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Antiques Considered - April 27, 2011

This parlor chair comes from one of the earliest families in the Northern Neck.  It has a mahogany frame, but as the owner had it recovered a few years ago, we cannot determine what the secondary wood is.  The casters are brass, and the chair is quite sturdy.

This chair is transitional between the Empire and Victorian Periods, and dates from 1850.  Fortunately, the recovering retained the original pattern of the tufting in the back. Undoubtedly, it was part of a parlor suite consisting of a sofa, gentleman's chair, lady's chair, at least two of these straight chairs, and

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Antiques Considered - April 20, 2011

This pair of Depression-era candlesticks comes from a family in the lower Northern Neck that has owned them since they were new.  They are pale blue in color and in perfect condition.  They are seven inches high, and have light wear on the bottoms.

Indeed these candlesticks date from the time of the Great Depression of the late 1920s and through the 1930s.  They probably came to the Northern Neck by steamboat from Baltimore, the normal route for all

Read more: Antiques Considered - April 20, 2011

Antiques Considered - April 13, 2011

A while back a gentleman asked me about this pair of inkwells depicting a turbaned Turkish couple in what an English potter thought might be a typical pose.  At the time he thought they were Staffordshire, as had his parents, who had purchased them over 50 years ago.  They are four inches high, and although multi-colored, the cobalt blue robes dominate the

Read more: Antiques Considered - April 13, 2011

Antiques Considered - April 6, 2011

This bench belongs to a gentleman from the Middle Peninsula, who acquired it at the auction of an old farm estate. The wood is walnut, and allegedly it originally served as a milk bench.  The auctioneer thought it was over 100 years old.  The finish might not be original.

With the handle hole in the seat indeed the bench probably did begin its life as a milk bench, although it seems a bit wide for that purpose, and it is unusual that walnut would have been the wood of choice for such a piece. Normally, milk benches are in pine, and sometimes still bear the original coat of buttermilk paint, particularly

Read more: Antiques Considered - April 6, 2011

Antiques Considered - March 30, 2011

 A local gentleman inherited this Victorian marbletop chest from his mother, who acquired it at an antique shop.  The wood is walnut with the center panels being in burl veneer.  It has what appears to be the original hardware and the marble is in excellent condition.  The casters also appear to be original, but the owner is uncertain as to the age of the present finish.  The piece exhibits no traces of having had an attached mirror and frame.

 The maker of this chest either left shortly after constructing it to fight in the War Between the States, or completed it soon after his return at War’s end.  In other words, it dates from the 1850s or late 1860s.  Undoubtedly, it was part of a large bedroom suite that probably consisted of a double bed, washstand, mirrored dresser, and armoire.

Read more: Antiques Considered - March 30, 2011

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