Antique dressers – Starting with identify style judging approximate date for a dresser. A general knowledge about furniture styles throughout history is important to estimate the time period when a dresser was made. A dresser is a certain style of most of its features represents what was popular over a period of time. Two, studying the color and texture of wood. A genuine antique dresser will have a patina. This is a natural mellowness obtained with age and use. The color will also vary on antique furniture. To avoid being scammed by forgers and forgeries, check the dresser is out-of-sight areas such as the back and side edges that would be placed against walls.
Look for signs of tool marks. Run your hand over the surface of the raw edges. The best place to check is at the back of the dresser. You may feel undulating patterns under the drawer bottom. Four, look for nails or dowels. They can help to determine the approximate age of an antique dressers. Old nails are soft, resistant to rust and bend easily. Their heads are square and sylkvasse at the tip. Plugs are usually found in primitive American furniture. Old plugs were never made exactly round or alike.
Check the antique dressers drawers. Dresser drawers from the early 18th century moved on runners that fit into a grove about halfway up the side of the trays. One or two nails in the back were used to hold a tray from rattling. Dovetailing may appear on the front of the drawers. On more elegant pieces, dovetailing is finer. The bottom of the drawers of an antique chest of drawers is suited to display split wood because shrinkage over time.