Dating drawer pulls
I have yet to find a book or source that deals with this narrow subject, so as you read related antiques materials, you just have to mentally catalog what hardware looks like for a given period style.
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It was only in the Eastlake period in the 1880s that brass hardware became important again.
The post at the top is handmade from the early 19th century.
Is there an imprint in the finish caused by the sharp edge of another piece?
Your best tool is knowledge of what the correct hardware looked like for each style and period in which you have an interest.
Today the discussion is just on determining the originality of hardware.
Another innovation of the Federal period was the reversing of the bail (the handle).
In the Federal era, the bails entered the post from the outside so that they surrounded the posts. The Empire period certainly had decorative hardware but that was the end of it for nearly half a century.
The Late Classicism style of the 1830s and 1840s used almost no brass hardware and Rococo Revival and Renaissance Revival used very little.
Carefully examine the wood and the finish revealed when the brass is gone.
Is there a shadow of another size or differently shaped piece of hardware?