5 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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5 years ago #2
slykitty
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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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5 years ago #3
stuart sneath
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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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3 years ago #4
rubaiyat
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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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3 years ago #5
Probst54
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let's not forget pattern numbers.

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3 years ago #6
Addie
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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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3 years ago #7
Save The Queen
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Never seen one. Can't wait for the pic.

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1 year 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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1 year ago #9
jim
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Post a photo. we may be able to help.

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1 year ago #10
furniturejones
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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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1 year ago #11
jim
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Ethan Allen had at least 14 plant's & likely more

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

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

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4 months ago #14
Antiques RSA
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3 days 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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3 days 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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