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Forum topic by Echofive posted 01-15-2014 03:38 PM 823 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-15-2014 03:38 PM

I’m hoping someone can provide information beyond what I know about a friend’s antique chest. She has asked me to repair a leg and repair the finish, but I also don’t want to harm a valuable antique, if it is in fact a valuable antique. I don’t know the maker, but I feel sure it’s early 1900’s. I like to nail down an era (art nouveau, etc), and any finishing tips they used for this era. Thanks in advance. I welcome any and all feedback or about antiques in general.

-- Chip, Virginia

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#1 posted 01-16-2014 01:21 AM

I think you might get more looks in another forum area. Maybe woodworking skill share. Also pictures with more light would probably help. Or turn off the light in the room in the background which might help the camera set the exposure properly.

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#2 posted 01-16-2014 01:33 AM

Some more, and better, pictures would be really helpful.

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#3 posted 01-16-2014 02:21 AM

From what it looks in the picture I’d say it’s Queen Anne style. Unless it’s much older than believed (early 1700’s) it’s a reproduction. Even as a reproduction it would be around a century old. Have it checked by a reputable appraiser to be sure exactly what you have. Most likely it’s a repro and only worth $300 to $400. If it’s the real deal, you don’t want to touch it.

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#4 posted 01-16-2014 11:02 AM

A lot of time you can date a piece by the nails and/or screws used. Check them out, do some research. Ever wonder why nails are sized in a penny?

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#5 posted 01-16-2014 12:16 PM

THanks for the replies, y’all. I know the picture isn’t Nat Geo worthy but you gave me the information I was looking for, and the tips I need to do some more research. This picture is one she sent me, and I know the quality and perspective are not top notch. I’ll continue reading. Thanks again.

-- Chip, Virginia

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#6 posted 01-16-2014 12:56 PM

+1 Lunn. Do some research. Are the legs ball and claw or pad. Take out the drawer and check. If they are plywood it is not old. Cut nails or wire nails. The brasses suggest 1700-1800’s. Might be Queen Anne or 1700-1850 time period (Chippendale?). Definitely not Art Nouveau. What type of repair on the leg?. Refinishing usually lowers the value.

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