Because this construction is visible on the surface (unlike mortise-and-tenon and dowel joints, for example), it’s usually easy and quick to determine the rough age of furniture, and its authenticity as a true antique, using drawers.
Simply pull a drawer out a few inches, glance at the joinery on the side and feel the drawer bottom underneath – essentially a single motion.
Both might be appropriate and attractive, both will work fine but one signals "Country" and the other "Formal".
If you do not like what you have chosen you can always change it later.
Most pieces of antique furniture that have survived for us to enjoy today have had their handles replaced at one time or another.
The tell tail marks of filled holes and outlines of previous backplates tell an interesting story of the changes in fashion over the last two centuries.
Today the discussion is just on determining the originality of hardware.
This type of hardware is easy to recognize because it often has “inclusions” from the sand itself in the brass, either grains of sand or odd colors from impurities.
He doesn’t even see what’s inside the drawer.” And that was true.Examining these elements individually, as well as furniture pieces in their entirety, will help you learn to correctly date them.Looking at the bottom or back of a piece, or inside its doors and drawers, can provide important clues about whether or not a piece of old furniture was machine cut or crafted by hand.In an effort to make the choosing easier all photos in our catalog are scaled 100% so at least you won't have to imagine size as well as style.If you are working to a specific period then your choices should probably be limited to designs of that time.