Start Dating furniture handles

Dating furniture handles

When you want to refinish old wooden furniture, the best place to look is the family storeroom: Check the attic, basement, garage, or wherever unwanted furniture has collected.

It can be fun, even productive, to break out of our everyday routine and assume other roles. Driving 84, some people play the part of Rusty Wallace.

Faced with a situation that calls for a cool head we can turn ourselves into James Bond or Grace Kelly.

The use of high pressure rollers during the Federal period increased output even more.

No longer did decorative pulls have to be engraved or chased individually.

Other good sources are secondhand stores, household auctions, and garage sales.

With furniture, as with anything else, one person's junk is another another's treasure.

The backs of this type of hardware were often left with the impression of the sand while the faces were polished.

Around the middle of the 18th century the customary blend of copper and zinc was changed to include more copper, giving the alloy more of a reddish cast than the pale yellow brass used for hardware earlier in the century.

Antique stores are a good place to find furniture to refinish, but expect to pay for these pieces.

If you're interested in antiques, recent or old, research before you buy anything.

By Fred Taylor When you read the catalog for an auction that will be presenting some genuine antique furniture, it’s always interesting to read the descriptions. And it doesn’t have to be a 200-year-old antique chest for the hardware to make a difference. Since changing or altering hardware is one of the quickest and cheapest ways of improving the look of an otherwise-bland piece, the pulls are always suspect, especially if they look really good.