Thanks, Chris! I hope that doesn't mean it's a $30 repro item.
James, if I were you, I wouldn't buy anything newer than 1860 either. My house is younger, so almost all of my furniture, which is also younger, looks decent. The one time I had money, I bought an old-looking rocker and a camelback sofa with Queen Anne doe feet to match my old stuff.
I found out about the dresser-drawer thing on a shopping trip with my mother. We asked the salesman if they would take the stops out, as she didn't want them, and he said they legally couldn't do it.
The worst dresser-related accident I know of was when a small child climbed up the front, which drawer stops would have done nothing to prevent. In all seriousness I'm sure children have been hurt by rocketing drawers, it just bums me out. One of the news clippings I've saved for years was a column by George Will pointing out that playgrounds for children originally were designed in part to teach acceptable risk. They weren't so cushioned that a kid doesn't realize that getting hurt is even possible.
The local wealthy mommies raised money to replace one of our local playgrounds several years ago. They had decided that the existing equipment was dangerous. I asked one what accidents and injuries she had heard of and guess what the answer was. Yep, NONE. One example of the dangers was a large fiberglass turtle meant for small children to climb on, which had screws sticking out on the underside. IF a child squeezed under the turtle, which was about 6 inches off the ground, said child might get scraped. Well heaven forfend. Frigging helicopter parents.