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Antiques Considered - April 1, 2015

An émigré couple in the Northern Neck brought this armoire with them when they came from Germany over 50 years ago. The family has owned the piece for over 150 years, and its overall condition is quite good, save for a few dings in the veneer. The wood is walnut, and the finish is original.  

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Antiques Considered - March 25, 2015

This Victorian chandelier hangs in the dining room of a prominent Northern Neck home.  The present owner’s cousins, now deceased, purchased it many years ago, had it electrified and hung.  The owners cannot find any indication of the factory that manufactured it.  The condition is excellent, and the shade is hand-painted.

Read more: Antiques Considered - March 25, 2015

Antiques Considered - March 18, 2015

My initial reaction is that with the elaborate French matting and attractive framing, these were a great buy.  The engravings themselves have pressed bordering, indicating that they are not pages out of a book.  The coloring is excellent, showing no signs of fading.

Read more: Antiques Considered - March 18, 2015

Antiques Considered - March 11, 2015

Continuing last week’s topic of appraising, one of the most important considerations is understanding the components of an item’s value.  Every antique has four aspects of value, and once grasped, the worth of the piece is much easier to calculate.

Read more: Antiques Considered - March 11, 2015

Antiques Considered - March 4, 2015

During the 15 years that I have been writing this column the question that readers ask most often is, “How do I go about getting an appraisal?”   The second most frequently asked question is, “Do I need an appraisal?”   The third is, “How much will it cost?”

Read more: Antiques Considered - March 4, 2015

 

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