But whether you are looking for a piece of antique furniture for your home or looking for something to sell on; to become knowledgeable about identifying antique furniture takes research.And that is even if you are focusing on only one aspect of this very diverse subject.
Rotary saws were being developed and blacksmiths were no longer making nails one by one in a forge.
By the end of the civil war furniture factories were adopting assembly lines.
The dovetail took off in the William and Mary period which was around the 1600’s and to the very early 1700’s.
Most furniture before that time was constructed as simple boxes known as coffers with open shelving and cabinetry storage.
If you want two different pieces of wood to stay connected you need to create a strong joint but you also want it to look nice too.
One of the most common and aesthetically interesting forms of joinery is the dovetail.The Knapp Joint was replaced by machine cut dovetails Dovetails are still mass produced in factories today.Hand cut dovetails, are more of hobby these days and are used in replicating authentic fine antique furniture.A dovetail is created by the interlocking joint of two boards, it is found in the construction of drawers but also seen on the construction of chests and cabinets.The name of the dovetail comes from the trapezoidal shape of the cuts needed to make the joint.The widespread use of the dovetail lead to reliable, long lasting drawer construction. Simple country furniture had large tails sometimes and just a single tail and pin were used.