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How to help us identify your antique?
The old saying "A picture is worth a thousand words "is no truer than in helping to identify your prized antique.The abundance of questions on this site that do not go answered can be ...
by ntpd4
Identifying the age of Thonet chairs and other Thonet furniture
For several days, I have been looking over this site and everything else that Google can give me to figure out how to determine the age of a Thonet rocking chair I recently bought off Craigslist. ...
by ArtOfSitting
R-way Furniture Company
History of R-Way Furniture Company R-Way Furniture Company was a furniture company based in Sheybogan, Wisconsin. R-way Furniture was initially founded in 1881 under a different name - Mattoon ...
by Marra M
How to Determine when an Antique Armoire was Made ?
An armoire was once considered a very necessary piece of furniture in many homes. It wasn't until the middle of the 20th century that architects began including more closets into their designs. ...
by solarpowerman
Identifying “Famous Reproductions Of Old New England Furniture” By Conant Ball Co., Part 2
The paper label beneath the seats of our Windsor chairs, and originally somewhere inconspicuous on any piece of Conant Ball furniture, identifies the company in a circular logo. In the case of our ...
by Anne JMS
What do the stencils found on old furniture mean?
The stencils and or writing and stamping found on older furniture is very often of no use to the persons owning the item after purchase. The only real value would be for the manufacturer for ...
by Antiques RSA
Antique American "Brown Furniture" just not collectible any more.
Here is an interesting article about what is now called "brown furniture" which is the basic category of furniture that the current generation is being "handed down" and the current generation wants ...
by Probst54
Determining the age of antique furniture: Pine
Determining the age of antique furniture: Pine There are several factors to help pin down the date. This usually has to do with the widths of the wood, how it is joined together and what nails ...
by Probst54
Steps on how to restore an old Bridge/floor lamp
The first step to restoring a bridge lamp would be to figure out what you have, and what you may need to finish it. Next, would be disassembly. Now, with lamps like this, they can have any number ...
by The Stickman
Still More Treasure out there - plus a good lesson here for antique identification
Hi, I was at an auction in July, in Central Va. There were many normal things, a few imposters from China and a couple of bonafide gems. This one is a mid to late 1700s American Oak barley twist ...
by Probst54
The "Green Man" on J & J Kohn Bentwoods
After years of searching I finally came upon these two chairs by J & J Kohn. The company has an interesting history which was started by one Jacob Kohn and his son Josef in 1849. They became the ...
by Antiques RSA
Identifying American Furniture by construction techniques
I am starting a blog to discuss the characteristics of American Furniture construction as it relates to nails, screws, joinery, etc.
by Probst54
Bluebird furniture
Bluebird Manufacturing or Bluebird Line made furniture in the Los Angeles area. Most of what I've seen is from the 30's and 40's. I've had many of their pieces in my shop and here in L.A. We always ...
by Cracked Vessel Vintage
Update on dating Antique American Furniture (Pre industrial age) and other colonial items
Here are some handy links/pages from Eric Sloane's book called "Reverence for Wood". This book is a must have for anyone interested in American wood construction before the age of common nails, ...
by Probst54
Laced Thong Furniture (Part One)
Laced cowhide thongs have been used extensively in the RSA and Southern Africa as seating material for hundreds of years. Surprisingly, I never see questions or posts of similar items on this forum ...
by Antiques RSA
When does refinishing antique furniture not affect the value?
My own view on value and on how you determine value is definitely not monetary value only but a combination of factors which influence my decision: Historic value: ...
by Antiques RSA
Identifying “Famous Reproductions of Old New England Furniture” by Conant Ball Co.
Many decades ago, when we were starting our first home, we were fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time. The woman whose home we were considering, revealed a paint splattered ...
by Anne JMS
Writing Slope Restoration - (Part One)
Although not strictly considered as furniture writing slopes were in everyday use as far back as the 1600`s. They are also referred to as writing boxes and desks. Some also served a duel purpose ...
by Antiques RSA
Chamber Pots and Chamberpot Furniture
One of the members asked that I write a short article on chamber pots and furniture to hold a chamberpot. So before the age of indoor plumbing, people who were well to do, had chamber pots which ...
by Probst54
I have vintage furniture that I need to ship. What questions should I ask the freight company?
First of all, I always suggest getting several estimates as I have shipped furniture with widely varying estimates / prices!!! Before deciding which company to ship with, here is a list of ...
by WNCCaroline
Where is the best place to sell used furniture and get a good price?
