• 7
    Feb

Revival Time – 19th-Century Furniture Styles

It is tempting to think of the 19th century as the “Victorian” century, as it is true that Queen Victoria sat on the throne of England for 63 of the 100 years, beginning in 1837. But as far as furniture is concerned, the century did not begin with Victorian furniture and it did not end […]

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  • 25
    Jan

Building a Reference Library – The Specifics

Previous editions of this column (view Part One: The Basics and Part Two: The Period) have dealt with building the collection for an antique furniture library. Those editions dealt with general books on the subject and with books for different periods in history. Now it is time to get down to brass tacks and talk […]

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  • 19
    Jan

Building a Reference Library – The Period

The previous installment of this column dealt with building the foundation of a furniture resource library based on accumulating a few selected books on the general subject of antique furniture. These generalized publications are necessary to give you the background to understand various styles and periods and how to identify them. Now it’s time to […]

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  • 10
    Jan

Building a Reference Library – The Foundation

Doing research on older and antique furniture has gotten a lot easier in some respects over the last few years. The Internet now offers a vast array of sites to look at and learn about particular items or periods. There are also a growing number of interactive “Bulletin Board” type sites that offer questions and […]

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  • 20
    Dec

Collector’s Minute: Santa Claus Andirons

Nothing says Christmas like a good Yule fire, and what would be more appropriate than Old Santa warming himself by the blazing fireplace in the form of figural cast iron andirons? Even though both pairs of andirons pictured above are virtually identical, depending on which pair you chose to take home would make the difference […]

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  • 20
    Dec

Odds ’N’ Ends: Why Do They Call It That?

In the everyday conduct of our affairs in the older and antique furniture trade, we often come across terms and references that we accept as just part of the lingo but almost just as often we have little or no idea what the reference or term really means or how it got to be called […]

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  • 14
    Dec

Is It An Antique? Who’s Asking?

A topic that invariably generates a lot of heat and a lot less light is the question of what qualifies as an antique. The use of the word itself is a little odd in that it is one of the few words we use to describe an object that doesn’t have anything to do with […]

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  • 7
    Dec

Panic Attack: Holiday Quick Fixes for Furniture

As the holidays roll around on a regular basis this time of the year, they are often accompanied by panic attacks, as the realization sets in that you are not really ready to host the big neighborhood party or to have a houseful of overnight guests usually accompanied by young children. You really meant to […]

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  • 16
    Nov

Top Security: Custom Table Pads

While modern taste in dining room tables, like modern taste in so many subjects today, varies considerably from household to household, the traditional format calls for a flat wooden surface supported by some type of leg or base arrangement. In medieval times, the surface was just that—a surface—composed of wide boards placed across trestles to […]

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  • 8
    Nov

Ask A Worthologist Question: Victorian Student Lamps

  As reward for helping some friends pack for a move, Susan M. received what she believed to be a Victorian library oil lamp. But after inspection, and without finding any maker’s marks, she thought she might have a reproduction. So she turned to WorthPoint’s “Ask a Worthologist” service to see what she might have. […]

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