This week’s FEATURE FRIDAY item is a handmade, solid wood antique dresser with mirror attached.
We even have the back story on this one. This dresser is over one hundred years old. It was made for a family in Dale County by a traveling furniture maker.
Back in earlier times when hotels were non-existent, itinerant single men would often travel around earning their keep by staying with a family for a “spell” (often for months) and would help out around the place. If these fellows happened to have a skill such as wood working or metal craft, they would pay their way by making stuff for the families they boarded with and others in the area.
We scored with this one, because we acquired it directly from one of the descendants of the original family. The unique imperfections are what make this piece special. You can see clearly it’s handmade. But the artisan’s skill is readily apparent as well.
The age of the piece and the care taken with preserving the original wood is endearing. Many years of hand-rubbed oils and waxes and the decades of use have given it a warm patina. And, the original grain is still very evident.
All the original hardware, including the keyholes, are still intact, though we do not have the original key, we have replacement skeleton keys.
This piece was a great find, and we look forward to seeing it treasured in its new home.
Update: Although this piece was purchased before the post went live, we still have plenty of great finds!
Stop by our store at 9246 S Park Ave in Rehobeth Tuesday through Saturday, 10am – 6pm to see this one!
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