The use of high pressure rollers during the Federal period increased output even more.
No longer did decorative pulls have to be engraved or chased individually.
One of the easiest improvements you can make to a dresser, desk, or cabinet that you’ve picked up at your local flea market is to outfit it with a vintage set of drawer pulls or handles.
Drawers pulls from numerous eras are widely available, in brass, bronze, Bakelite, and glass.
If there is evidence of that but the current fasteners have threaded posts and nuts, something has been altered.
And the threaded posts of an 18th century piece would have been hand cut and the nuts were usually round.
The designs were rolled right into the brass itself.
The post at the top is handmade from the early 19th century.The build up of wax or the overflow of brass cleaner will be evident. Its absence could mean the piece was meticulously maintained or that it has just been deeply cleaned or even refinished.A quick peek inside the drawer might show the presence of holes that once accommodated the fasteners for hardware other than the current resident. The hardware of a 17th century piece would have been held in place by clinched cotter pins on the inside. Today the discussion is just on determining the originality of hardware.This type of hardware is easy to recognize because it often has “inclusions” from the sand itself in the brass, either grains of sand or odd colors from impurities.Is there an imprint in the finish caused by the sharp edge of another piece?