What do stamped numbers mean on antique furniture? I have ...

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6 years ago #1
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What do stamped numbers mean on antique furniture? I have an end table with "1863" stamped in white under the shelf, and a three drawer dressed stamped with "1700" in black on the back. Thanks to anyone that has information about this.

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6 years ago #2
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Examine your furniture for markings or labels that identify the manufacturer, or a lot or patent number. Starting in the nineteenth century, ranges of numbers were assigned to each year's new patents. Use a chart such as Biddington's to look up the number you find to see if it corresponds with a year. See the Resources section below for a link.
Look at the hardware used in the furniture. Nails, screws and saws of different types and shapes came into use at different points in history. For example, screws were rarely used in furniture before 1830 and the circular saw did not exist until after that date. Therefore, an item built with these materials cannot be dated as an authentic piece before 1830.
Educate yourself about the historical periods of furniture-making using a history book with plenty of pictures. Examples are Chippendale (mid-to-late 1700s), Empire (1830 to 1850) and Victorian (1850 to 1910). Your antique may be easily identified as belonging in one specific period by the style of the piece.

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6 years ago #3
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Yep, good advice. It is worth googling it aswell. We have quite a bit of info on our website that might help you www.amandini.co.uk

Kr, Stuart

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4 years ago #4
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information were really required for me. for others, this link might be helpful http://www.euroluxantiques.com/

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4 years ago #5
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let's not forget pattern numbers.

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4 years ago #6
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I bought a small -old I think it is a coffee table. It has swing-out legs from underneath the table top and it is about 3 ft. long. It has a metal claw on eachy foot, but no ball, just cut at end of table (foot) so the metal claw is just aniled on with small nails on each side.
It is solid wood and I got it from an estate sale of a woman I knew when I was young girl. It is in good shape, but the top looked like it may have been det by window and was lighter than the legs. I used old English to make it the same as the legs in color.

I am just trying to date this small coffee table which is what I would say is a basic style. The legs have raised lines on each leg.

I haven't made a picture of it yet. I have had it abt. 15 or more years. The legs were put on by dowels.

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4 years ago #7
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Never seen one. Can't wait for the pic.

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2 years ago #8
rick
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all i can find on my table and chairs is a number 11735, how do i find out anything about it ? any help would be great

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2 years ago #9
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Post a photo. we may be able to help.

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2 years ago #10
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Well I would think though I'm not sure, that nutmeg-### would mean the color of the stain they used. As for the others maybe plant 3? Since ethan alan is a pretty big name in furniture, perhaps they have a few different manufacuring plants. Hope that helps, keep in mind that these are only educated guesses.

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2 years ago #11
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Ethan Allen had at least 14 plant's & likely more

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1 year ago #12
laknight65
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I have the same furniture that is stamped 14 15 and 16

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1 year ago #13
laknight65
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I have the same furniture that is stamped 14 15 and 16

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1 year ago #14
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1 year ago #15
Rachel
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I have a secretary desk with a stamp MHG DESK NO 1058 on the back. It has been painted but was wondering if anyone could tell me about the stamp and what year it could be.

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1 year ago #16
Rachel
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I have a secretary desk with a stamp MHG DESK NO 1058 on the back. It has been painted but was wondering if anyone could tell me about the stamp and what year it could be.

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12 months ago #17
Ronda graham
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Hutch with numbers b

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11 months ago #18
Gina
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I have this exact set and I am looking for information on it too. Did you find anything to identify it?
Thanks
Gina

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11 months ago #19
Phone desk
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1417 76

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11 months ago #20
Phone desk
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No nothing just stamped number 1417 76

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11 months ago #21
DanPolan
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Looking for information

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9 months ago #22
Chasity
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I have a wooden flat front, fold down secretary/writing desk with the stamp (mcg no. 1080) on the back.What does that mean? What is it worth?

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9 months ago #23
Laura
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Hi

Did you ever find out anything about this hutch? I am about to pick up one that looks similar to this. Will check the markings when I get it.

Thanks

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9 months ago #24
Ronda graham
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No I haven't if you find out anything let me know please

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8 months ago #25
eden
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what if there are two numbers I have an oak armoire there is a number it says 644900 underneath of it it says 327 Oak in Boulder print what number do I use when referencing the biddingtons chart

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6 months ago #26
jerry
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<phone> V.Desk

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6 months ago #27
jerry
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Maybe dove tail drawers.

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5 months ago #28
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I have a question if anyone who can help me with the numbers that i have found on a bedframe. What does this mean ? 100-26f 13 and the seconed set of numbers are D 319

Sorry have no pic now.

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5 months ago #29
Becky
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I have this exact gossip bench. I don't have any info on it, either.

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4 months ago #30
bob klein
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The mhg means mahogany. cant tell if the wood is mahogany, probably not. most likely a mahogany stain on birch, beech, or other light wood. It is possible that there is some mahogany veneer on the fall front or drawer front.

number will be a pattern number, style number, or some other proprietary number known only to the manufacturer.

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