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Shelf Brackets

Used to display household items, small hanging shelves were often made at home since woodworking was a common skill, and wood was readily available. Generally ornate, fretwork, carving, incising and painting were common techniques used to decorate shelf brackets. Dating small hanging shelves and antique shelf brackets can be challenging due to the longevity of their popularity among home craftsmen, examining the hardware used in construction can help.

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