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The Collector’s Minute: The Savonarola Style Chair (5/31/10)
This Dantesca-type savonarola chair, made during the late-19th through the first quarter of the 20th century, does not fold as the original versions did. This chair is a “Dantesca Chair,” a variation on the “Savonarola” style chair. The style gets its name from … More >>


Sweet Dreams: Henry Boyd Tester Beds Highly Collectible (5/24/10)
This walnut tester bed, made by Henry Boyd, features simply turned posts, a scrolled, curly walnut headboard, and a fine, old, dry surface, made circa 1845. It sold in 2006 for $6,325 (including a buyer’s premium.What do you sleep in? No, I don’t mean your apparel, but what type of bed? If you own a … More >>


The Real Hitchcock Chair: How to Tell Originals from Reproductions (5/17/10)
The top image shows a correct period Hitchcock stencil from the 1820s. The lower image with the backward “N’s” is reproduction made since 1952.Everyone knows what a Hitchcock chair is, right? The small, rickety chairs with the rush or cane seats, usually painted … More >>


The Stick Chair – Introduction to the Windsor (5/10/10)
This fan back Windsor arm chair has another section rising above the crest rail called a “comb.”One type of chair that everyone is familiar with is the ever present Windsor chair. But why are there so … 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 >>


Wood Shrinkage in Antique Furniture is to be Expected (10/26/09)
In this photo the solid wood underlayment has shrunk under the veneer of the skirt of this Federal era fold over game table telegraphing the damage to the surface.The next time you visit a genuine antique furniture shop, pay particular attention to the concept of wood shrinkage. When … More >>


Living with Country Antiques: Fixing a Table with a Sticky Top (9/29/09)
When trying to clean a country farm table, if simple soap and warm water doesn’t work, don’t despair, there are other options.I received a letter from a reader, asking about a country farm table with a particular problem: “We found it at … More >>


George Hunzinger’s 19th-Century ‘Patent Furniture’ is Easy to Identify (9/15/09)
An example of George HunzingerThis rocking chair is an example made by the factory of Hunzinger was born in Germany in 1835 to a family … More >>


The Thrill of the Hunt: Netting a Rare Butterfly Table (9/8/09)
The William & Mary figured maple butterfly table with block vase and ring turned legs that had been so elusive. A few years ago, Steve Fletcher—the lead auctioneer of Skinner Auction Gallery in Boston—had just accepted a glass of water … More >>


20th Century Casters – More Rust than Roll (8/13/09)
This assortment of 20th-century casters present more problems than solutions for most homeowners.One of the mysteries of the universe to me is “Why do so many 20th century pieces of furniture have … More >>


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