Information About Wooden Dresser?

October 23, 2021

A wooden dresser with a tall mirror.Can anyone tell me about this dresser? The first picture has a sticker in drawer that says Berkey & Gay.


The dresser with the drawers pulled out.
The top of the dresser.
A wooden dresser with a tall mirror.
The faded marking on the back of the dresser.


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Your dresser has two labels: Berkey & Gay and Grand Rapids Made.

The triangle trademark with the lettering "G. R. M." was used by members of the Furniture Manufacturers Association of Grand Rapids to identify true "Grand Rapids Made" furniture and to differentiate it from imposters.
It was announced: "This trade mark will protect dealers who handle Grand Rapids product against competition from inferior furniture sold under Grand Rapids name and reputation." "It is the purpose of this association to advertise this trade mark extensively in the public press, but under no circumstances will the names of the individual manufacturers appear in such advertisements." "The members of this association agree to sell through the retail dealer only."


Evening Press, 6/28/1900, page 1

The triangle trademark was used between 1899 and 1913.

So, you have 5-drawer bureau/highboy dresser/chest of drawers with a tilt beveled mirror, made by the renowned Berkey & Gay furniture company of Grand Rapids in 1899-1913.

Antique Berkey & Gay Dresser With Mirror but with 6 drawers, original finish with age-appropriate wear, but in generally very good condition, was sold for $195

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May 24, 2021

Can anyone tell me about this dresser please.

An old wooden dresser.


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This chest is fairly similar to yours and it sold for $90 @ auction:

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These are often referred to as a dressing table with a raised gallery (the two trinket drawers). It is a masculine looking piece so it was probably the gentleman's piece and the lady of the house may have had a matching vanity.


I believe it to be missing the drawers for the top two slots as (and maybe I have just never seen one that just had slots), the gallery part is typically drawers.

Is there a place on the back for a mirror? They usually also typically came with a mirror. A man's mirror was often a stationary mirror--maybe a swivel, but probably just a single stationary piece.

Are the keyholes real or decorative and if real, do you have the key and do they work? Do the locks have any info on them (either on the keyhole or the internal lock mechanism?

As to age, this style looks to be a 1950s piece--but I would have to look at the construction--like what do the connectors in the drawers look like (dovetail or nails or screws or pegs).

What is the back--real wood or particle board (which could make it a newer "repro piece"?

Are you asking to sell or just for more info?

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