Found 168 articles matching Furniture category.
  • Mar 23 2010
  • 23 Mar 2010

Vanity, Thy Name Is . . .

In Colonial America, having a decent place to get dressed was a serious problem. Decent mirrors, or even the decent plate glass for making them, […]

  • Oct 26 2009
  • 26 Oct 2009

Wood Shrinkage in Antique Furniture is to be Expected

The next time you visit a genuine antique furniture shop, pay particular attention to the concept of wood shrinkage. When a tree is felled it […]

  • Sep 15 2009
  • 15 Sep 2009

George Hunzinger’s 19th-Century ‘Patent Furniture’ is Easy to Identify

This rocking chair is an example made by the factory of Hunzinger was born in Germany in 1835 to a family that had been cabinetmakers since […]

  • Sep 8 2009
  • 8 Sep 2009

The Thrill of the Hunt: Netting a Rare Butterfly Table

A few years ago, Steve Fletcher—the lead auctioneer of Skinner Auction Gallery in Boston—had just accepted a glass of water and stepped down from the […]

  • Aug 13 2009
  • 13 Aug 2009

20th Century Casters – More Rust than Roll

One of the mysteries of the universe to me is “Why do so many 20th century pieces of furniture have wheels or casters on them?” […]

  • Jul 8 2009
  • 8 Jul 2009

Antique Furniture Tags: What They Say and What They Should Say

One of my favorite pastimes of course is antiquing; looking at and for antique furniture. One of my second favorites is reading the tags people […]

  • Jun 11 2009
  • 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 […]

  • May 26 2009
  • 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 […]

  • May 15 2009
  • 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 […]

  • May 12 2009
  • 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?), […]