Dating furniture drawers
About 1780, oval or circular stamped or pressed brass handles were used, the loops following lower line of the plate.
A single piece of antique furniture is more than a collection of nails, boards, and wood stain.
That said, it is important to realize that skilled craftsmen are building furniture by hand even today so you'll want to continue to investigate the age of the piece using at least one other method.
When you're trying to determine the age of an antique, take a look at these parts and look for tool marks, slight variances in size and shape, and elongation of round parts (round wood contracts across the grain, resulting in an oval shape after time).
Often less well proportioned, much simpler in design with splats with little or no carving.
The methods employed by London makers of the mid-18th C.
Thomas Chippendales "Gentleman and Cabinet Makers Director", published in three editions (1754, 1755 and1762) had a major influence on mid-18th C. In as much as he applied popular Rocco, Chinoiserie and Gothic design motifs to already fashionable shapes for both grand and simple household furniture. Chair makers at all levels - London, provincial and country adapted and modified their designs to suit their own skills, and their customers tastes and pockets.
Country versions are instantly identifiable when made in woods than Mahogany.
Modern reproductions tend to be smaller and narrower than the originals enabling them to fit in with the smaller dining rooms of todays houses.