• 11
    Mar

Make Your Antiques Furniture Work for You

Owning an antique, whether it be a piece of jewelry, a vintage automobile or a dining table from the early 19th century, is a rewarding and fulfilling proposition. Pride of ownership is apparent in most people lucky enough to possess such treasures, and that pride is displayed as often as the piece. Owning a piece […]

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  • 24
    Feb

Durable, Colorful Victorian Trade Cards

Victorian Trade Cards are an interesting type of ephemera to collect, as companies in the late 1870s to early 1900s distributed these cards as a form of advertising. So just about any consumer product of the Victorian era can be found promoted on a trade card. The fronts of these cards were humorous, decorative or […]

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  • 20
    Feb

The Keys to Antique Furniture Locks

Most of us who are interested in antique furniture have, at one time or another, run across what seemed liked an intractable problem at the time: the locks on an antique chest or desk. The usual approach is to either ignore the locks or take the attitude that if the key is around, great, if […]

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  • 9
    Feb

An Introduction to Marine Timekeepers

This article could also be named “An introduction to transportation clocks,” because these types of clocks were used by navigators, meaning travelers, explorers and mapmakers to identify their locations by using the correct time and location of the heavenly bodies to pinpoint their whereabouts. However, mariners were noted in history to be the most prolific […]

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  • 2
    Feb

The Tale of Old Nails

One of the key ingredients in the process of determining the age of a piece of older or antique furniture is how the wood is assembled to produce this functional work of art. Drawers are typically put together using various methods of wood joinery, i.e. dovetails, scallop joints or rabbets. Older case goods generally employ […]

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  • 2
    Feb

‘Go-Withs’ Enhance Kitchenalia Collections

                  What’s a “Go With?” It’s any complementary piece that adds interest to a collection. One category that comes to mind is kitchenalia, pieces of which can provide the perfect accent to many collections. If future resale value is important to you, then select items that are […]

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  • 30
    Jan

Discussing Sheraton and Victorian Furniture with Will Seippel

By Tom Carrier WorthPoint Worthologist EDITOR’S NOTE: Brimfield, Mass., is a small New England town with a population of about 5,000 or so. Settled in 1706, it shows its traditional New England quaintness rather well. It has its large, steepled church, and with the leaves of autumn or the snow of winter, looks the part […]

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  • 23
    Jan

The Red King—Mahogany in Antique Furniture

By Fred Taylor WorthPoint Worthologist When you think of “period” antique furniture, what first comes to mind? Chippendale? Sheraton? Hepplewhite? Phyfe? Of course. These are all direct word associations with the phrase “period,” and with much justification, since these are some of the all time great names in furniture history. But another word belongs right […]

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  • 20
    Jan

Party On with Inaugural Collectibles

In the mood to party, but it’s too late for New Year’s Eve? Too early for the Super Bowl? How about an inauguration shindig complete with Obama collectibles destined to become family heirlooms? (Remember, there is nothing in the Constitution that says you have to party on Jan. 20. That’s only the swearing-in.) To set […]

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  • 14
    Jan

Know Your Antique Furniture Terminology Part 2

As with the last list of words (Antique Furniture Terminology Part 1), you probably know most of these, but don’t always remember them at the right times. I welcome receipt of your favorite word or phrase to perhaps incorporate in some future column of “Greatest Hits.” You can email me at info@furnituredetective.com. Armoire — One […]

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