly, 8 years ago
      You're very welcome trgrubaugh, I hope your daughter enjoys it & treasures it!
    16. trgrubaugh trgrubaugh, 8 years ago
      Thanks walksoftly
    17. trgrubaugh trgrubaugh, 8 years ago
      Thanks sean
    18. trgrubaugh trgrubaugh, 8 years ago
      Thanks philip
    19. Manikin Manikin, 8 years ago
      I have one like it and it is made of oak no veneer . It may have had wheels but as I remember I took them off :-) Very nice . I will closer at mine and see if the makers name is on it anyplace ,since it has not been refinished . Thanks for sharing your's . I go with 1920 too :-) The curved drawers and the angle they cut wood is correct as walksoft said about oak .
    20. trgrubaugh trgrubaugh, 8 years ago
      Thanks manikin. I may remove the casters too not sure
    21. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 8 years ago
      This very well may be oak but I see it as ash. Oak and ash are commonly confused because of the similarities in the grain, texture and specific gravity of the wood. I am going to burst a bubble and say it is WWII vintage. Made during the war years when metal and some species of wood were scarce because of the war effort. Wood casters were more common then. Either way I love it and owned two identical to it except mine were maple and made in 1943.
    22. kerry10456 kerry10456, 8 years ago
      yes I have the mirror, but the silver is coming off the back, so it's not on now.
    23. trgrubaugh trgrubaugh, 8 years ago
      Thanks fhrjr2. I think the key is that number stamped on the back to identifying it. Some of it does appear hand put together, the wood seems machine cut. I know its not art deco. I wish it had a company name stamped somewhere on it but I have not found one
    24. trgrubaugh trgrubaugh, 8 years ago
      She loves the dresser by the way.
    25. trgrubaugh trgrubaugh, 8 years ago
      thanks aimathena
    26. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 8 years ago
      I thought I still had photos of mine but can't seem to locate them. As I recall they were produced out around Chicago but can't be positive. Looking more closely at the dovetails in your pic I tend to think this is probably older than the ones I owned. If you notice the way the top and bottom dovetails curve to lock the side panel, that is what I am looking at. I believe they stopped using that design in this country in the early 1940's and went to a straight uniform machine cut dovetail. Machine cut was much quicker in terms of production. The curve like you show was a much better joint in terms of not falling apart.
    27. trgrubaugh trgrubaugh, 8 years ago
      Thanks. It is very solid. Seems to have been well cared for. I wish it still had the mirror
    28. TlovesS TlovesS, 8 years ago
      Hey there!! Check out my items. I have the same dresser. I think someone told me it was from Sears!!! I love it so much. It seems handmade to me because of the gorgeous curves and I was told that the wood was a striped walnut I believe. It is in my parent's home now in my bedroom there.
    29. trgrubaugh trgrubaugh, 8 years ago
      thats great, Its interesting it may be from sears. It is very sturdy. We have loved it.
    30. TlovesS TlovesS, 8 years ago
      I love it too, a poster on the site said mine has been restored becuase the pulls are not of the era, so I believe yours are the originals! Enjoy, I love it! I had to do a little work to the back, easy fix with wood glue and clamps, but mine is dovetailed. x
    31. trgrubaugh trgrubaugh, 8 years ago
      thanks vanskyock24
    32. trgrubaugh trgrubaugh, 8 years ago
      thanks tom61375
    33. chand1414 chand1414, 7 years ago
      I have similar dovetails on my dresser. Thought somebody might have and idea on mine.
    34. trgrubaugh trgrubaugh, 7 years ago
      Thanks agh
    35. trgrubaugh trgrubaugh, 5 years ago
      thanks sean
    36. trgrubaugh trgrubaugh, 5 years ago
      thanks nevada
    37. Beckyg, 1 year ago
      I know this post is 7 uesra old but I just acquired this exact dresser with the mirror in January from my in-laws. I dont know if you've had much luck dating the dresser but mine does have the manufacturer sticker on the back. It was made by Banderob-Chase Co in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. I dont have a date but I thought this would help if you are still looking for information.
    38. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 1 year ago
      Beckyg Never shy away from sharing information. This site is all about sharing information and learning.
    39. trgrubaugh trgrubaugh, 1 year ago
      Thank you for the info. Mine doesn't have the sticker. Wish it did and that i could find the mirror but that will be almost impossible
    40. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 1 year ago
      trgrubaugh Never say impossible. If you have a picture of what was original someone, somewhere has one. I have old mirrors off dressers stuffed in closets and behind doors. I used to buy them at yard sales for a few bucks and wait until an antique dealer needed what I had and sell. Old age and poor health caught up with me so I am an arm chair collector now.
    41. Beckyg, 1 year ago
      I do have a picture of the mirror I just dont know how to post it. Not very tech savvy.
    42. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 1 year ago
      Just click on your own picture or name and go into your profile. Then click to make a new post and you will see where to post pic's. Or up top where it says "sign out" click the arrow then profile. Easy once you have done it.
    43. Beckyg, 1 year ago
      This might work. My daughter helped me with this.
    44. KMorrow36 KMorrow36, 12 months ago
      I think I have the same/similar dresser! Mine is missing my mirror, has the wrong handles and a cute wood detail at the bottom lip.
    45. Hotsause, Yesterday
      I have that same dresser with the mirror. In the process refinishing! Has anyone figured out what the wood is?
    46. trgrubaugh trgrubaugh, Yesterday
      consensus seems to be oak

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