refinishing a dresser

From: aimee
Date: 09 Apr 1999
Time: 22:14:12
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I could you use some advice on locating 2 handles for a dresser I'm refinishing. I'm stripping off many layers of paint. I pulled out one of the locks on the drawer and found a list of patent dates the last being April 18, 1885. The plate that rests against the drawer feels like tin and the handle attached is much heavier. This is my first real project(meaning with a piece that I care about) I'm not sure how to finish it once I get all of the paint off either. There are so many books listed on this sight. Can you recommend one or two for beginners on technique and identifying what it would have looked like originally? thanks