The piece is American Empire c.1870-1890, and has the classically bold scrolled feet and top box drawers that you so often see from dressers of the era. When I first got the dresser home I took it apart because every now and then one of these early ones will be signed by the maker. It wasn't signed, but I did find the remnants of a newspaper from 1901 wedged into an early repair (that I re-repaired better). And on the backboard is a giant scrolled "S" which I'm certain is the handiwork of the maker, and finally in the 'cool discovery' department are race knife marks on the undersides of the drawer bottoms, from when they were first milled and marked a hundred and fifty years ago. Does that give you goosebumps? It should.
So I painted the dresser in a custom mixed deep spearmint I've named 'Lady Luck', and removed the dorky Chippendale brass pulls that someone added probably in the 1920s. The dresser would have originally had large turned wood knobs, and the center holes for them were hidden behind the later brass pulls. I decided to go with cut glass pulls in the original holes, to further lighten the feel, but also streamline the look a bit. I already had four teeny antique glass pulls, and the other larger ones are from Home Depot.