It's very common for the seller to be selling off a deceased relative's stuff and they can be a big help as well.And of course, there's Scott and he has been able to assist, especially if you include the dimensions and lots o Photos.We also used hardware from (company A) which went out of business, which forced us to make a change to (Company B).
bb @Bud Baker Same here about the chests that I have worked on and owned.I have been able to guess-ta-mate the dates on several of them because the owners either wrote or carved their name, date, and one time an address in Missouri. It was a very well done and I found that the brass corner protectors were hand cut and the chest was mahogany.The oldest chest I have had the date carved in the bottom of a drawer of Sept. I kept that one for myself and use it to store spare chest parts in it.The back and forth of different hardware is one of the reasons that we ask for so many different photos of a chest when we are determining the age.We need to make sure that all of the different parts match up with a certain era of production before making a blanket statement on the age of the chest. Could you post representative pics of chests from a variety of periods to show the differences?
As I pried off the cloudy original mirror--lo and behold, a date stamp from late 1941 was in purple on the back of the mirror.