Featured Baker Co. 1920s bureau - polish the hardware or no?

Discussion in 'Furniture' started by franrose, Nov 10, 2019.

  1. franrose

    franrose Member

    I am moving on to try to sell another item, this one a Baker Co. reproduction Hepplewhite chest of drawers, probably from the early 1920s. It was in my great grandmother’s house, although I can’t remember which room it was in. The handles, I notice, are completely black. Was that intentional on this style, or are they heavily tarnished? Should I polish them before putting an ad together? We have other similar pieces of furniture (“Georgian style” dark mahogany) with bright brass. Thanks for your thoughts, :) Fran

  2. johnnycb09

    johnnycb09 Well-Known Member

    What a lovely chest ! Personally Id leave them alone. The buyer may prefer them like that.
  3. James Conrad

    James Conrad Well-Known Member

    Very nice, a Hepplewhite Serpentine revival chest of drawers, nice figure on drawer fronts. I agree, leave brasses alone as it gives buyer the option to polish or not.
  4. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Very nice, Fran, love the wood and the serpentine front. As the others said, let the buyer decide.
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2019
    i need help, James Conrad and judy like this.
  5. gregsglass

    gregsglass Well-Known Member

    Gorgeous chest!!!! leave the handles alone. With that skinny pull out shelf we always called these "bachelor chests".
  6. ola402

    ola402 Well-Known Member

    I was ready to say "polish" until I saw the photo. The unpolished pulls are perfect for this chest and I think it would look wrong somehow if you polished them. Gorgeous piece!
  7. ola402

    ola402 Well-Known Member

    Wow! I can't stop coming back here to have another look at this chest. What a beauty!
    i need help and Any Jewelry like this.
  8. franrose

    franrose Member

    Thanks, everyone! I guess I should feel pleased, it’s less work to ready the bureau :D! Part of me feels as though I should appreciate this bureau more, you’ve all been so admiring of it. In my mind it has always seemed a bit fussy, compared to some of the other pieces -bureau and desk - that we have from my great grandmother’s house. Georgian style, which my mom currently has in her studio at assisted living. (It’s in the photo on the right.) And how interesting about the moniker “bachelor”! We had a nice tabletop arched mirror on a stand - which I loved and which seemed so “girly” - I would drape scarves and jewelry over the posts ( it unfortunately got broken during a move and thrown out by my father) which I was shocked learned was a “shaving mirror. ” Here’s also some more photos of the bureau, too.


    Thanks again for the input, everyone! Fran
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