Dating antique furniture dovetails
In an effort to determine the range of the age of a piece of furniture, we have the beginnings of a built-in time line if the piece has drawers.
This is typical construction of the 16th and 17th centuries, including Pilgrim drawers.
It is a five sided box that must fit perfectly within a case (a six-sided box) and be removable on demand without binding or breaking either the drawer or the case.
To do so it must incorporate some type of suspension mechanism to allow it to travel in and out of the case.
It's easy to spot an antique by the drawers, because joints weren't machine-cut until about 1860.
If it has only a few dovetail joints, with pins narrower than the dovetails, then the joint was made by hand.