Dating old curio cabinets

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A signature would provide you with the name of the craftsman who made your piece.

A label would provide you with the name of the manufacturer and possibly where the cabinet was made.

An experienced dealer will be able to look at the photograph and give you information about the age and the history of your cabinet.

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Machine made furniture produced largely after 1860 will have components that match more perfectly than those made by hand. It’s almost impossible to make the same exact furniture element over and over identically without the use of machinery.

When hand planes were used to smooth woods, they more often than not left some sort of uneven surface.

Smaller “matching” elements, such as wooden drawer knobs, chair spindles, or feet on a variety of objects, may have slight differences in the shape if they were hand crafted prior to 1860 or so.These pieces of information can help you to research the history of your cabinet.Take a photograph of your cabinet so you can show it to several antique dealers.Set your fine china and personal keepsakes on the five glass shelves, where they will be accentuated and illuminated by a mirrored back and can lighting.Crisp woodwork with a dark cherry finish offsets the shining glass, while tapered feet lift...

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