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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
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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
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 April 2011 00:00
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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
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 March 2011 00:00
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 March 2011 00:00
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A family in the lower Northern Neck purchased this Chippendale gaming or card table at an antique shop in Richmond many years ago. They think the finish is original, as are the jackknife hinges, but the box underneath the top is missing, thus the identity of the secondary wood out of which it would have been made, remains unknown.