• 11 Jun
    2009

Sometimes the Difference Between a Copy and an Original Isn’t Much

We are often asked about “Mission Style” furniture, people see a piece of Mission furniture by well known makers such as Stickley, Limbert or Roycroft on one of the many Roadshow-type television series and wonder what makes them so valuable and their own nameless pieces worth one-tenth the price. The answer is a combination of […]

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  • 26 May
    2009

Dirty Old Furniture Finish: Is It Seattle ‘Grunge’ or Is It Patina?

A few years ago I had an elderly lady walk into my antique furniture restoration shop with an unusual request. In a slightly embarrassed manner she told me that she knew this was a professional shop and this was how I made my living, but just this once would I sell her just a little […]

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  • 15 May
    2009

I Wish I Hadn’t Sold That: Items I’m Still Kicking Myself Over

Over the years, as an incurable metalware collector, I’ve discovered many interesting pieces. Since display space is at a premium within my home, it’s important to keep my collection a manageable size. That means that periodic downsizings are in order. It’s always hard trying to decide which pieces to relinquish. Each one has its own […]

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  • 15 May
    2009

How to Tell if a Eames Lounge Chair Has Been Repaired

Many sellers and buyers who are familiar with the design and history of the Eames lounge will tell you it is usually not a matter of if, but when the construction will fail. Because there are no screws protruding through the wood shells and holding the chair “together,” the design carries the inherent risk of […]

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  • 12 May
    2009

Telling the Age of Your Vintage (or Newer) Eames Lounge

OK, now that you have discovered if that Eames lounge is real or fake (The Iconic Eames Lounge Chair; Is That One Real or Fake?), how do you determine its age? Because these chairs were mass-produced, certain parts, pieces and custom orders floated from year to year, so using exact years to date an Eames […]

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  • 15 Apr
    2009

The Shakers’ Purity Extended to Style

Editor’s Note: The Shakers were, unquestionably, a very strange sect, but that didn’t stop them from producing what are now exquisite antiques. Let Robert Reed give you a primer on the Shakers and their beautifully crafted creations. For the Shakers, there were always two worlds. One contained their communities and the carefully crafted objects that […]

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  • 31 Mar
    2009

Reference Books for the Trivet & Pressing Iron Collector

It’s my feeling that among the most important tools on the road to understanding and fully appreciating trivets and sad iron stands are good reference books. The titles listed below are the ones I turn to most often . . . tried-and-true references that will probably become your favorites, as well. Although the majority of […]

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  • 27 Mar
    2009

An Internet Travel Guide for Trivet, Pressing Iron & Metalware Collectors

The search for information and for others with mutual interests is one of the most basic desires of the collector. I’d like to share some of my favorite Web sites from around the world. Many sites offer full viewing to nonmembers. Others require membership in order to access the expanded site. You are also invited […]

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  • 26 Mar
    2009

Stickley Furniture Crafted by Another Stickley

The best known Stickley furniture, and the most valuable on today’s market, hailed from the workshop of Gustav Stickley (1858-1942), the creator of the “Mission” style in North America. Because the style was such a success, Stickley’s brothers produced similar pieces in their firms: L. & J.G. Stickley, Stickley & Brandt, and Stickley Bros., but […]

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  • 23 Mar
    2009

Antique Art Furniture: The Aesthetic Movement

Furniture is sometimes described as being “functional art.” The functioning part is generally obvious. The table has to stand up straight, the drawers have to open and close and the bed has to keep you up at night. But the art part? Since the definition of what is actually art is so open to interpretation, […]

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