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  • The Whirling History of the Revolving Bookcase

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    Back in the late 19th century furniture styles and designs were changing rapidly due to increasing demand for antique furniture that could fill the functions of a more industrial life.  Books were becoming increasingly easy to acquire and more and more homes could afford to have larger collections.  Therefore, we benefited from several types of antique bookcases that came from…

  • Oyster Veneering – A Slice of Nature’s Beauty

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    Oyster veneering is one of those terms that is widely known within an industry such as ours but almost unheard of otherwise. We have been lucky enough to provide a line of beautiful oyster-veneered reproduction furniture almost since we started this company. Without fail, when I have a piece of oyster at a local show or am showing it in…

  • The History of the Chesterfield Sofa

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    Working in a furniture store that carries beautiful and comfortable Chesterfield sofas has its benefits, especially after a big lunch when all you want to do is plop down onto something soft and rest your eyes. After all, it's vital to our success that we get to know our products. One such "product test" (or "nap" as some would say)…

  • How to Make New Furniture Look Like Antique Furniture

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    One of the key features of our handmade reproduction furniture is hand-distressing, a method for simulating age and wear. In a sense, distressing is an art form: if poorly executed, it will completely ruin a piece of furniture, while properly hand-distressed furniture benefits from a remarkable level of character and charm that is very uncommon for new and fully functional…

  • Duncan Phyfe – The Man, The Style

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    Duncan Phfye was born in Scotland in 1768 and lived a relatively long life, passing away in 1854. At the age of 16 he emigrated to the U.S. and settled in New York. In 1794—at just 26 years old—he started his furniture making business in New York City. Mr. Phyfe quickly became one of the most renowned American cabinetmakers of…

  • Drawer Pulls by Period in English Antique Furniture

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    Hardware is one of many design features that have changed along with the passage of different furniture periods. Still, there is a distinct lack of information on this topic, since most discussions on period furniture tend to focus on woods, inlays, construction, and carving styles. So, I've put together a useful compilation of which drawer pulls were most commonly used…

  • How to Choose Wood Types in English Antique Furniture

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    Many people ask us for advice on which wood types to choose for their furniture. Basically, which wood you choose depends on the context: mahogany, walnut, yew, and elm, for example, are generally considered more "formal" wood types. Cherry, oak, and especially pine are usually used in country style furniture. However, these are only trends and guidelines—not rules.

  • How to Tell If Your Furniture Is Antique

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    This is a common enough question, but basically there is a standard set of elements to consider when determining whether or not your furniture is antique. Many people make the mistake of looking at one or two details while neglecting the rest, but judging antique furniture is a lot like judging a painting: look at the details, but also take…

  • English Antique Furniture Period Timeline

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    The concept here is pretty simple: a visual timeline of English antique furniture periods. You might notice that we've excluded 1650, which coincides with the English Interregnum, a tumultuous time at best. As a result, a distinct, post-Jacobean furniture period didn't really emerge until the turn of the 18th century.

  • Mixing Different Styles of Antique Furniture

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    One of the most common questions that we get is, "Can I mix different styles of furniture?" The short answer is a definitive, "Yes." However, there are some subtleties that have to be negotiated before deciding on what styles to use together.