The term initial in the context of furniture refers to the act of marking or labeling an item with an initial or initials. It is often used to personalize or identify furniture pieces by adding the owners initials or name as a distinct feature. This can be done through various methods such as engraving, embroidery, or metal plates. Dower chests, toilet cases, writing boxes were often monogrammed. Initials and monograms were decorations from old times.