Dating furniture by hardware
Bracket and Bun feet are also a useful indicator of a period, when found on Chests of various designs.All types of handle designs were used to decorate further, pieces of furniture such as drawers, doors etc.Victorian reproductions were either rather clumsy or with over done ornate carving with thin cabriole legs ending in heavy ball and claw feet.Generally not so refined as the classical 18th C originals.Second, many clues aid only in establishing that the furniture isn’t older than a certain date.Any technique or machine that was once used could still be used, and often is used, for example, by many readers of this magazine who build reproduction furniture.
In addition, the wood used for the drawer sides and bottoms helps determine whether the furniture is American or European.
He doesn’t even see what’s inside the drawer.” And that was true.
I just wanted to date the piece by how the drawer was made.
Another way of dating furniture is by looking at the design of the legs and feet of tables, chairs etc.
from the "cup and cover" of the Elizabethan furniture, most notable on the four poster and tester beds of the period, to the sweeping shape of the sabre legs from the Regency period.Usually in brass attached with bolts and circular nuts (fitted with a special tool) until about 1770; after that they became square.