• 2
    Oct

Dating Antiques? Check the Joinery

Editor’s Note: The age and period of antiques can often be determined by the simplest details. Worthologist Fred Taylor examines drawer joinery and Mr. Knapp’s ingenious invention. One of the first things to be looked at when trying to determine the age of a piece of older or antique furniture is the type of joinery […]

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  • 11
    Sep

Late Classicism Antiques: Not Empire

There is a style of American furniture antiques that is consistently scorned by the upper crust of collectors and academics. Yet to its followers, the style is among the most innovative in history. It has retained enough popularity through the years that it has been constantly reproduced in almost every succeeding period of American furniture history.

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  • 4
    Sep

Understanding Antiques—The Arts and Crafts Movement Pt. II

Editor’s Note: This is the second of two parts on the Arts and Crafts Movement and its antiques and collectibles by Fred Taylor, our American Furniture Worthologist.

The Implemenatation

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  • 3
    Sep

Collecting clocks? Join the club!

If you like old clocks, are curious or just like to fix intricate mechanisms, have a look around at www.nawcc.org.

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  • 29
    Aug

Antique Seating: What Are You Sitting On?

Antiques very often have seating material that is—well you know— that woven stuff that comes in old chair seats. It’s not fabric, it’s not leather, it’s not cowhide, it’s . . . What exactly is it? That depends, of course, but first determine what it is not. More likely than not, it is not bamboo. […]

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  • 25
    Aug

Paperweight Collectibles Find a Following

Paperweight collectibles. If there ever was a collectible that hollered “Art for Art’s sake!” it was this one. Glass paperweights, with their colorful and complex designs, were always more aesthetic ornaments than functional objects to actually hold down paper or double as inkwells or toothpick holders.

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  • 24
    Aug

Antique English silver-plated candelabra (a pair)

I did post a blog a few weeks back, trying to date and identify this beautiful pair of silver-plated candelabra, standing approx 20 inches high. A lady called Anita suggested I try to find the maker’s name, but I don’t know where to look. Now I cannot find my original blog. These candelabra have been in my family (who originate from England) for many generations.

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  • 11
    Aug

Larkin and Hubbard: From Soap to Antiques and Collectibles

Ever since three nine- and ten-year-old chums and I (unbeknown to our parents, of course) ventured to walk the four or five miles through terra-incognita streets to Boston‘s Museum of Fine Arts, guided only by a Gulf Oil Co. street map, I was smitten by the antiquities, travel and collectibles “bug,” seeking the unusual.

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  • 23
    Jul

Consolidated Lamp and Glass Company: The Early Years (1893 to 1910)

This is the first of a series of articles on the Consolidated Lamp and Glass Company. Over the next few weeks I will cover the Art Deco period and art glass giftware line.

History

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  • 22
    Jul

Antique cast iron wall mounting candle or latern holder

This is a 19th century item that I bought from an estate sale. I have gone online to see if anything resembles this candle/latern holder. Some items I have seen resemble and are in the $800.00-1,000 range. My candle/latern holder swivels.

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