Dating antique furniture feet

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The stylistic techniques used to date formal furniture such as Chippendale and Hepplewhite simply does not work for American country and primitive furniture.Planing machines were experimented with early in the 1800s.Two early experiments are the Woodworth planer in 1824 and the Daniels planer in 1834.During the Industrial Revolution, the method of making nails, screws, hinges, latches, and of milling lumber changed often. The style of nails changed a dozen times, the hinge changed four times, the screw changed three times, and so did latches and pulls.The methods of working wood also changed during this time.Machine plane marks are of some use in dating cupboards made as early as 1860, but machine plane marks usually suggest a construction date of 1880 or later.

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