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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

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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.

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Antiques Considered - March 23, 2011

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.

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Antiques Considered - March 16, 2011

As a general rule I do not use this space to describe reproductions, but this week I am making an exception.  A couple in Northumberland County special-ordered this piece to be made by Reese’s Antiques in Richmond back in the 1950s to meet the dimensions of the dining room in their 1874 home overlooking the water.  It is mahogany, and meets the traditional lines one should expect of an 1800-era piece.

This sideboard has value here in Virginia far beyond that of the average reproduction.  Reese’s Antiques on Main

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Antiques Considered - March 9, 2011

 

This elegant Victorian settee belongs to a collector in Tidewater.  He purchased it at an antique shop, and had it upholstered’ following the pattern of earlier coverings in a fine ecru damask.  The wood frame is walnut, and still has the original finish.

The loveseat dates from the middle of the nineteenth century, and is probably from a cabinet shop in the Mid-Atlantic region.  I would date it at 1850.  The ornate carving and elaborate design indicate a high level of

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