The “W” should tip you off, just like the “O” in oak. “W” stands for walnut. It can be deceiving because Gerstner doesn’t believe in using stain on walnut boxes. Those of us who are used to walnut having a richer color can be thrown off by this practice. Nevertheless, it is walnut.
Also, you might run across an older mahogany Gerstner with it’s production control number starting with “O”, which usually stands for Oak. Apparently they did not bother to come up with it’s own indicator because they did not make that many of them back then. I’ve had several discussions with sellers and buyers about this. The ones that doubted were referred to Gerstner and I never heard from them again. PS Haven’t been working on anything right now. Daughter gave wife the flue and the wife gave me the flu, and I was the only one that got a flu shot. Hack, sneeze, moan, cough and then start over again.
Just picked up this awesome 62 and 7-drawer mid chest. It has the optional red felt drawer lining and appears to be dark walnut. I’d like help confirming this as the label says O62, which would indicate Oak. I’ve worked a lot with oak and it is clearly not oak. Any help is appreciated.
Novaiiman, Those are a beautiful set you have there. The two chests in the photo above are quarter sawn oak, this provides the unique flecks and rays in each panel that completely changes the look of the oak. I have just refurbished my Walnut W62 and WB62 chests, also with red felt. Take a look at them in the Restoration Projects section.