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Antiques Considered - February 13, 2013

These three brass candlesticks come from an old Northern Neck family. The pair is 15 inches high and the single one is 12 inches. The owners polish them once a year, and are concerned whether they are damaging the patina by so-doing. All three have their original ejectors.

Read more: Antiques Considered - February 13, 2013

Antiques Considered - January 30, 2013

Last Saturday I participated for the twelfth time in the Saint Clement’s Island Museum’s Appraiser Fair at Colton’s Point, in Saint Mary’s County, Maryland.  I was happy to see a good contingent of Northern Neck regulars present as well as to have the opportunity to inspect some great antiques.

Read more: Antiques Considered - January 30, 2013

Antiques Considered - January 23, 2013

Victorian shadowbox frames remain popular despite the downturn we are experiencing with most Victoriana.  This large walnut one comes from a family here in the Northern Neck.  It has what the family thinks is the original glass, in part because the silvering has some spots and lines due to age.  The family is considering replacing the mirror.  The frame is rusticated, and the gilt gesso liner retains its original finish.

Read more: Antiques Considered - January 23, 2013

Antiques Considered - January 16, 2013

This Victorian walnut marbletop chest belongs to a Northern Neck family with roots in the Midwest.  It is in excellent condition, and the family thinks that it is complete, showing no evidence of having had an attached mirror or splashboard.  The secondary wood is poplar.  The ends are paneled, and the finish is original.

Read more: Antiques Considered - January 16, 2013

Antiques Considered - January 9, 2013

A lady from the Midwest inherited this secretary bookcase, which has passed through her family for several generations.  It is walnut, with poplar secondary wood.  The interior is elaborate, with many cubbyholes and small drawers.  The family thinks the finish is original, but the somewhere along the road the back has been replaced with plywood.

Read more: Antiques Considered - January 9, 2013

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