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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 >>

Antique Furniture Tags: What They Say and What They Should Say (7/8/09)
The tag says “Solid mahogany chest…” Open up the first drawer and take a look at the joinery. The fact that the drawer is veneered is indicated by the light colored line at the rear of the dovetail. That is the fifth layer of veneer in the lumber plywood drawer front.One of my favorite pastimes of course is antiquing; looking at and for antique furniture. One of my second favorites … More >>

Sometimes the Difference Between a Copy and an Original Isn’t Much (6/11/09)
An original Gustave Stickley recliner. The seats have been recovered; originally they would have been dark brown/black.We are often asked about “Mission Style” furniture, people see a piece of Mission furniture by well known makers such … More >>

Dirty Old Furniture Finish: Is It Seattle ‘Grunge’ or Is It Patina? (5/26/09)
The crackled old shellac finish on this early 19th-century drawer is certainly original and probably qualifies as “patina,” but is it desirable?A few years ago I had an elderly lady walk into my antique furniture restoration shop with an unusual request. … More >>

How to Tell if a Eames Lounge Chair Has Been Repaired (5/15/09)
An Eames lounge chair that has been repaired. This is a good repair, but any repair will greatly decrease its value.Many sellers and buyers who are familiar with the design and history of the Eames lounge will tell you it … More >>

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