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QUESTION: Dear Mr. Klein,
I have a chest that I just purchased at auction and I would like to know when and where it was built.  The auctioneer has the following as the description:

"Federal four drawer chest having cherry top over four mahogany front drawers with line inlays all set on flared French feet, ht. 39in.; wd. 39in. "

I've attached a picture of the brass pull to help identify the origin.

 Any and all info would be appreciated!  Thank you.  Susan

ANSWER: you will have to provide seveal clear and in focus photos to my email as attachements to one email for me to help.

in order to determine age i must see areas that are unseen in the photos you have here.

are you willing?  if so we can get it going all total there will be a minimum of 50-20 photos and i may need some additional ones as we go along.

cell phone wont do, they will have to be very clear to show the detail i will need.

let me know

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QUESTION: We are willing.   Please list the picture angles you would like us to do.  Have you seen the brass pulls in the past?   Thank you for your time!  Susan

i have seen these pulls in catalogs


inside underneath of front and rear legs
outside on the side of one drawer where the side meets the front
same shot of the side where it meets the back of the drawer
shot of the drawer, upside down, taken from the rear showing the bottom and back at the same time
shot of the hole the drawer came out of
close up of the stringing

that will do for a start

attachments to one email and include the post

please review the photos before sending to make sure they are clear and in focus

is the cock beading applied or intergral to the drawer front


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In regards to American antique, vintage and collectible furniture I can help with wood identification, styles, age, periods, historical coatings, materials, techniques, repair, restoration, refinishing, and value. I do not study mid century and later furniture nor do I deal in lamps, and other smalls. You may ask for values and I will give you current market values, I will not give you 'feel good' values. Understand that there are many factors that contribute to market value. If you want a feel good, unrealistic number, please call a local inexperienced appraiser. It is my desire to help you and in doing so I increase my knowledge as well. For that I thank you.


I have been in the antiques furniture and restoration business and in the sales of antique furniture for 40+ years and have continued my education in the trade attending workshops and seminars by various organizations, institutions, and private collectors.

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