Bottom number stamp – Quick follow-up

Hi all!

Once again, Happy Father’s Day!

In my last post I asked the box gods for a 4 digit number stamp on the bottom of a box.  It took a day…got my wish….

bottom stamp 4511

I don’t think I’ve talked about this before; but, for the most part Lane dated their full sized cedar chests (and other furniture pieces they made) by use of the serial number usually on the bottom of the piece.  So, for example 455101 would be a manufacture date of October 15, 1954…10/15/54.  Therefore, if this number above represents a date, it would HAVE to be read backwards – November of 1954.  Given this stamp is on a Tall box, this date fits the chronology.

Let’s review.  These are the number stamps I have documented so far…

4511, 453, 155 and 652.  As you can see, the last three 3-digit numbers can represent dates either forwards or backwards.  Contrary to my discussion in my last post, if interpreted backwards, the Short Round date fits my chronology better because it moves from 1952 to 1956 – closer to the 1957 date I have documented for this box variation.

I would now like to ask the box gods for another example of a four digit number – one I can use to confirm the backward ready methodology.

If these mysterious number stamps are date related and I can find more of them, it could be a real game changer for the chronology project.

I will be adding this “Bottom Number” feature to  It will be a week or so before I get to it.  Check it our soon.

Thanks for following along.


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