Dating furniture drawers
An antique chest of drawers can last a lifetime; these pieces of furniture if made by a highly skilled craftsman can endure the years, thus avoiding the need to purchase additional furniture in the future.
Antique furniture is extremely environmentally friendly as there is no need to use additional materials and production facilities.
Many people make the mistake of looking at one or two details while neglecting the rest, but judging antique furniture is a lot like judging a painting: look at the details, but also take in an overall perspective.
For starters, look closely at the hardware—pulls, knobs, hinges, screws, nails, whatever. Keep in mind that hardware goes in and out of style just like everything else, so a large majority of antique furniture has had its hardware replaced at least once.
It is also an idea to add padding to the outer of the item in order to avoid possible damage.
Nuts are more common for antiques, while screws are a newer convention.Jacobean chest of drawers featured very detailed carvings and tended to have a darker finish, where as those in the Queen Anne style are elegant and graceful and often feature cabriole legs.