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  • Jul 11 2011
  • 11 Jul 2011

‘Novelty’ Furniture Helped American Manufacturing Survive the Great Depression

Have you ever picked up a book about American 20th-century furniture and marveled at the number of seemingly “non-furniture” items included in the pages? If […]

  • Jun 20 2011
  • 20 Jun 2011

Antiques Auction Forum: Allan Breed & 18th-Century Cabinetry

In this week’s podcast, I visit with master craftsman Allan Breed at his shop & School of Fine Woodworking in Rollinsford, N.H. We talked about […]

  • Jun 20 2011
  • 20 Jun 2011

Coming Too Soon? – 20th Century Antiques

  The definition of an antique, like many other definitions we have long been comfortable with, has been under pressure for a number of years. […]

  • Jun 6 2011
  • 6 Jun 2011

Wet Worry – Dealing with Water Damage

In this year of what seems to be extraordinary adverse weather events with tornadoes and flooding, and with more flooding looking imminent as the past […]

  • May 18 2011
  • 18 May 2011

Ask A Worthologist Question: Imperial Clock

Arnold H. bought this clock thinking it was a late 19th-century French example. Its previous owner didn’t know much about it, as it had been […]

  • May 10 2011
  • 10 May 2011

Second City Furniture: Good Stuff From Chicago

Chicago is frequently referred to as America’s “Second City,” although most Chicago residents probably don’t feel that way. But where the subject of older furniture […]

  • May 3 2011
  • 3 May 2011

Secondary Woods – Used For Economy But Also Used To Mislead

  In almost any conversation or article regarding older or antique furniture, sooner or later the terms “primary” wood and “secondary” wood or woods appear. […]

  • Apr 11 2011
  • 11 Apr 2011

Tough Turns – Getting Reluctant Screws to Give Up

In a previous column (Use the Screws to Help Identify the Age of Your Furniture), I recanted the history of screw making and how to […]

  • Mar 28 2011
  • 28 Mar 2011

Use the Screws to Help Identify the Age of Your Furniture

One of the most overlooked and least understood clues in establishing the date and authenticity of older and antique furniture is the story that screws […]

  • Mar 14 2011
  • 14 Mar 2011

Who Really Made It? Outsourcing in the American Furniture Industry

One if the most frequently asked questions about a piece of older and antique furniture is, “who made it?” That seems to be a reasonable […]