• 20
    Dec

Q & A with Harry Rinker: French Provincial Loveseat & Camp Granada Board Game

QUESTION: I have a French Provincial loveseat. I was told it was made in France or possibly Quebec, Canada, in the 1880s. Around 1900, my aunt purchased the loveseat in Toronto, Canada, and gave it to my mother in 1960. Shortly thereafter, she had it reupholstered in Collingwood, Ontario. It has been in my possession […]

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  • 20
    Dec

The Extension Table: From Ancient Rome to the Dining Room

A reader recently sent me some photos of a Victorian-period table. At first glance, it looked like a typical “turtle-top” parlor or lamp table with a wooden top. Closer inspection revealed it to be an extension table that opened to nearly 10 feet using wooden interlocking table slides. The reader asked me to confirm his […]

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  • 22
    Nov

Hearing Sounds From Your Furniture? It May Be Telling You Something

Sometimes it seems that there just aren’t any quiet spaces or times left these days. Between kids, traffic, television, radio, iPods, cell phones and Harleys it is hard to find a serene nook to curl up in and just enjoy the silence. One good place would seem to be an empty house or even a […]

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  • 19
    Nov

Roseville Pottery, Brilliant Cut Glass Collections to lead Multi-Estate Auction

ABERDEEN, Miss. – Choice items from the estate of Dr. Ray Gregory, a general surgeon from Corinth, Miss.— to include around 200 pieces of Roseville pottery collected over the course of 40 years, about 50 pieces of brilliant cut glass, dozens of pre-1900 copper kettles and more—will headline a fall antique extravaganza auction planned for […]

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  • 8
    Nov

Auction Report: Gettysburg Cannon Tops Dancy-Polk House Auction

DECATUR, Ala. — An authentic Civil War cannon, fired by Union troops at the Battle of Gettysburg, dated 1855 and complete with documented provenance, sold for $86,250 at an on-site sale of the contents of the Dancy-Polk House Inn on Oct. 12. The Dancy-Polk House Inn, constructed in 1829, is one of only four buildings […]

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  • 7
    Nov

Furniture’s Bum Rap: Mr. Eastlake was Innocent

According to some older and antique furniture dealers and collectors, there is one style from the 19th century that stands as the least attractive (read: ugly), most clunky and least desirable of all the Victorian period forms. What gets that honor? Eastlake, of course. Eastlake furniture is often regarded as the bottom of the barrel […]

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  • 22
    Oct

Estate Executors’ Headaches: What to do with Upholstered Furniture

Writer Amy Gale, in her book “Shows, Shops, & Auctions: Essays on the Antiques Trade,” recounts a tale of London surgeon Samuel Sharp, traveling in Italy in 1760. In the late 18th century, says Ms. Gale, the Italian countryside was a place of “hunger, lawlessness and filth.” Dr. Sharp would agree with her conclusion. On […]

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  • 9
    Oct

Battle of Gettysburg Cannon, Drum Part of On-Site Dancy-Polk House Inn Auction

DECATUR, Ala. – A battlefield cannon and drum from the Battle of Gettysburg, plus other Civil War items, will be sold alongside antiques from the historic Dancy-Polk House Inn in an on-site auction slated for Saturday, Oct. 12, starting at 9 a.m. (CST). The Dancy-Polk House Inn, constructed in 1829, is one of only four […]

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  • 30
    Sep

Is It a Set? Does It Matter? Harlequin Furniture Sets or Suites an Accepted Practice

That’s a great set of dining room chairs you bought at auction. Sounds like you got a real good deal on them, too. But I do have a question or two. Why is the back a little different on that one chair? And doesn’t that other chair seem a little too low? Oh, and that […]

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  • 5
    Sep

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Mid-Century Modern Penn State Classroom Chair

QUESTION: In the 1990s, I bought four (4) bentwood plywood classroom chairs. The remains of a paper label that contains a circle motif with the letters: “T_ON…AT…” is on the bottom of one of the chairs. There also is a metal tag with “PSC” and an inventory number. “PSC” stands for Pennsylvania State College. The […]

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