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Hi...posting my second question here...good feedback on the first so I have to try you all out on this one!

I don't know much at all about furniture and I was offered an estate clean-out and I went for it. I may have more questions but this one is driving me nuts. This is a small bedside table from the estate in Ipswich, Mass. The father was a collector but passed away many years ago. I can figure out the style and what kind of wood it is on my own (eventually!) but the stamp on the bottom has stumped me. Could be AB, RB, PB, HB...and all searches come up with nothing exact. I found Allen Brothers but I think the years don't coincide to when they were in business, if I remember correctly.

Any help would be appreciated. I've done an extensive google search and come up empty handed!

Thanks so much!


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Almost antique! I've had something by this maker but cannot recall the name...a big help!

Looks like the mark is grooved/recessed, if so try putting graphite (emery board and pencil) into it, or a pinch of flour. Both will wash off with water. Might provide complete mark.  1919? Seems too new, but obviously is the date. Nice condition and pretty little table.

Thank you! Everything in this home was in really nice condition... very little work to do on anything in order to sell. I will try the method above tonight and hopefully figure out what that mark is!

the 1919 mark i would say is the manf. start date, not when the pc.

was made, as it looks like it was burnt into ply wood

 Plywood was introduced into the United States in 1865 and industrial production started shortly after. In 1928, the first standard-sized 4 ft by 8 ft (1.2 m by 2.4 m) plywood sheets were introduced in the United States for use as a general building material. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plywood

most drawer bottoms was solid material for the golden oak era, when they started doing more of the depression era furniture more ply wood was being used 


I question Wiki's plywood history. I've sold 10-20k pieces of French and have never seen anything older than 1890s with any laminates-they began use in drawer bottoms and this luan type plys. I always heard 1895 as the real start but this site show it as 1905 in Portland: http://www.apawood.org/apas-history

 Interesting they found some in Egyptian tombs-no Wayerhauser marks on that plywood.

And back OT, I think this is a 1920-30s US mahogany piece.

Thank you...good info. So I will stop focusing on the date and search for furniture makers from a little later...once I figure out the first initial!

This is the mark of the Francis H. Bacon Company of Boston and New York City. The initials are "FB." Francis H. Bacon was well-known and received prestigious commissions. 1919 is definitely the date of your Queen Anne Revival table. Here is a link with a bit of info:


Oh my goodness!! Thank you so much LB Laub....you made my day!!!

You're welcome. It's a really nice piece of furniture!


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