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  • Oct 4 2010
  • 4 Oct 2010

Missing Pieces—A.W.O.L. Furniture Parts

One thing to bear in mind while searching for your next antique furniture treasure is that this stuff, by definition, has been around the block […]

  • Sep 27 2010
  • 27 Sep 2010

Surface Saver: Protect Furniture Tops with Custom-Cut Glass

One of the endearing qualities of well-made antique furniture is that it actually can be used for its original purpose on a daily basis. Unlike […]

  • Sep 15 2010
  • 15 Sep 2010

Collecting Federal Furniture: A Unique Style that Mirrors American Ideals

If you live in a Federal style home, filling it with Federal furniture just seems like a natural. I myself began collecting Federal era furniture […]

  • Aug 30 2010
  • 30 Aug 2010

Rough Stuff No. 2 – Choosing the Right Sandpaper

In any discussion of sandpaper the words “coarse,” “medium” and “fine” always come up. Open any book on finishing or refinishing, or any do-it-yourself home […]

  • Aug 24 2010
  • 24 Aug 2010

Rough Stuff No. 1 – An Introduction to Sandpaper

Let’s assume that you have already been through the soul-searching exercise about removing patina and destroying the value of an antique by stripping and refinishing […]

  • Aug 16 2010
  • 16 Aug 2010

Don’t Get the Wrong Impression – Confusing Furniture Terms

I recently attended an auction where one of the items in the catalog was a Chippendale style, Colonial Revival mahogany china cabinet. At the preview, […]

  • Jul 14 2010
  • 14 Jul 2010

Determining the Value of Antique Furniture: Using the Five ‘F’ Words

One of the most important determinants of value in an older piece of furniture, naturally, is the “condition,” which is one of the most-frequently heard […]

  • Jul 5 2010
  • 5 Jul 2010

Mersman Tables: They’re Everywhere!

Any antique shop that has more than three pieces of Colonial Revival furniture is almost certain to have a Mersman table somewhere in the joint. […]

  • Jun 21 2010
  • 21 Jun 2010

The Piano – The Ultimate Functional Art

Furniture is sometimes referred to as “functional art.” In the case of the piano, perhaps it should be called “functional art for art.” After all, […]

  • Jun 8 2010
  • 8 Jun 2010

Flights of Fancy – Imaginary Furniture Names

A quick reading of selected world history reveals a number of events or artifacts that are identified with a specific time, place or person. Many […]