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This late American Empire four-drawer chest comes form a prospective buyer who is considering purchasing it for his family to use as a sideboard. The wood is walnut and the marble top is in perfect condition. Each of the drawers retains its original lock, but the white porcelain knobs are replacements. It has solid ends, and he thinks the finish is original. The secondary wood is pine.
This piece is a fine example of the quality furniture that American craftsmen produced in the early nineteenth century. It dates from the 1830s and certainly has an old, if not original, finish. The wood tone is excellent.
The only serious drawback is the replacement of what would have been brass, wood or glass pulls with modern kitchen cabinet knobs. I strongly recommend replacing them with ones in
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 October 2011 17:53
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A lady from New York inherited this loveseat many years ago. She had it reupholstered at that time, but without the tufting on the back. The frame is mahogany, and in the center of the crest is a nicely carved profile of a neo-classical make head.
This piece is a good example of the late American Empire period of furniture. It clearly anticipates the coming of the Victorian Era, but dates from 1840, the time of transition between the two styles. I recall about 10 years ago in the early days of this column we had an inquiry about a similar loveseat, which also had lost its tufting.
Often these loveseats came in pairs, and I suspect that this one did in that the miniature portrait is of a man,
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 15:49
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This plate was a recent gift to a gentleman who has long been interested in the history of the Chesapeake Bay. The donor acquired it at a bazaar, intending to give it to the present owner. It commemorates the centenary of the Baltimore Steam-Packet Company, more familiarly known as the Old Bay Line in 1940. The center depicts a map of the bay with highlights of the Maryland and Virginia shorelines.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2011 00:00
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This satin glass bowl comes from the estate of a gentleman from Hopewell whose family thinks he purchased it from an antique shop more than 50 years ago. It is a peachy rose base, and the brass stand is attached, but the bowl is not drilled to hold it. The bowl is in perfect condition, without any signs of cracks or chips.
The present owner has been unable to find a maker’s label on the bowl, and has no information as to where it originated, or how much the late owner paid for it. About 25 years ago the late owner took it to an appraiser who told him it was worth between $300 and $400.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 September 2011 00:00
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This Sheraton armchair comes from an Ohio family who settled in Washington before moving to the Northern Neck. It is mahogany, and has a slip seat, that is the seat can be “slipped” from the chair. In other words, the seat is not upholstered to the frame. It bears an old label from a Dublin moving company, but has been in this country for more than a