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Furniture Labels: Telling the Makers, Retailers and Associations Apart (4/13/10)
This metal emblem was used by members of the Grand Rapids Furniture Makers Guild, beginning in 1931, to certify each individual piece of furniture by number as having been made by a Guild member.Furniture making in America in the 19th century ranged from the small shop, like that of Duncan Phyfe in downtown … More >>


Vanity, Thy Name Is . . . (3/23/10)
One of the earliest forms of the vanity is the poudreuse, meaning “powder” in French or “duster of the man” in French slang, referring to the generous use of face powder in make up. It was a very rare example of the combination of an attached mirror and wooden case in the 18th century. Fixed mirrors were not usually a part of the dressing table until the early 19th century. The popularization of the poudreuse predated the heyday of the celebrated English dandy, George Bryan Brummel, 1778-1840, by several decades but his name became associated with the form merely because of his notoriety. In Colonial America, having a decent place to get dressed was a serious problem. Decent mirrors, or even the decent … More >>


When it is OK to Replace Original Furniture Finish (3/8/10)
This is certainly the original finish on this circa 1830 drawer front. Do you find it attractive?Don’t touch that original finish! That mantra of the very high-end antique furniture market has been drummed into the collecting … More >>


Bid Up – Auction Terminology (2/11/10)
Live auctions can be a lot of fun. Just be sure you are prepared for the terminology used so casually during the sale by the auction house.Buying goods at auction is one of the most common ways dealers acquire inventory for their shops. It is one … More >>


Elastic Storage: Multi-Section Stacking Bookcases (2/2/10)
This stamped label started it all. This original Wernicke label shows the earliest patent date of 1892.Almost every antiques auction sooner or later has one. And almost every mall has at least one filled with “dustables” … More >>


What Makes Antique Furniture Valuable? The Four-Part Test (1/20/10)
This showy 1920’s headboard is in excellent condition. But its quality is so poor that it has little real value. (Swedberg photo)How many times have you read the report of an auction somewhere and the price quoted on some article just … More >>


The Sticky Question of the Universal Secondary Wood: Pure Gum (1/12/10)
This 1940s Colonial Revival reproduction of a mahogany Hepplewhite chair is made entirely of gum.Early 20th century furniture made in America developed its own unique style, loosely known as Colonial Revival. That “style” was … More >>


Brand of Brothers – The Stickley Furniture Family (12/21/09)
There is no mistaking Gustav Stickley’s unique red decal with the joiner’s compass and his trademark quote “Als ik Kan” – All I Can Do.Anyone who dabbles in older and antique furniture knows that the name “Stickley” is an important one in American antique … More >>


Familiar But Obscure Furniture Forms – A Primer (12/15/09)
Chiffonier – This tall narrow chest is called a chiffonier. It is the beginning of an entire related line of chests with drawers and doors.This entry deals with furniture forms which are probably familiar visually but whose original appellations may escape you at the … More >>


Aging with Style – Appearance Isn’t Always the Best Indicator of Age (11/23/09)
This is a period Chippendale chair, circa 1770.Aging with style is almost everyone’s ultimate objective, immediately behind not aging at all. But in this context the word … More >>


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