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Determining the Value of Antique Furniture: Using the Five ‘F’ Words (7/14/10)
This Federal era work table circa 1810-1820 has a couple of hardware problems. The top left drawer pull is upside down. The escutcheon on the top drawer is from a much later period, after mid century. Federal tables normally only have key surrounds, not escutcheons.One of the most important determinants of value in an older piece of furniture, naturally, is the “condition,” which is … More >>


Mersman Tables: They’re Everywhere! (7/5/10)
A Mersman Colonial Revival “surf board” lamp table features a lyre base popular in the Federal and Empire period of the early 19th century. (Courtesy Swedberg, “Furniture of the Depression Era,” Collector Books) Any antique shop that has more than three pieces of Colonial Revival furniture is almost certain to have a … More >>


The Piano – The Ultimate Functional Art (6/21/10)
The serial number of this piano is stamped into the soundboard and surrounded by the cast plate. It belongs to a Krakauer Brothers mahogany console made in 1946 using new post war plastic technology in the action.Furniture is sometimes referred to as “functional art.” In the case of the piano, perhaps it should be called “functional … More >>


Flights of Fancy – Imaginary Furniture Names (6/8/10)
This style of drop front desk is commonly, and erroneously, called a Gov. Winthrop desk.  A quick reading of selected world history reveals a number of events or artifacts that are identified with a … More >>


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 >>


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