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  • Mar 21 2013
  • 21 Mar 2013

Ask A Worthologist: The Unwanted Hand-Carved Desk

Anna B. inherited this desk many years ago, but its over-the-top styling had it in exile in the house. She and her husband have decided […]

  • Mar 20 2013
  • 20 Mar 2013

Refinish Your Antique Furniture? It’s a Question of Value

That crisp new $20 bill in your wallet is more valuable than the worn $20 you got as change from the convenience mart. Don’t believe […]

  • Mar 11 2013
  • 11 Mar 2013

The “American” Legend of the Rocking Chair

As Americans, we have a lot to be proud about in the field of furniture. We perfected the English idea of the Windsor chair. We […]

  • Feb 19 2013
  • 19 Feb 2013

Desk? What Kind of Desk? One Must Be More Specific

A reader recently wrote me saying she had a desk that belonged to her grandfather that was more than 100 years old. What did I […]

  • Feb 11 2013
  • 11 Feb 2013

Treasure Salvage: On The Way To The Dump

In today’s market, it’s not unusual to read about an auction in which jewelry is sold for the scrap value of the gold or silver. […]

  • Jan 31 2013
  • 31 Jan 2013

A Furniture Inventory: How Many Chairs Do You Have in Your Home?

Many years ago when my daughter was in elementary school, her teacher gave the class an assignment count the pieces of furniture at home. The […]

  • Jan 22 2013
  • 22 Jan 2013

Ask a Worthologist: Makers’ Marks and What They Do—or Don’t—Mean

To collectors, well-seasoned or novice, the subject of determining a maker or origin of a piece can be very confusing if it’s outside one’s normal […]

  • Jan 15 2013
  • 15 Jan 2013

Unloved Antiques: Great-Great-Grandma’s Spinning Wheels

The next item in this series of Unloved Antiques is something that once was almost a requirement in any antique shop: the spinning wheel. During […]

  • Dec 20 2011
  • 20 Dec 2011

The Stranger Below: Silent Chairs and How to Get Them to Open Up

Some pieces of furniture are like an open book. A casual familiarity with the trade allows you to readily identify the period of a piece […]

  • Dec 12 2011
  • 12 Dec 2011

That’s My Story – Shaky Family Histories no Guarantee of Provenance

The life story of an antique—where it’s been, who owned it and how it came to be where it is—is known as the “provenance” of […]