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An armoire was once considered a very necessary piece of furniture in many homes. It wasn’t until the middle of the 20th century that architects began including more closets into their designs.

Although they haven’t been a necessary item in a long time, today, they’re a much cherished and loved piece of furniture.

If you have an antique armoire or are planning on purchasing one, there are several things that you can look at to

determine the time frame when an antique armoire was built.

You don’t need to hire a professional to get an approximate age of an antique.
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I just purchased a kitchen hutch or cupboard. It looks to me like it was produced in Kansas City Missouri. It says Union Made on the back of it with the number 44. It is a cream color with two glass covered doors and red accent painted or stenciled on the inside of the glass doors.

It does have one drawer below with a red drawer pull and two small wooden doors with red door pulls below that. Also, has 1P51A8 I believe stamped on the back.

Can anyone help me to identify it’s age and tell me anything about it?

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John Henry Belter, born in 1804, is well known in the furniture and cabinet making industry for being an innovative designer and is famous for his rosewood furniture, and Rococo designs.

This was a new wood used in making furniture that Belter used predominantly. He came from Germany and replaced the famous Duncan Phyfe who had made furniture in New York for almost half a century.

Belter made mostly Louis XV reproductions and his unique style was known as the early Victorian. This style that he developed consisted of using limited rosewood to create bold carvings and concaved chair backs.
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See How Easily You Can Repair Antique Chairs

If you have a beautiful piece of antique furniture, but the furniture is really not showing its best or if some parts are coming off, you have to take steps to restore and repair it. Restoring and repairing antique furniture through a set of processes helps to bring back the look and appeal of the […]

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How to Get Rid of Termites in Antique Wood Furniture

When you have an insect infestation in your antique wood furniture, like termites, this is a serious problem that must be dealt with effectively and efficiently if you hope to maintain the value of your piece and ensure that the problem doesn’t spread to other antiques that you have. Termites are not a common problem […]

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How to Know When a Piece of Furniture is an Antique ?

There are various types of furniture that you can get in all different styles dating back hundreds of years, but how can you tell which pieces are the real McCoy, and which ones are replicas, or later models? Also, when is a piece of furniture classified as an antique, vintage, or just old? Well here […]

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How to replace the wood veneer on an antique table

Over time it is not unusual for the veneer on an antique table to be damaged. This can happen due to constant usage of harsh chemical cleansers or due to environmental factors or simply due to lack of care. The tell tale signs of veneer damage include chipped, blistered or broken veneer or a long […]

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See How Easily You Can Paint Antique Furniture

With many antique pieces like desks, wardrobes, and tables, certain paints were used and glazed surfaces were in fashion. When you purchase an antique you might find that the paint is cracking and peeling and you want to refinish it yourself. But how do you know what paints to use and how do you paint […]

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Here’s a Quick Way to Find the Value of an Antique Table

If you are wondering how to find the value of an antique table that is a family heirloom here are a few guidelines. The procedure will require patience and diligent research. The value of an antique table depends on four factors the condition of the piece, the quality of workmanship, the provenance and the rarity […]

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Do You Make These Mistakes when Valuing Antique Furniture ?

Valuing old and antique furniture is something that not everyone knows how to do and normally if you want to sell or buy a piece, you look to the expertise of a dealer or appraiser to give you an accurate valuation. For those that do want to start learning about antiques and how they are […]

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