• 19
    Oct

Ask A Worthologist Question: Plantation Desk

  Nearly 25 years ago, Jeremy B. hauled away an old desk in a Wisconsin feed mill. After a friend encouraged him to have it appraised, he turned to WorthPoint’s “Ask a Worthologist” service to see what he might have. The question was forwarded to me. Here is the question: “This desk was found holding […]

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  • 11
    Oct

German Immigrants’ Innovations Changed 19th Century American Furniture

Political turmoil is seldom something to be thankful for, but it sometimes produces positive results. The political unrest in Germany in the middle of the 19th century actually had a profoundly positive effect on American furniture construction and design for the next 50 years. A very large number of German craftspeople made their way to […]

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  • 4
    Oct

Missing Pieces—A.W.O.L. Furniture Parts

One thing to bear in mind while searching for your next antique furniture treasure is that this stuff, by definition, has been around the block a few times and the road has not always been smooth. Sometimes, old furniture—like old cars—tends to shed some parts when the going gets rough. And while some missing pieces […]

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  • 27
    Sep

Surface Saver: Protect Furniture Tops with Custom-Cut Glass

One of the endearing qualities of well-made antique furniture is that it actually can be used for its original purpose on a daily basis. Unlike some “collectibles” and hobbies, furniture is not just to be looked at and admired from afar. Certainly, there are rare and expensive forms and types that should not be used […]

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  • 15
    Sep

Collecting Federal Furniture: A Unique Style that Mirrors American Ideals

If you live in a Federal style home, filling it with Federal furniture just seems like a natural. I myself began collecting Federal era furniture in 1981, shortly after I purchased an 1814 Federal house—a long standing dream of mine. I first chose to appoint my home with period antiques simply because Federal furniture, with […]

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  • 14
    Sep

Ask A Worthologist Question: Alabaster Lamp

  Jason B., taking advantages of some really terrible weather during a sale of forfeited items at a self storage business, bought what he thought was a marble lamp. Not knowing anything about it other than it was wrapped in newspapers from the 1960s, Jason turned to WorthPoint’s “Ask a Worthologist” service to find out […]

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  • 30
    Aug

Rough Stuff No. 2 – Choosing the Right Sandpaper

In any discussion of sandpaper the words “coarse,” “medium” and “fine” always come up. Open any book on finishing or refinishing, or any do-it-yourself home reference book and you will find these terms used as a guide for the grade of paper you should use for a given project. But in the very specific world […]

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  • 29
    Aug

Luman Watson Clocks a Timely Addition for Collectors

  Time: We all worry about it; we all watch it; and none of us ever have enough of it. While most of us track the passage of hours and minutes digitally, many of us still have analog clocks, whether they’re a treasured heirloom sitting on the living room mantel or an uncle’s old wind-up […]

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  • 24
    Aug

Rough Stuff No. 1 – An Introduction to Sandpaper

Let’s assume that you have already been through the soul-searching exercise about removing patina and destroying the value of an antique by stripping and refinishing it. Fine. Read Fred’s Rough Stuff No. 2 – Choosing the Right Sandpaper. Now on to the real world, since most of us aren’t dealing with antiques when we talk about refinishing […]

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  • 16
    Aug

Don’t Get the Wrong Impression – Confusing Furniture Terms

I recently attended an auction where one of the items in the catalog was a Chippendale style, Colonial Revival mahogany china cabinet. At the preview, it appeared to be a nice piece; not terribly old but in excellent condition with no apparent problems. However, as I inspected the cabinet from a moderate distance I heard […]

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