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This table is in the utility room of a family’s Northern Neck home. They are debating whether it is worth restoring, given its poor condition. In addition to the paint peeling off, the result of its long service as the winter repository for houseplants, the top has a separation between the two boards. Various family members have owned the table for nearly a century, and the present owners have sentimental bonds to it. They think the wood is maple.
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This pedestal and lamp are two pieces from a Northern Neck estate. The pedestal is oak, and originally was the newel post of the family’s Victorian home in Lancaster County. The lamp was originally oil, but the family had it electrified many years ago.
To look at the lamp first, it is American-made, and dates from the late nineteenth century. The brass appears to have been lacquered, perhaps at the time of
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This table comes from a gentleman in Middlesex County. He purchased it at auction some years ago, after which he found that the top was attached permanently with new wood to the column. He thinks that originally it was a tilttop that was modified. The wood is walnut, and the finish is old, if not original.
Almost certainly, the table was made in a cabinet shop as a tilttop. I have seen many such pieces that were converted from being tilttop after the hinge became broken.
If the top of the column happened to be broken from damage, often the easy fix was to saw the end off and attach the top firmly. From the presence of the new wood, that appears to be the case in this instance.
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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,