Robert, I have been asked to refinish a small drop leaf side table. When I started to disassemble it I realized that this is a true antique because it was made from solid wood and it had square head nails and dovetail joints on the back of the drawers and a chamfered drawer bottom and all the mortise cuts were hand chiseled. These indicators I learned from you. Thank you.
Can you tell me the approximate age of the piece and its current market value? Does this look like walnut to you? I do not understand the slits in the back of the drawer fronts (second photo). Also I am curious to understand how the nails could be hand made being square (perhaps hand made is an incorrect assumption) while the screws were surely machine made.
Answer the cuts on the inside are from a novice cutting the dovetails or doing it in a hurry.
it is walnut.
nails are hand cut not hand hammered. go to tremont nail co and take a look at the catalog.
a good piece. would cost about 400-600 at auction as shown. shellac would be nice on this, satin sheen rubbed. but satin lacquer works, no poly!
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Wow! I love working on the real thing like this. Thank you, thank you.
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.
Organizations Professional Refinishers Groop, Int.,
Antiques Dealers Association
Education/Credentials BA Florida State University
BA University of West Florida 1971