Antique restoration

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Antique restoration

Post by hawkthrower » Wed Dec 21, 2016 1:01 am

recovering old furniture and restoring it to its glory! very very hard, time consuming and requiring a ton of research and study........

Joined cedar plank blanket chest - 1920's - 1930's?? Still haven't ID'd the maker - will have after restoration photos after the 25th! :)

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Re: Antique restoration

Post by Aeronut » Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:14 am

That will be a very beautiful piece when finished.

I love working with wood.
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Re: Antique restoration

Post by Winter Hawk » Sat Dec 24, 2016 2:38 pm

Aeronut wrote:That will be a very beautiful piece when finished.
Will be? Shucks, that's right pretty now! Need more pictures when it's done, now that you've whetted our appetite!

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Re: Antique restoration

Post by hawkthrower » Mon Dec 26, 2016 3:59 pm

Ok so it's now where it belongs! and she loves it!!!
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Re: Antique restoration

Post by Aeronut » Tue Dec 27, 2016 9:57 am

Beautiful piece of furniture.

Did you figure out the date or ID the maker yet?

Pretty nice view out the window too.
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Re: Antique restoration

Post by Winter Hawk » Tue Dec 27, 2016 5:03 pm

WOW! That's nice. :77: :77: :77:

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Re: Antique restoration

Post by hawkthrower » Wed Dec 28, 2016 5:24 pm

Thanks for the approval and support!!

Still working on the maker - the date is definitely early 1900's - the metal stamping and the hinges are likely pre-1920. The finish was several (Many) coats of shellac. it took a trash bag of rags and nearly a gallon of denatured alcohol to remove all the ancient gunk and reveal the real color of the wood again. Most makers switched to a varnish after about 1915-20... Because shellac got expensive and varnish was cheap and more water resistant.... Some of the other features are the wheel sockets - the steel is not plated at all = earlier...... also the joinery was hand done no machine cut notches or tenons...so I'm going with 1900-20 somewhere in there..... I have found several other chests with similar findings and scroll work and all have been turn of the 19th century.....soooo I'll keep looking and sooner or later I'll discover it's providence.
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Re: Antique restoration

Post by hawkthrower » Thu Dec 29, 2016 1:52 pm

I found another example of this chest with very similar design and copper plate fixed with copper head tacks, and identical scroll work - There is a reference to a furniture company named Acme which burned down in 1916 - maybe?
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