- Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 July 2012 14:35
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This antique scale belongs to an old Northern Neck family that once ran the store in which it was used. It has been in the family for over one hundred years, and is in excellent condition. The pan is tin, and the scale itself is steel, the family thinks, plated with nickel. The marble retains its original polished shine. It still measures things correctly, and the family uses it during summer months to weigh garden produce. Unfortunately, it bears no maker’s identification.
- Last Updated on Monday, 16 July 2012 17:07
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This etched glass lidded compote belongs to a lady I met many years ago. She acquired it at an estate sale here in the Northern Neck, and prizes it as one of her best pieces of glass. It is in excellent condition, and the base shows the correct amount of wear for its age. She is thinking of giving it as a wedding present, and wishes to know if its value is sufficiently significant, as she thinks the newlyweds might not realize its value.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 00:00
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This captain’s chair comes from an early Northern Neck home where it is one of a set of six. Unfortunately, three are in very bad condition, with spindles and rungs broken and unglued, and separation of the seat planks. The wood appears to be oak, and none of the chairs has a label or identifying mark. The owner is concerned whether the cost of restoration is worth the effort.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00
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A gentleman from Northumberland County recently purchased this chair, or should I say chair frame?, at a house sale for $25. Both the primary and secondary woods are walnut, and the frame is sturdy, although the finish on the arms in spots has been worn away. The fabric that has survived is not original, as evidenced by the previous nail holes in the frame.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 June 2012 23:21
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At times antique appraisal work is akin to detective work. This week we have a case in point. Many years ago a lady in the Northern Neck purchased this “blanket chest.” It is walnut with poplar secondary wood. When the top opens it reveals the interiors of the two front drawers. The hinges have some age, but are not original. The finish is original. The owner purchased it many years ago, and uses it as a television stand.
This piece is a fragment of what it once was, namely, an armoire. The base is simply the bottom of an armoire, and the lid is a side panel reworked into a new purpose. That the top opens to reveal the interior of the two drawers, rather than the space for blanket storage, is the giveaway.