How to find makers marks and manufacturers on used furnishings.

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What’s a makers mark?

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A makers’ mark identifies the maker of the furniture. These marks can be easy to find or a bit of a challenge. Check the back side, underside, and drawers. Pull out the drawer and check back, side and bottom. The ID stamp will be burned into the wood or there may be a brass plaque with the manufacturer or makers name. Check the hardware and drawer pulls. Often times they can determine a specific maker. Certain decorative features were their hallmarks.