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Antiques Considered - August 14, 2013

These four English copper lustre pitchers are part of a large collection belonging to a lady in the lower Northern Neck.  She has some that are as early as the 1840s and others as late as the 1960s.  Several are broken, and others are in restored condition.  These are a representative sample.

Read more: Antiques Considered - August 14, 2013

Antiques Considered - August 7, 2013

This week we have another painted piece of furniture.   It is a jelly cupboard, with old, if not original, buttermilk green paint that is worn quite heavily.  The owner asks whether to have the piece refinished, or to leave it as is.  From the places where the paint is worn off, he thinks the wood is cherry, and notes the sturdy construction throughout.

Read more: Antiques Considered - August 7, 2013

Antiques Considered - July 31, 2013

This step-back Sheraton or Empire chest was a purchase at a private estate sale by a gentleman who enjoys working on furniture.  It needed little attention, mainly cleaning the old finish, and re-gluing some of the glue blocks.  The wood is mahogany with the drawer fronts in burl veneer, and the secondary wood is pine.

Read more: Antiques Considered - July 31, 2013

Antiques Considered - July 24, 2013

This painted chest was a recent auction purchase by a gentleman in the Middle Peninsula.  It shows no signs of ever having had a mirror attached.  The knobs are replacements, the originals having been bails, as evidenced by the two drilled holes at each pull, one having been filled in before the piece was painted.  The wood appears to be oak or chestnut.  The piece has paneled ends, and the drawers are dovetailed.

Read more: Antiques Considered - July 24, 2013

Antiques Considered - July 17, 2013

A couple of years ago a Kilmarnock couple inherited this oak hall tree.  It retains the original finish and has all of the original brass-plated iron hooks.  The mirror is beveled, and the piece is in excellent condition.  The seat lifts to reveal a place for storing shoes.  As they cannot use it in their home, they are planning to

Read more: Antiques Considered - July 17, 2013

 

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