Such a simple question has a very complex answer. My answer is "Know what you have first". If you have a child's rocker made in 1959 or a child's rocker made by Ramsdell or one made by Gustav ...
by Probst54
Sikes Chair
I bought this beautiful Sikes chair a few weeks ago and I refinished it to match my roll top desk. The original finish was honey oak. I refinished my chair in red oak to match my roll top desk I ...
by D156
FOUND - Paul McCobb Round Coffee Table
The furniture of the people ... Up early on a very rainy Saturday, I saw an estate sale sign on the road after picking up my morning coffee and with bleary eyes entered the 1920's bungalow stepping ...
by MCRobert
Hand made chess table with hand made chessmen
I just finished this. Oak and Brazilian Cherry tiles. The board fits on top of a wooden wine box and the legs are reclaimed walnut legs. Chessmen are made from old chair spindles and the base ...
by Probst54
School Desk
After reading the interesting post by Anne JMS - "Can an old desk speak" - I decided to post these images showing an old school desk which is somewhat different in design to anything I have seen ...
by Antiques RSA
Victorian Sewing Cabinet
I recently came across this sewing cabinet while browsing at a furniture dealers store. The asking price was a bit steep but I asked him if I could photograph the item and he duly obliged. At first ...
by Antiques RSA
Edwardian Drop - Leaf Table Surprise
Recently I responded to a post from some two years ago which involved a table with turned legs that did not match. One of the legs in the vertical position was not an exact match to the others ...
by Antiques RSA
How to refinish a Dixie bedroom set
Credit for this post goes to Dixie bedroom set. Here's how I refinished my Dixie bedroom set. I used a teak stain and the color is way better. I usually prefer not to use staining to preserve the ...
by Vale
Antique Melodeon
The melodeon is an invention patented to Jeremiah Carhart from Poughkeepsie, New York in 1835. He originally started working with reed organs, but it wasn't too long before he invented the ...
by Marra M
Renaissance Buffet Carved Like French Painting
This is a very cool example of a piece of antique furniture being inspired by an antique painting. A few years ago we found this gorgeous Renaissance buffet at an antiques market in France. We ...
by EuroLux Home
Restoring an old lamp base
This lamp was pretty much put together with pieces. But, it makes a fine old lamp. For these type shades, you will often find them with the decorative pieces bowing or popping off. I use epoxy ...
by The Stickman
How to fix the mirror frame in an antique vanity
Removing the mirror First: If you are going to do it yourself, be extremely careful or get an artisan/professional to assist you remove the mirror. No item is worth the serious injury that broken ...
by Antiques RSA
When is it ok to refinish antique furniture?
If you have ever asked when it is ok to refinish antique furniture, then you have probably been told "never". A novice might think that refinishing the piece would restore it to its original beauty ...
by Vale
FOUND - Rancho Monterey Dry Sink and Chairs
Makeover for the entry way ... The monterey furniture dry sink/bar and chairs were designed by the prolific and soon to be pioneer of California Mid-Century Modernism Kem Weber, built by the ...
by MCRobert
What To Look For When Buying Antique Bentwood Chairs For Restoration (Part One)
The question is often asked on the forum: Is this item worth restoring to the original or should I paint it ? Is it worth replacing the seat or reupholstering ? In this blog I will attempt to explain ...
by Antiques RSA
Value When Selling An Item
Even if the furniture is still a good value and functional, the antiques/vintage market is difficult for such things, for a variety of reasons, starting with the economic downturn in 2008, it is a ...
by Probst54
Still Plenty of Treasure out there part two October 28, 2015
If you have followed my blogs about stumbling over treasure and my affinity for the tavern table story - here is a brand new tavern table story along with the key attributes of a tavern table ...
by Probst54
Heywood Bros Swivel Chair
I recently completed the restoration of this magnificent example of an early Heywood Bros swivel chair. The company, originally from Wakefield, Mass. has an intriguing history and produced high - ...
by Antiques RSA
How to sell a large collection of furniture
For those of you who are selling a large collection such as an estate or for downsizing purposes ...my suggestion is to think about how much time you want to spend being involved in selling the ...
by WNCCaroline
Scratches and Cuts on old Furniture can be a good thing.
Antiques RSA Blog on the old school desk reminded me of my kitchen farm table. His desk has wonderful cut marks from pupils long ago. (Here is his School Desk Blog ...
by Probst54

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