Can you identify this wood

jodetteApril 13, 2013

I wonder if anyone can identify the wood on this dresser. Also, any guess as to the era of this piece?

Thank you,

Here is a link that might be useful: My dresser

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Looks like it might be hickory.

No idea on the date of the piece. The casters look 50 or 60ish and the dovetails look machine cut(probably half blind).

    Bookmark   April 13, 2013 at 9:49PM
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Thank you handymac for your response. I appreciate it.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 8:34PM
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Not Hickory... Maple. 90% sure. The top right drawer has a curly maple front. The soft grain pattern and slight blotching (was it ever refinished?) is indicative of maple.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 12:36AM
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The overall style - with the Lyre-shaped mirror support - is late 19th and early 20th century mass produced dresser ... 1890s up to 1920s or so. They show up in the Sears catalogs.

If they were well built they are still useful and attractive.

Are the casters wood?

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 12:54PM
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Yes, the casters are wood.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 11:54PM
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I found a tag attached to the dresser:




    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 12:02AM
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The name change puts an earliest possible date as 1904/5 and a latest possible date as 1949 And it UPGRADES the quality considerably. They list the woods they use, and the details of construction - this was a catalogue sent to retailers. Note the wide variety of styles and finishes - and the high-end details like dustproofed drawers and hand-painted medallions.

Look through the bedroom section and see if you recognize the mirror holder's shape.

The customer's name ... FA Buttery CO shows up in a 1922 list of attendees to a NY furniture exhibition.

It looks a bit mission-y in the carcase section - straight lines and panels ... you might also find it in this catalog:

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 12:28PM
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I don't think they could brag about their wood-matching prowess even it it was built like a tank. Either it was originally veneered, or had a painted finish. You can't sell furniture with such a mishmash of grain and stay in business.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 1:43PM
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Casey - Quite a bit of their catalog has maple hand-grained to look like quarter-sawn oak.

This may have been one of them.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 7:58PM
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Thanks everyone for your replies. I searched through some old online catalogs suggested by lazygardens. I haven't found the exact dresser but I enjoy hunting.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 1:04AM
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