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Antiques Considered - April 25, 2012

A Northern Neck family has owned this four-drawer chest of drawers for a number of generations.  The primary wood is walnut and the secondary is poplar.  The hardware is not original, and the holes for the original knobs have been filled.  It has four well-turned feet, and solid ends.

This chest dates from the first American Empire Period of the second quarter of the nineteenth century, in this instance 1830.  As readers know, I usually consider a piece having solid, rather than paneled, ends to

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Antiques Considered - April 18, 2012

A lady, who is 91, owns this walnut spinning wheel, which has passed through a number of generations of her family.  It is in excellent condition with the original finish, but unfortunately the arm with the spool on it is missing.  The framed fabric in the background is a place mat made of flax woven on the spinning wheel.

Spinning wheels are not as popular as they were a half-century ago. Their collectibility has declined, in part because few people are spinning anymore, and they take up space without serving any functional purpose.  As with the larger flax

Read more: Antiques Considered - April 18, 2012

Antiques Considered - April 11, 2012

A Northern Neck family, with Piedmont area connections, has owned this stoneware crock for many generations.  It is a shade of gray-tan, and is in perfect condition, with no cracks or chips.  It bears no markings, but from measuring, the family has concluded it holds two gallons.  The shape of the lip on the top with the indentation below shows signs of the crock possibly once having a lid.

Read more: Antiques Considered - April 11, 2012

Antiques Considered - April 4, 2012

A couple originally from the Midwest inherited this Red Wing butter churn many years ago.  It is in perfect condition, and surprisingly has what appears to be the original stirrer, with great wear on the pole indicating it saw many years of good service.  Other than the Red Wing stamp, the piece is unmarked.

This churn is an excellent example of the stoneware made in Red Wing, Minnesota beginning in the 1870s and continuing until the last business closed due to a strike in 1967.   Red Wing is the city where many potteries operated, thus without more definitive evidence attribution to one of the many potteries that produced service pieces as well as dinnerware in the city is virtually impossible.

Here in Virginia Shenandoah Valley stoneware, which long antedates the production of Red Wing, is more collectible, but Red Wing has its own set of devotees, and its pieces command good prices.

Last summer at an estate sale we sold a four-gallon Red Wing crock for $400.  The buyer was delighted to be able to find one that large here in Virginia.  Ironically, the family that had owned the crock was also from the Midwest.  In both of these instances the pieces came to Virginia with the families that had purchased them in the

Read more: Antiques Considered - April 4, 2012

Antiques Considered - March 28, 2012

A Northern Neck lady, who formerly lived in the Shenandoah Valley, purchased this jelly cabinet many years ago.  The wood is walnut, and the simple hardware appears to be original.  The ends are solid, as opposed to being paneled, and the secondary wood is poplar.  The panels of the two doors are chamfered.  The owner thinks the finish is original, as she can find no drip marks indicating refinishing.

The cabinet is typical of Shenandoah Valley construction, especially with the use of walnut and poplar.  The architecture of the piece is excellent, and the iron handles of the drawers well could have been forged locally.

Read more: Antiques Considered - March 28, 2012

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