Hand-cut dovetails can date an older American piece to before 1890, although hobbyists and specialty makers still use them.“There’s no hard and fast rule, but hand dovetailing was really no longer done in factories after that date,” Masaschi says.“But by the time you hit the turn of the 20th century, makers were using paper labels (shown below), which then progressed into brass plaques tacked onto the insides of drawers or on the back of a piece.
This construction detail is your first key to the piece’s age and quality of craftsmanship.
Dovetail joints are strong and require skill to produce, so they’re generally a sign of a well-made piece.
Look at the backside of your piece, including the insides and backs of drawers if applicable.
Solid wood backing indicates a piece is likely pre-1880s; plywood came into vogue around the turn of the 20th century.
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With EC Comics losing money, the books soon stopped being published.“If it’s been in the family a while, it’s worth finding out before you do some damage.” To muddy the waters a bit, there are some more recent pieces by prominent makers—for example, from the Art Deco and Arts and Crafts periods (shown in the photo below) — that command high prices and shouldn’t be touched.If you suspect there’s something unusual or distinctively well-made about your piece, go with your gut, Masaschi says, and ask someone who knows.Carbonated water was added to produce a drink that was at once "Delicious and Refreshing," a theme that continues to echo today wherever Coca Cola is enjoyed... Identical to the orange bowl shown here, it was made by Chalet Artistic Glass in Cornwall, Ontario, in business from 1962 to 1975.If you have a worn old dresser or rickety heirloom chair on your hands, you may be thinking of refinishing it yourself.With the exception of early 1950s EC horror-based comics like Tales from the Crypt, The Haunt of Fear and The Vault of Horror (which were not specifically marketed at children, but being read by them), monster and horror entertainment was thought of as adult-only fare.