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Welcome to SAPFM

For more than 20 years, The Society of American Period Furniture Makers has been committed to providing our members with the best in fine furniture making education.  We provide this service through our symposiums, publications, chapter meetings, and on-line resources. 

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Scott Severns

SAPFM President

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As we continue to define our new “normal for now” and work to solve issues many of us have never experienced, we can still walk into our shops and find some sense of normal. Personally it is my favorite place to be, there is nothing quite like the smell of coffee and sawdust.

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Visit our Members Gallery to view the many fine pieces built by SAPFM members. Many are museum reproductions. We hope that among these many masterworks you will find inspiration for your next build.

 

 

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American Period Furniture Throughout the Decades

 

Enjoy the Many Benefits of SAPFM Membership

Members enjoy the following benefits.

  • A subscription to our annual American Period Furniture Journal mailed each December
  • A subscription to our quarterly Pins & Tails e-magazine.
  • Participation in all local chapter events
  • Eligibility to attend SAPFM confrences and particapte in SAPFM exhibitions
  • Access to on-line resources including our library of articles, past issues of Pins & Tails e-magazine, and more
  • An online gallery where Members' work is displayed
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The Cadwalder Tea Table

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The recently discovered Cadwalader tea table, supplied by Thomas Affleck and carved by Nicholas Bernard and Martin Jugiez, was designed and executed in 1770 to harmonise with the bed.

Most notable in its design is the omission of the usual birdcage to allow a longer stem that accommodates a stopped flute, respecting the design of the bed posts.

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Bed post stopped flute compared to tea table stopped flute.

The tongue and leaf carved collar on the underside of the spiral turning on the bed posts is repeated on the piecrust edge of the tea table. The same punch mark decoration and acanthus leaf carving is also seen on both items.

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Tea table piecrust edge and bed post collar.
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Cadwalader tea table and bedstead.

Cadwalader Silver Waiter

As part of the ensemble a silver waiter was commissioned from John Carter II, 1769 - 70. This 9” diameter, scallop-edged waiter has an aesthetic synergy to the design of both the table and bed.

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;">Cadwalader silver waiter, John Carter II, 1769 - 70.
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Tea table piecrust compared with Cadwalader silver waiter

At this time Cadwalader imported silver costing £101 1s 4d through his London agent Mathias Gale.15

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