Can you identify this wood

jodetteApril 13, 2013

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

Thank you,
Jodi

Here is a link that might be useful: My dresser

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
HandyMac

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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jodette

Thank you handymac for your response. I appreciate it.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 8:34PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
BungalowPhil

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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
lazy_gardens

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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jodette

Yes, the casters are wood.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 11:54PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jodette

I found a tag attached to the dresser:

FROM
NORTHERN FURNITURE COMPANY
SHEBOYGAN WISCONSON

MINNEAPOLIS BEDDG CO
MINNEAPOLIS MINN

?787 FOR F A BUTTERY CO

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 12:02AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
lazy_gardens

http://en.wikicollecting.org/northern-furniture-company-formerly-mattoon-manufacturing-co

The name change puts an earliest possible date as 1904/5 and a latest possible date as 1949 And it UPGRADES the quality considerably.

http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/WI/WI-idx?id=WI.NorthFurn1927 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:

http://archive.org/details/missionfurniture00nort

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 12:28PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
sombreuil_mongrel

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.
Casey

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 1:43PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
lazy_gardens

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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jodette

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
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
southern yellow pine ceilings - how to tone down yellow
Hi, all. We are currently building: natural cherry...
hjs
Can this door be repaired?
We're renovating a 1920 house and this bedroom door...
weedyacres
Refinishing bedroom furniture
Hi everyone! Need advise please. We refinished a computer...
glittergirl_tx
Right size tip-out tray for kitchen sink cabinet
My kitchen sink cabinet is 24" wide. I want to...
africanboy
Varnish cracking and brittle on table with Inlay work
The varnish or poly is looking so bad I want to redo...
bossyvossy
Sponsored Products
Filament Design Posts Providence 3-Light Outdoor Bronze Incandescent Post Light
Home Depot
Rubie Dress Form
$389.99 | Dot & Bo
Personalized Monogram Acrylic Ornament
$17.99 | zulily
Riverton Bath Bar by Hudson Valley Lighting
$278.00 | Lumens
Royal Aero Large Colored Parachutes
Classic Hostess
Asian Column Solar Powered Outdoor Fountain
Lamps Plus
Cedar Add-On Cubby Kit - Basic Ventilated
Signature Hardware
George Kovacs Light Rain Collection 13 1/2" High Wall Sconce
Euro Style Lighting
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™