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QUESTION: I just bought this rocking chair at a household sale today for $25.  I've tried, with no luck, to find out how old it might be.  It wasn't black originally; I can see where chips have come off and it looks like the first coat over the wood (and under the black) was a pale green.  Also the eagle and decorations are decals.  However, it has no nails or screws.  Looks to me like someone painted a very old chair.  What are your thoughts?

ANSWER: i need to see a picture of underneath the seat.  need to see in in a good and clear well lit photo.  what i am looking for is any undulations to determine how it was made so the photo cannot be aken straight on or perpendicular to the seat bottom.  take it at about a 45 degree angle from front to rear and side to side.

will probably have to see other photos too but will discuss that later.

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QUESTION: Thanks Robert!
    I took several pictures this morning. I took some in the shade and some in direct sunlight, but I'm choosing two that I think are best for what you're looking for, and are (I hope) are what you asked me for.  I think you're looking for undulations and waves in the wood; perfectly smooth wood, I assume, would indicate use of machines or mass production?  I really tried moving around in the light to capture the texture, but it still looks rather smooth to me in the photos.  When I run my fingers across the surface of the underside, I can feel bumps and ridges; parts of the grain are a little higher than others.  Like, the "stripe" parts of the grain that signify the tree's rings are a little more pronounced.  I don't know anything about this kind of stuff, so I may be speaking nonsense.  

I have a couple dozen photos uploaded to a folder in Google Drive that I can share with you if you want.

    Thanks for providing this service, it's a wonderful thing you're doing.

cant see what i need in the photos.  send me what you have as attachments to an email including the whole post.


what i need to see are either hand planing marks in the wood or a thickness planer marks or anything else that shows tooling marks.

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Regarding American antique, vintage, and collectible furniture I can help with wood identification, styles, age, periods, historical coatings, materials, techniques, repair, restoration, refinishing. Please read instructions for posting.


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