Fred, I am refinishing this dresser for a friend and would appreciate some feedback on its style (Eastlake?) and age. I see some signs of hand sawing as opposed to machine cuts which are always encouraging to me.
Also any input on type of wood and market value would help. How can I tell if the marble top is orginal or real marble?
P.S. My wife got me a copy of your Furniture Detective book for Christmas. I have devoured it and enjoyed it.
Answer Gary - The style is in fact Eastlake (the shallow spoon carving and parallel lines are the key) but it is a very late version of the style. The drawer joinery is machine made so date of manufacture is close to 1900. It was factory made, probably in Grand Rapids. The photo is not clear enough for me to identify the wood but Eastalke pieces are traditionally made of walnut. You can send clearer photos to me as .jpg files at email@example.com I will try to identify the wood. Please send the photos directly to me as .jpg files.
The marble could be original but more than half of all Eastlake dressers had chocolate marble, not white. Genuine marble will be extremely heavy. It is heavier than almost anything else used in furniture.
Similar dressers sell at auction in the $100 range.
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Fred, thank you for the helpful and quick feedback. I will send additional pictures directly to you as suggested.
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