Antique Table Glossary

As a help to novice antique collectors we offer this beginning to a series of brief glossaries. The first edition pertains to some of the types of tables often referred to in antique collecting reference books. Sometimes antique books, particularly older ones, are insufficiently illustrated and can be quite confusing to the uninitiated.

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Some Hints for Detecting Fake Antique Furniture

A skill anyone hoping to become a serious antique collector must develop is the ability to detect fakes. Antiques have been big business for many years and anywhere that substantial amounts of money are changing hands there is sure to be the dishonest looking to take advantage of the inexperienced.

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How to Make Professional Restorers Cringe

On the pages of this zine, as any regular reader knows, we often offer advice for the antique furniture collector on how they can restore their own furniture. Generally the procedures described are simple, or at least reasonably so, and can be managed by all but the most un-handy of individuals. Not surprisingly . . . → Read More: How to Make Professional Restorers Cringe

Examining the Carcass: Cabinet Frames and Runners

When considering purchasing a heavily worn chest of drawers, cabinet, or cupboard, or when contemplating the ramifications of having given in to the impulse of buying a piece that might be beyond your skills to repair there are a number of factors to take into consideration. Some damage may look appalling but be . . . → Read More: Examining the Carcass: Cabinet Frames and Runners

When Furniture Isn’t What it Seems

No one would condemn the owner of a piece of antique furniture for restoring it and of course restoration is a vital part of increasing the value of an antique. However, think of it this way, if I replace the missing roll top from a desk that is restoration but what if I . . . → Read More: When Furniture Isn’t What it Seems