I couldn’t sleep last night. You know when you go to a garage sale and they have an old trunk and you pray that there is gold or an original copy of the Declaration of Independence or even a semi-rare comic book? Well, last night while researching a project that I’m working on I feel like I’ve stumbled on something akin to the semi-rare comic book.
A friend of mine told me that she was redoing her daughter’s room and had some furniture that she no longer needed/wanted. So I made a bee line over there and got it before she changed her mind (like any good friend would do).
The drawer pulls reminded me of our antique armoire that we have in our living room–you know, the one I’m not allowed to paint.
Here is a pic of the drawer pulls while they have the stripping agent on them.
And here is a close up of our armoire pulls.
So I felt like this piece had some good age on it, but I wasn’t sure until I researched the drawer joint style.
I was intrigued by the drawer join immediately. It was so different than the typical dovetail and I had never seen this style before.
See the scalloped edges and the dowel in the center? It’s called a scallop and dowel or a scallop and pin joint. It is also called a Knapp joint because Mr. Knapp developed the machine that would produce this joint. He invented it in the late 1860’s and production began in 1871. They only used this type of joint until 1905 from what I can tell.
So yeah, this is a good piece of furniture. Not one that a museum would clamor for, but still.
I’ll take it over a semi-rare comic book any day!
Have you ever seen this type of joint? I’d love to hear from you if you have!