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1905 Serpentine Birds Eye Maple Dresser Buffet
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Here we have a 1905 Serpentine Birds Eye Maple Dresser. I do love the studies and this one could do well as a server or buffet with the table surface. This dresser needed some TLC. I glued all surfaces down with care. This is very important in restoring birds eye. The curly patterns over time needs pressing.

Great care is needed when stripping these studies for the grain soaks much of the chemical and can easily heat up, thus affecting the glue line instead. This is why these dressers work best when done by hand.

It is hard to find large patterns of birds eye veneer. Restoring the studies are important to the collections. The imperfections of age are camouflaged with the patterns and this works well in the final product.

The original surfacing was very dark and the date could be from the late 1800s. Notice the key hardware; this is a sign of age.

The serpentine curves emphasize the patina sheen. This study does look better to the living eye. It dazzles before you especially with an oil finish.

I placed solid brass handles on the dresser. The drawers are dovetailed and the seams are slat back, tongue and groove.

The dresser length is 43 inches long and has an overlap so hand bowls could be used. The serpentine curve is 22.5 inches at its widest. Height is 25.5 inches. If you want to raise it, the feet can take casters. The back is marked RF 1175.

I stripped, glued, conditioned, sealed and polished the dresser. The job was intense, but very rewarding. Best not sand the surfaces and try to save the patina. Age gives the surface the dazzling effect. The surfaces response well to buffing and any stains will squeegee out, if you give it time and a oil finish.

This dresser is appraised above 900 in material, craftsmanship, history, utility, rarity and condition.

About myself: I am a retired Material Science Engineer (B.S.) and during my earlier years I restored sculptures at the Hirshhorn Museum within the Smithsonian. I have a Bachelors of Science with Material Science and Industrial Arts. My specialty is wood furniture and I can do jobs right outside your front or back porch. Garages do well for the winter. Send me your location and a description of your item and I will give you a free quote. I do finishing, color matching, hand stripping, fabrication, replacement of parts, touch-up details, and stain removal. Feel free to check on my new jobs that I will feature here.

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