Dressers of this design were made in Caernarfonshire, and particularly on the Isle of Anglesey, North West Wales, during the second half of the 19th century. They form a regional group which is characterised by the combination of oak, mahogany, and occasionally other woods including rosewood and birds-eye maple. In this case mahogany is used for the cockbeading to the drawers, turned columns, door panels, drawer fronts and inlays. Dressers of this type more usually include a breakfront in the base, although flat fronted ones were also made. The shelves typically have pine backboards which were often painted blue/green as indeed was the case originally with this example.
The use of an inlaid motif of an elongated lozenge with black stained roundels at the ends in the frieze below the cornice is a device associated with joiners working in the market town of Llangefni on Anglesey in the mid to late 19th century. This device was also inlaid into joined chair top rails and other furniture, as a unifying form of decoration when suites of furniture were made.