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02-15-2015 03:04 PM

Need some help getting info on antique furniture that my brute in law inherited from his grandparents. He believes the pieces were bought in the 1938 and they were made by that era’s equivalent of Ikea. My, how affordable furniture has degraded through the years! Mainly looking for species ID, but any more info would be icing. Thanks!


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#1 posted 02-15-2015 03:05 PM

Ps, it doesn’t seem that any of it is veneer.

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#2 posted 02-15-2015 03:24 PM

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#3 posted 02-15-2015 03:34 PM

It might take some time but this could help.

http://www.buffaloah.com/f/glos/index.html

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 02-15-2015 07:31 PM

That’s “Depression Era” furniture, which was “ecletic” (or hodge-podge, depending on your view) in style.

On the front it is veneered, or even more likely using one of the faux surfaces of the day. What they call “Borax furniture” had a printed surface, and there were other fake veneers

Ironically, Depression Era furniture is pretty darn well made overall, all things considered. It’s most often made of sweetgum. There are all kinds of wacko things like Jacobean legs on chippendale…ish cases and what not, and this used to be scorned, but nowadays people recognize the colorful character. Also the stuff tends to invoke memories- hey my grandparents had a wardrobe like that, and the historical significance of the Great Depression.

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#5 posted 02-15-2015 07:37 PM

Depression era bedroom set. Tall dresser, chiffarobe…. some shots of the drawer construction and back of the carcasses would help date it and there is probably a manufacturers label somewhere on it. Did he get the bed as well?

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#6 posted 02-15-2015 08:36 PM

Good call on bedroom set dhazelton. And I bet you’re right, it’s a chiffarobe, not a wardrobe

One great thing about Depression furniture is that it’s all genuine. Unlike “antiques”, which are often fakes, or even if they are old enough to be genuine antiques, started out as reproductions or fakes. No one bothers to fake Depression furniture. It might not even be feasible to do so, considering that there were specific processes involved- how would you make “veneerite” today?

Some of the more distinctly Deco/Moderne stuff from the era is really nice, even if it wasn’t the expensive stuff.

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#7 posted 02-15-2015 10:25 PM

Thanks, guys! These pieces are in remarkable shape and will definitely be around for another couple generations, unlike the particle board crap of today. They really don’t make ‘em like that anymore!

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