Collectibles-General (Antiques)/Antique Dresser


I have an antique dresser which has stamped on the back centered:

It has an oval mirror and on the back of the mirror it stays 902-211 Plated by Lenoir.

When I did a search online I found a number of references to the 902-211 linked with Martha.  I also found a number of lines which stated -Missing:  902-211.  There was one article which mentioned the bed that matches the dresser is missing as well.  When I purchased the dresser, the gentleman told me he was keeping the bed. Can you give some advise on whether you think the dresser is authentic, or who I should contact to find out if it was in fact Martha Washington's dresser?

It's a beautiful dresser, extremely well made.  Where we would normally attach a mirror with hardware; this dresser has an actual niche and the bottom of the mirror slides into and it keeps it steady.  I've never seen that before.  Anyway, your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you   

Hi Sherry
Nice to hear from a fellow Ontario girl.
Martha Washington is a style of furniture.
The real Martha as you know was the first, "First Lady" of the USA (born 1731-died 1808).
You can be assured your dresser was not Martha Washingtons.
But we always want to know as much about these lovely old pieces as possible.
We have several furniture experts (I am not one), on site who I know can tell you more if they had a picture.
Kind Regards

Collectibles-General (Antiques)

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Eileen Cronk


I can answer most questions about the repairing and refinishing of all your old furniture items (the things we call antiques). I can also give you advice on what wood items to choose and what wood items to avoid at auctions, flea markets etc. I DO NOT give appraisals on antiques as this is not my field of expertise.


I have been repairing, refinishing and of course buying old furniture for the past 30 years. On any given weekend I can be found at auction sales or flea markets searching out a good buy. I have taken several courses in this area over the years, but I find "Hands On" learning to be the best teacher. I can help you avoid the pitfalls and problems of this wonderful rewarding craft.

©2017 All rights reserved.