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On a really good day, the machine could turn out 200 or more and work more than one shift, if necessary.If you look at much old furniture, you undoubtedly have seen this unusual-looking arrangement and wondered what the heck it was. And knowing that you also get some very valuable information about the age of the piece on which you saw the joint.Knapp patented his first joint making machine in 1867.The drawer department had finally caught up with the rest of the factory.
By the mid 1870s the great factories were in full swing turning out late Victorian creations consisting mostly of Renaissance Revival and Eastlake furniture.If nothing about an item is reminiscent of a particular period, then using the phrase Victorian / Art Deco or any other style to describe it would be incorrect.Historical periods or the periods of man can also be closely correlated but again rarely define the period of antique production.For instance; The Egyptian Period (3100 BC to 30 BC) produced antiquities and art with a focus on the afterlife.