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Determining the Value of Antique Furniture: Using the Five ‘F’ Words (7/14/10)
This Federal era work table circa 1810-1820 has a couple of hardware problems. The top left drawer pull is upside down. The escutcheon on the top drawer is from a much later period, after mid century. Federal tables normally only have key surrounds, not escutcheons.One of the most important determinants of value in an older piece of furniture, naturally, is the “condition,” which is … More >>

Art Glass Lamps — A Century of Elegant Lighting (7/10/10)
This Tiffany Seven-Light Lily Lamp with Gold Dore Base is one of the most innovative styles of the Tiffany lamps.  Originally selling for $80 100 years ago, it sold for $21,850 (including the buyer’s premium) in October 2006. A century ago, people who wanted to buy fine American-made electric lighting fixtures were presented with a bewildering array … More >>

Mersman Tables: They’re Everywhere! (7/5/10)
A Mersman Colonial Revival “surf board” lamp table features a lyre base popular in the Federal and Empire period of the early 19th century. (Courtesy Swedberg, “Furniture of the Depression Era,” Collector Books) Any antique shop that has more than three pieces of Colonial Revival furniture is almost certain to have a … More >>

The Collector’s Minute: GE Monitor Top Refrigerator (7/5/10)
The General Electric Monitor Top refrigerator, when it was first on the market, sold for a steep $300 in 1927. Today, one in good working order can sell between 1,000 and $5,000.  When someone mentions the words “Antique Refrigerator,” it’s usually the General Electric Monitor Top refrigerator that comes to mind. … More >>

Ask A Worthologist Question: A Long Case Clock (6/29/10)
Jennifer picked up this long case clock in Rhode Island. Her thoughts about the age of the clock were correct, but she was off about the origin. It’s not Early American but of Scotch manufacture.  Jennifer M. is trying to identify a grandfather clock she picked up. So she engaged WorthPoint’s “Ask a Worthologist” service, … More >>

The Piano – The Ultimate Functional Art (6/21/10)
The serial number of this piano is stamped into the soundboard and surrounded by the cast plate. It belongs to a Krakauer Brothers mahogany console made in 1946 using new post war plastic technology in the action.Furniture is sometimes referred to as “functional art.” In the case of the piano, perhaps it should be called “functional … More >>

Clean It Up but Keep It Original – Seven Hints on Restoring Antique Clocks (6/15/10)
Ken and Susan Markley, who run Old Timers Clocks on, have some great tips on bringing a luster back … More >>

Flights of Fancy – Imaginary Furniture Names (6/8/10)
This style of drop front desk is commonly, and erroneously, called a Gov. Winthrop desk.  A quick reading of selected world history reveals a number of events or artifacts that are identified with a … More >>

The Collector’s Minute: The Savonarola Style Chair (5/31/10)
This Dantesca-type savonarola chair, made during the late-19th through the first quarter of the 20th century, does not fold as the original versions did. This chair is a “Dantesca Chair,” a variation on the “Savonarola” style chair. The style gets its name from … More >>

Sweet Dreams: Henry Boyd Tester Beds Highly Collectible (5/24/10)
This walnut tester bed, made by Henry Boyd, features simply turned posts, a scrolled, curly walnut headboard, and a fine, old, dry surface, made circa 1845. It sold in 2006 for $6,325 (including a buyer’s premium.What do you sleep in? No, I don’t mean your apparel, but what type of bed? If you own a … More >>

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