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Antiques Considered - December 28, 2011

This Victorian washstand comes from an estate in the lower Northern Neck.  The primary wood is walnut, and the secondary is pine. The pulls are original and the marble is in excellent condition. The finish appears to be original. The heirs are considering selling it as no one in the family wants to have it.

As Victorian washstands go this is a nice example.  The marble top, splashboard and two shelves are elaborate, and the pulls show good carving techniques.  Almost certainly, this piece once was part of a larger bedroom suite, consisting of a

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Antiques Considered - December 14, 2011

 An old Northern Neck family has treasured this chest for several generations.  It is burl mahogany, laid out in a pattern across the three lower drawer fronts.  The pulls are original, and the ends are paneled.  The marble top with its serpentine front that is replicated in the three small upper drawers is in excellent condition.  Unfortunately, it shows the filled holes, which previously were the openings for dowels that supported glove boxes and a mirrored back.  

This chest began as a bureau with its mirrored back. 

Read more: Antiques Considered - December 14, 2011

Antiques Considered - December 7, 2011

This table is in the utility room of a family’s Northern Neck home.  They are debating whether it is worth restoring, given its poor condition.  In addition to the paint peeling off, the result of its long service as the winter repository for houseplants, the top has a separation between the two boards.  Various family members have owned the table for nearly a century, and the present owners have sentimental bonds to it.   They think the wood is maple.

Read more: Antiques Considered - December 7, 2011

Antiques Considered - November 30, 2011

  This pedestal and lamp are two pieces from a Northern Neck estate.  The pedestal is oak, and originally was the newel post of the family’s Victorian home in Lancaster County.  The lamp was originally oil, but the family had it electrified many years ago.
To look at the lamp first, it is American-made, and dates from the late nineteenth century.  The brass appears to have been lacquered, perhaps at the time of

Read more: Antiques Considered - November 30, 2011

Antiques Considered - November 23, 2011

  This table comes from a gentleman in Middlesex County. He purchased it at auction some years ago, after which he found that the top was attached permanently with new wood to the column. He thinks that originally it was a tilttop that was modified. The wood is walnut, and the finish is old, if not original.

 Almost certainly, the table was made in a cabinet shop as a tilttop. I have seen many such pieces that were converted from being tilttop after the hinge became broken.

If the top of the column happened to be broken from damage, often the easy fix was to saw the end off and attach the top firmly. From the presence of the new wood, that appears to be the case in this instance.

Read more: Antiques Considered - November 23, 2011

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