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Archive for June, 2009

  • Antiques – An Industry in Trouble?

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    With the current economic recession, it's no surprise that most of us are feeling the effects of depressed consumer spending. The antique market, which owes its very existence to value that defies age and somehow survives each generational recession, shows its own signs of a serious slowdown. Every month that passes by, mom-and-pop operations and even established dealers and antique…

  • Queen Anne Antique Furniture (1702-1714)

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    Named after the reign of Queen Anne (1702-1714), Queen Anne furniture saw the introduction of mahogany and the cabriole leg into English cabinetry. However, walnut remained the wood of choice for Queen Anne design. This post is the 3rd in a series of 7, continued from a discussion of Jacobean furniture.

  • Hand-Cut Vs. Machine-Cut Dovetails

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    Many people ask us how to tell the difference between dovetails that are cut by hand and those that are cut by machine. Once you know, it's fairly easy to tell.

  • Jacobean Antique Furniture (1603-1625)

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    So named for the reign of King James I (1603-1625), Jacobean furniture represents the beginning of modern English furniture and the end of all styles before that. Jacobean cabinetmakers invented the gate leg table and developed and perfected many of the basic furniture designs used today, such as fix-framed chairs and tables as well as framed chests with drawers and…

  • Antique oak and mahogany grandfather clock

    June 2009 Antique Furniture Arrivals

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    This month's container arrived a few days ago and we thought we'd share a couple of our favourite items with you.

  • Medieval, Tudor and Elizabethan Antique Furniture (pre-1485, 1485-1603)

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    Anybody who knows antiques and the reproductions that follow them knows that familiarizing yourself with various furniture periods can be a big help. That's why we decided to offer our readers a few useful summaries of the major furniture periods of England, starting with one of the first. This will be the first in a series of seven posts, so…

  • 5 Tips For Antique Furniture Buyers

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    We often see people who are in the market for antiques but don't know where to look, or how. This is partly because of common misunderstandings that can be easily cleared up by laying out a few fundamental guidelines for shopping in the antique and reproduction furniture market. So we decided to put together a helpful list of tips for…