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Antiques Considered - January 15, 2014

Recently a lady and her brother inherited several pieces of American Victorian parlor furniture.  The frames are walnut, and the condition of each piece is excellent.  The family members cannot use the pieces, and have asked how to value them for sale.

Read more: Antiques Considered - January 15, 2014

Antiques Considered - January 8, 2014

Over the past 14 years that I have written this column, I have received as many inquiries about how to proceed with antiques, as I have actual questions about specific pieces.  This week, rather than addressing an individual piece, I should like to answer some of these general concerns and questions.

Read more: Antiques Considered - January 8, 2014

Antiques Considered - January 1, 2014

These two small cloisonne’ bowls come from a Northern Neck family whose members have collected a large number of pieces.  Both are in excellent condition.  The other photographs also are interesting, but this one illustrates an important point in evaluating cloisonne’.

Read more: Antiques Considered - January 1, 2014

Antiques Considered - December 25, 2013

This secretary bookcase belonged to a lady from California who died earlier this year.  Her daughter has inherited it, and plans to keep it in her home in the Northern Neck.  The wood is mahogany, and the finish has been restored. The ends are solid, rather than paneled.  The secondary wood is pine.  One of the brass knobs on the upper drawer is damaged, but the overall condition is excellent.

Read more: Antiques Considered - December 25, 2013

Antiques Considered - December 18, 2013

A family in Lancaster County has asked about their ironstone tureen. It has its original plateau and ladle, and is in excellent condition except for a small chip on the lid and some discoloration on the base. They are interested in selling it, and would like to know how to price it, given the slight chip. The piece is unmarked as to the factory that made it.

Read more: Antiques Considered - December 18, 2013

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