When we got this dresser from a woman on Craigslist, we thought we’d totally scored; it had good bones, a ton of character, and we’d never seen anything with such a unique shape. Of course, it was also in rough condition. She’d painted it black, and not done a very good job of it. The paint was cracking and peeling, large chunks of the veneer were missing, and she’d even painted straight over what turned out to be the original hardware. After finding a manufacturer’s mark for Dixie on the inside of one of the drawers, I took to Google to figure out exactly what we had on our hands. As it turned out, this double-bowed dresser was actually a valuable piece from the 1940’s.