|Empire dresser, circa 1870s|
Considering it's age, there really wasn't much to be fixed except two missing drawer knobs and a crack in the top that had already been stabilized. Otherwise, it just needed a good oil rubdown and some touchups.
First, let me give you some reasons why it was worth saving.
1. Gorgeous, handmade dovetail drawers! These were done without a factory. Makes me think of Pa Ingalls working away in his workshop for his Half-Pint Laura. To think they held together all these years!
|Hand-carved dovetail drawers|
|Each drawer was unique|
|With the drawers removed, you could see the raw hand-planed wood|
|Yes, the back piece had started slipping a little after 150 years of gravity!|
|Notice the two knobs on the left of the bottom two drawers were missing and then reconstructed.|
|The top as it came to me|
|The "anchor" on two sides from the inside to hold the crack in place|
|The top after much cleaning and oil|
|The top with glass added. It's ready for a new home!|
|Look at those gorgeous curves!|
|What a beauty!|