Question: Is it possible to date a piece of furniture?

How do you date an old chest of drawers?

If the handles are original it will give a very good indication of the age of the chest. A pear drop handle will suggest the chest will be William and Mary or Queen Anne period whereas a swan neck handle would be found on pieces that post date 1750. Drawer mouldings will also give an indication of the age of the chest.

What is most mid century furniture made of?

The wood most synonymous with mid-century modern furniture is teak. Rich, dark, durable and recognised as a sign of quality, teak paired well with the bold colours associated with the era and was often used for tables, desks and storage. Oak was another commonly used wood and, like teak, is strong and durable.

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