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Antiques Considered - June 9, 2010

A gentleman who specializes in locating log cabins, dismantling them, and reassembling them in new locations, acquired this door many years ago, intending to use it, but never has found a place for it.  It came from an old Victorian home in Irvington, and has not been painted, but retains the original varnish.  The oval glass has a two-inch bevel, and all the pieces of the dentil work are in tact.  The smaller doors pictured at the bottom are mahogany, and from an early twentieth-century yacht.
This door dates from the late nineteenth or early twentieth century.  The wood appears to be cypress, and the separation of the joints is easily fixable.  The finish is not in good condition, but the absence of paint is a decided plus.  A skilled joiner could make the door work in a restoration of an older home, or in the construction of a new one.

Architectural antiques are quite popular, as witnessed by firms that specialize in them exclusively.  We regularly receive e-mail advertisements from a firm in Chicago that has an enormous inventory, and sells nationally. If not sold locally in the Northern Neck, I suggest putting this one on the Internet with a price of $250.
The two ship’s doors might sell well in the same venue.  Restoration of vintage yachts is a growing business.  These two, although lacking their glass pieces, are worthy of inclusion in such a project.  They are worth $75 each in their present condition.  They would require refinishing to make them suitable for inclusion in a present-day yacht restoration.
Caravati’s in Richmond is Virginia premier restoration supply source, located in a huge warehouse with thousands of interesting items.  Whether buying or not, they are worth a visit to see the vast array, and learn how re-cycled features can find new life.
Happy antiquing!
Lisa and Henry Hull operate Commonwealth Antiques and Appraisals, Inc. at 5150 Jessie DuPont Hwy. 22570. (P.O. 35). Wicomico Church, VA 22570. Write to them there or e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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