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Buffet - Front View
Buffet - Front View  

Buffet - Dovetails
Buffet - Dovetails  
Fred, I was fortunate to buy the buffet shown below at auction recently. I am a hobbyist refinisher and this piece will be beautiful.

I would appreciate your feedback on style (the hardware is stunning) and age ... the drawer round dovetails tell me this is perhaps a genuine 100+ year old antique.

Thank you.

Gary

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Gary - Your buffet is actually called a "server." It was used in the dining room as a backup buffet for extra storage and surface area. The style is simply called "Golden Oak" for the period of American furniture called Golden Oak, circa 1880-1920.. The hardware is not original. It is a modern catalog replacement from a vendor like VanDyke's, Horton Brass or WSI.

The round dovetail joint, sometimes called a “scallop and peg” or “scallop and dowel” is actually a Knapp joint, first patented by Charles Knapp in 1867. It is the first fully machine made drawer joint to be put into factory production. It went into a Massachusetts factory in 1871 and was used until around 1905 by many manufacturers. I presume these are the rear joints of the drawer. Are the front joints the same?

The server was made 1890-1900.

Thanks for writing. Nice piece.

Fred Taylor  

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I will attempt to answer questions about American antique furniture, including construction details, style, period, manufacturers, care, repair and storage. I do not have any background in appliances, musical instruments, sewing machines, trunks, lighting, clocks or children's and baby furniture and will not respond to questions about those items.

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I ran an antique furniture restoration business for twenty years. I am a nationally syndicated columnist on the subject of antique furniture for such publications as Antique Week and New England Antiques Journal. I have produced one video on the subject of furniture identification and my book "HOW TO BE A FURNITURE DETECTIVE" is now available.I have also published articles in Antique Trader, Chicago Art Deco Society, Northeast Magazine, Victorian Decorating and Lifestyles, Professional Refinishing, Antiques and Art Around Florida and Antique Shoppe. You can visit my website at www.furnituredetective.com

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BSBA Finance, University of Florida, MBA Finance, University of Florida

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