I went over to the crosstown auction house this afternoon for a preview of their Friday night auction. Again, nothing great but some interesting things. And a few lessons to be learned.

First thing is in determining the age of an armoire or press. Look at the wood, consider the veneering and embellishments, see if the style matches the materials.

An ageless armoire.

An ageless armoire.

Finally, look at the back and see if the cutout is for a flat screen or the old style picture tube TV.

This cutout is for an older, conventional TV.  This armoire has some age.

This cutout is for an older, conventional TV. This armoire has some age.

Next is this dresser with some differently sized drawers.

A dresser or chest of drawers.

A dresser or chest of drawers.

Center drawer is smaller and flat fronted.

Different sized drawers.

Different sized drawers.

And looking at the drawer dovetails, you can see that the drawers were made by different craftspersons.

Nice tight, thin pins.

Nice tight, thin pins.

And loose, sloppy pins.

And loose, sloppy pins.

And today’s lessons ends with this server. I thought it might be old, but alas, it’s not.

A nice, not too old server.

A nice, not too old server.

Once again, the drawer tells much. They are not dovetailed. In fact, the are made using a joint with which I was previously unfamiliar.

An odd, routed joint. I wonder if Whiteside still makes this bit?

An odd, routed joint. I wonder if Whiteside still makes this bit?

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