Identifying furniture makers by their mark
What resources are available for identifying furniture by its maker's mark? Websites, books? If you don't know, a maker's mark is a symbol or a set of initials that identify the craftsman or company that crafted the product. Trying to find information with only a symbol is next to impossible unless you're an industry insider, which I am not. I'm not talking exclusively about antiques. I'm actually more interested in a specific piece of modern furniture. The symbol I'm researching is a tree carved into a 30-year old bedroom set. The symbol appears to be a typical rounded, mushroom-shaped oak tree. I'm told that it comes from a well-known manufacturer that's probably still in business today. Unfortunately, I have no other information than that.