Dating furniture by dovetail

30-Apr-2020 23:44

In the world of furniture there have been major turning points based on technology and innovation that in retrospect seem to be intuitive and based on common sense, but it took a long time and hard work to reach the level of furniture manufacturing expertise we possess today.

Here are but a few of the major technological breakthroughs in furniture history even though they did not make the local papers or evening news and were often slow to take root.

I will use the terms: “fake” referring to a completely made phony; fraud: designates an antique that has been altered, misattributed, or otherwise discussed or misrepresented as what it is not.

The path to the genuine is passing by way of all the frauds. It is the object many buyers fear most but is in fact the one they need fear least.

It all began when John Lane purchased a Virginia manufacturing plant. Thankfully his son, 21 year old Ed Lane, took his dad’s encouragement seriously and began to design and build cedar chests.

Neither one was sure it would be a success, so their initial products were manufactured under the name “Standard Red Cedar Chest Company.” The brand became a hit and as they say, the rest is history!

Beloved by many a middle class family adorning their homes in the bustling post-war times, modern fans are seeing these pieces on the sets of shows like “Mad Men.” Beautifully designed with sturdy materials, a Lane piece can be the cherry on top of any collection.

Try to keep your treasured pieces out of the sun as much as possible.

However, a great back up plan is to apply wax to the wooden surfaces from time to time.

The char is then removed and bleached to remove every trace of carbon.

The chair is reassembled and presented with a thin coat of black paint.

Beloved by many a middle class family adorning their homes in the bustling post-war times, modern fans are seeing these pieces on the sets of shows like “Mad Men.” Beautifully designed with sturdy materials, a Lane piece can be the cherry on top of any collection.

Try to keep your treasured pieces out of the sun as much as possible.

However, a great back up plan is to apply wax to the wooden surfaces from time to time.

The char is then removed and bleached to remove every trace of carbon.

The chair is reassembled and presented with a thin coat of black paint.

We have learned to mark time by technological innovation. I remember our first cordless phone and my first TV set, which was black and white.