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An antique collector from Middlesex County recently acquired this pair of American Empire side chairs and the Chippendale walnut one-drawer stand. The wood of each is walnut, and he thinks the finish is original. The secondary wood of the table is pine. The chairs are upholstered in needlepoint, which is a twentieth-century addition. They are sturdy, and can be used without weakening their structure.
First, as far as the chairs go, they indeed appear to be from the 1830s or 1840s. The vase splat has good proportion, and the saber legs and
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This parlor chair comes from one of the earliest families in the Northern Neck. It has a mahogany frame, but as the owner had it recovered a few years ago, we cannot determine what the secondary wood is. The casters are brass, and the chair is quite sturdy.
This chair is transitional between the Empire and Victorian Periods, and dates from 1850. Fortunately, the recovering retained the original pattern of the tufting in the back. Undoubtedly, it was part of a parlor suite consisting of a sofa, gentleman's chair, lady's chair, at least two of these straight chairs, and
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This pair of Depression-era candlesticks comes from a family in the lower Northern Neck that has owned them since they were new. They are pale blue in color and in perfect condition. They are seven inches high, and have light wear on the bottoms.
Indeed these candlesticks date from the time of the Great Depression of the late 1920s and through the 1930s. They probably came to the Northern Neck by steamboat from Baltimore, the normal route for all
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A while back a gentleman asked me about this pair of inkwells depicting a turbaned Turkish couple in what an English potter thought might be a typical pose. At the time he thought they were Staffordshire, as had his parents, who had purchased them over 50 years ago. They are four inches high, and although multi-colored, the cobalt blue robes dominate the
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This bench belongs to a gentleman from the Middle Peninsula, who acquired it at the auction of an old farm estate. The wood is walnut, and allegedly it originally served as a milk bench. The auctioneer thought it was over 100 years old. The finish might not be original.
With the handle hole in the seat indeed the bench probably did begin its life as a milk bench, although it seems a bit wide for that purpose, and it is unusual that walnut would have been the wood of choice for such a piece. Normally, milk benches are in pine, and sometimes still bear the original coat of buttermilk paint, particularly