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  1. jacon4

    Eastern Shore Virginia- Chesapeake

    Probably the most iconic corner cupboards in America were made here during the 18th century, built by joiners, not cabinetmakers. These joiners were isolated by geography and continued making furniture all during the 18th century while on the mainland cabinetmakers replaced joiners who had been...
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    A Little Something for Everyone

    Christie's sale this month has a little something for everyone, from a Thomas Dennis pilgrim chest to a federal table by John Townsend, label dated 1797. Clocks,  late Classical, even a few victorian pieces, all in all, a very representative sale of American furniture that spans over 200 years...
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    Midwest Antiques Forum Weekend

    "Inaugural Midwest Antiques Forum to be held in Lancaster, Ohio May 13-15.               For the first time, museum curators, scholars, collectors, and members of the antiques trade will gather to share research on the early decorative arts of the American Midwest.  The Forum will be held May...
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    Dust Boards

    I am considering a Pennsylvania late 18th century walnut chippendale 4 drawer chest of drawers with ogee bracket feet, fluted quarter columns, original brass pulls & full dust boards. The only reason this chest interests me is because of the dust boards (yeah i know, I'm weird). Dust boards on...
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    Pilgrim/ Savell Chest

    There is an important piece of 17th century americana comming to market next week, a Savell blanket chest. Hopefully, Peter Follansbee will stop in and offer his opinion, analysis as he knows more than anyone alive today about this joiner from Braintree Mass. The listing...
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    Sulfur Inlay

    A really spectacular Lancaster Pa corner cupboard with sulfur & pewter inlay is up for sale at Skinner
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    Early William & Mary

    An interesting chest of drawers came on the market a few weeks ago, a chest i went after hard but lost, oh well, losing is a big part of collecting. This particular form chest was made in Boston between 1690-1720 by several different shops according to Frances Gruber Safford in her wonderful...
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    Since it's been slow on the forum lately i thought i'd ask about paint decorated pieces. One hardly ever sees paint as a finish discussed, how come? Considering that paint/dark stain dominated (according to john t kirk) until the last quarter of the 18th century in furniture finishing, one would...
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    Interesting article by Gregory LeFever on the history of nails.
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    Passing of an Era

    Last week, Brunk in Asheville NC sold the Thomas A Gray collection of antiques, most of which were previously owned by Frank L Horton, founding father of MESDA. It all started in 1949 at  Colonial Williamsburg Va when Joeseph Downs, then the curator of the American Wing at the Metropolitan...
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    OK, after lusting for a period american william & mary gateleg table for many years i finally scored last month, thanks most likely to snow storms which kept many collectors off line and unable to bid at auction. The auction title read "period colonial walnut W&M gateleg table" with top restored...
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    Single Board Tabletop

    Merry Christmas everyone, I just got a walnut slab to make a new tabletop for a period QA table, Anyone have any experiences/ suggestions with building single board tabletops. This top will be 24"W X 44" long or so, i would like to avoid cupping and or splitting of the top. Breadboard ends? no...
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    Woodworker Wanted

    HI, I am looking for someone within the Charlotte NC metro region to build/install a single board walnut tabletop for a period QA highboy base. The top that is presently on the table is pine and i want to replace it with walnut. james