Dating antiques joinery
To do so it must incorporate some type of suspension mechanism to allow it to travel in and out of the case.
The suspension idea ranges from the simple runner in the case to support the drawer sides, to a slot cut in the side of the drawer to engage a runner (the Pilgrim “hung” drawer), to a guide added to the center bottom of the drawer to engage a runner, to the nylon roller and ballbearing suspensions found in modern manufactured furniture.
With furniture, as with anything else, one person's junk is another another's treasure.
Antique stores are a good place to find furniture to refinish, but expect to pay for these pieces.
The most common storage facility of the era was the cupboard or court cupboard consisting of open shelves below doors which concealed more shelves.
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The concept of the modern chest of drawers as we know it, a case containing a series of more or less matching drawers, became a reality in the latter part of the 17th century.
Of course single drawers and combinations of drawers were made earlier but appeared usually as an adjunct to the lift top or dower chest which was the most common chest type in the that century.
You may also discover a real antique or two -- pieces handed down through the family for generations.
Other good sources are secondhand stores, household auctions, and garage sales.
One board had tiny “tails,” and the other had the larger “pins,” carefully measured to match and fit together exactly.