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Can Anyone Identify this Dresser? - decorated dresser with sailing ship on topCan anyone help identify this dresser? All contact points are dovetails and the knobs are screw in with flathead screws.

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It is very hard to tell from the photos, but my gut feeling is your piece is a custom made piece where someone created this theme and affixed/painted the wood. Decoupage or paint or both? Are there any marks on the wood...back or in the drawers? Can you feel the ship? Meaning it could be decoupage.

I would need to see he piece in person to see if it is an old piece that was refinished. I would need to look at the dovetails, screws, drawers, the back and underside.

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If you have a reputable vintage shop you trust, have them do a look see and guide you to what you have and the value in your town (if you are asking to sell).

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There are no markings or numbers on the inside of drawers? underneath/bottom of drawers? back of chest?

It looks (to me) like someone took a vintage chest of drawers and refurbished it as something special for someone. I believe all of the pictures and letters/words mean something to someone.

The pictures may have been painted but they look too precise to me - especially the 'trim' around the edges of the drawers - so I think someone found these - maybe smaller and had them enlarged - just for this piece.

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This makes it a nice looking piece but probably does not enhance the value. If it had just the pictures and no words it would probably be of more value to a 'stranger' but as is - not so much.
Then again, someone may really like just as it is - people can easily fool you.

If you have no provenance about this chest and no markings then it would be very difficult to identify it.
You might show pictures to someone and see if they can find anything on the Captain Ford as that is probably the key to the identity. Simple research turned up no information on the name.

This was probably very special to someone.
I would suggest you post the pictures on as many media sites as you can and see if anyone turns up knowing somebody or recognizes the names or pictures.

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June 4, 20200 found this helpful

I can't find the company who made Captain A. Ford dressers at all or any information on them. I would like to suggest that you speak to an antique shop in your area and find out if they know more about this dresser.

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It appears that nobody has ever listed the information online and it should be easily found in books. I know that a lot of antique shops will be able to help you on this one.

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This is a lovely piece. To get a better idea of what you have, take more pictures up close for all details. Have a antiques furniture/dealer take a look. This is a very unique piece and deserves a professional!

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