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Does anyone know how to research antique furniture?(3 posts)

Does anyone know how to research antique furniture?Kristin
Sep 26, 2002 11:10 AM
I'm so stuck. I have a chest of drawers from my great grandmother that, until today, could have been built between the late 1800's and 1950. But I found a similar piece that was manufactured by a Harris of Pendleton in Oregon in the 1930's. This sounds about right. Only the business was sold in 1991. Anyone ever go thru this before and have some good research links?

The finish on the chest is in terrible condition. I would like to have it restored, but not until I have a better idea of whether or not restoring it will reduce the value.
go on television?DougSloan
Sep 27, 2002 5:32 AM
Antiques Roadshow? http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/roadshow/

Might start there. Good luck. I would have a clue, otherwise.

If you were talking about silver water pitchers from the 1800's, I could help. My parents have a collection of several hundred.

Doug
Lots of books on this topic at bookstore/library. Browse them128
Sep 27, 2002 5:54 AM
and look for pictures like your piece. You'll start to know what you have and what condition it's in. Hrdware (nails, pulls, feet slides) and milling marks (power tools, hand marks, joinery) are the first/obvious way to determine approximate age. Sounds like a fun project!