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Old or fake? [Nov. 12th, 2007|09:09 pm]
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What a great place to ask about stuff. I bought this bedroom set at a garage sale last weekend:

Headboard, footboard, dresser and also a mirror, although it might not be original. The knobs have a purple-brown plastic around them, which I though might be bakelite, but the expert at the flea market said is was too brittle. She called it something else, although I don't remember what. The previous owner said she paid about $350 at an antique store several years ago. Do you think it's old enough to be genuine art deco? The inside of the drawers is in remarkably good condition, almost unused. There are a few scratches and knicks, but the little metal wheels on the bed still roll! I was thinking 1930's? Any ideas?


[User Picture]From: asetwoman
2007-11-13 03:21 pm (UTC)
Fake? Probably not, as I've never seen fake in that style. By the way, if the store owner didn't tell you, the style is called waterfall because the veneer's grain on the top goes back to front and then the veneer on the front sort of simulates a waterfall.

Waterfall was made from the 20's to the 40's, so it's possible it's from the 30's, but my guess is more 40's, mostly from the lines. People are kind of fast and loose with the deco label and they call waterfall deco all the time.

By the way, they're very nice! I have several pieces like that, so obviously I like that stuff. Have fun with it!
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[User Picture]From: asetwoman
2007-11-13 03:23 pm (UTC)
By the way, that's not to say that waterfall ISN'T deco, just that I'm not sure. 40's is technically too late for deco, but I don't think anyone would castigate you for calling this set deco.
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[User Picture]From: blondegrlz
2007-11-13 05:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I did not know the style had a name, I just really loved it. I have a cedar chest with almost the same pattern so I bought these to make a complete set. I'm enjoying redesigning my guest room around it!
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[User Picture]From: captain_calico
2007-11-17 09:18 am (UTC)
Nice set! The knobs fascinate me; could the material be mica?
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