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The Keys to Antique Furniture Locks (2/20/09)
A full mortise lock is completely enclosed in the wood with only the selvage visible.Most of us who are interested in antique furniture have, at one time or another, run across what seemed liked … More >>


The Tale of Old Nails (2/2/09)
This is a piece of 1/8-inch square rolled iron nail stock that was used by a “nailer” to hammer out a handmade nail.One of the key ingredients in the process of determining the age of a piece of older or antique furniture … More >>


The Red King—Mahogany in Antique Furniture (1/23/09)
One of the most distinctive wood patterns in all of furniture design is the book matched crotch cut veneer seen in the top of this Colonial Revival lamp table. Crotch cut veneer is cut from the intersection of a large branch with the trunk or the intersection of two large branches. That creates the "flame" or "feather" pattern seen in the veneer.By Fred Taylor WorthPoint Worthologist When you think of “period” antique furniture, what first comes to mind? Chippendale? Sheraton? Hepplewhite? Phyfe? Of … More >>


Know Your Antique Furniture Terminology Part 2 (1/14/09)
Dentil – The square block molding near the top of this cabinet is called dentil molding.As with the last list of words (Antique Furniture Terminology Part 1), you probably know most of these, but don’t … More >>


Know Your Antique Furniture Terminology Part 1 (1/4/09)
Acanthus – This leg of an Empire table shows an example of acanthus leaf carving.Have you ever been in the position of admiring a friend’s new antique purchase when they remark on the exceptional … More >>


Antique Beds—What Holds Them Up? (11/30/08)
Modern bed hardware has been unchanged for over 100 years. Antique Beds – What Holds Them Up? By Fred Taylor Beds are of great interest to most people. We spend more time in bed than we do anywhere else, except, maybe at work. So where we spend roughly one-third or our lives should be of great interest. More >>


Clues to Antique Chairs (11/30/08)
A 20th century block that avoids the corner and has a hole in the middle for the screw that secures the seat.Clues to Antique Chairs By Fred Taylor More >>


Antique Furniture Glass – Is It Original? (11/4/08)
Roller–Roller glass can be identified by the parallel lines of distortion seen in this photo of a car through a window made in the 1920s. Antique Furniture Glass – Is It Original? By Fred Taylor More >>


Does Repair Hurt Antique Values? (10/9/08)
Editor’s Note: Questions often arise about repairing antiques. Does that automatically lower the value of the piece? Are there circumstances … More >>


Dating Antiques? Check the Joinery (10/2/08)
Editor’s Note: The age and period of antiques can often be determined by the simplest details. Worthologist Fred Taylor examines … More >>


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