- Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 February 2012 16:16
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A gentleman in Middlesex County purchased this table at auction recently, and has done some repair work on it. He notes that the top is a replacement, using old wood that appears to have been re-planed. The apron still has the two swing arms that supported the previous two leaves.
This table dates from the mid-nineteenth century, and probably originated in the mid-Atlantic region. The late Sheraton legs are well-turned, and the new top boards
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 February 2012 22:38
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A Northern Neck couple inherited this butter crock from her family many years ago. It has the original lid, and most unusually, the original wire handle. The condition is quite good, considering that it was used on a farm for several generations. A couple of chips appear to have come from the time of the firing in the kiln, but otherwise the condition is excellent. It bears no maker's identification.
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A Northern Neck family recently brought this school desk down from a barn loft, where it had lain for more years than any of the family can remember. The wood is walnut, and the finish is original, although the felt on the top appears to be an old replacement. The interior is open, with a few cubbyholes. The owners would like to clean the piece and to replace the felt. They are questioning whether or not to leave the felt or not.
The desk dates form the 1870s, and reflects the earlier nineteenth-century Sheraton style in the turned legs. It is a schoolmaster’s desk, designed to give the teacher some privacy from the
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2012 16:06
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During the Saint Clement’s Island Museum Appraiser Fair ten days ago several people brought in some especially fine pieces of Roseville pottery. Today Roseville is one of the most collectible forms of American art pottery, whereas a generation ago it was not well known and had a small collector base. Most of the factory’s pieces, made in the first half of the last century, went on the market unsigned except for the embossed factory name on the undersides of the pieces.
The pieces at last week’s event were unsigned, but of superb quality. The bowl pictured is
- Last Updated on Monday, 30 January 2012 21:13
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This past Saturday I traveled over to the Saint Clement's Island Museum for the annual Appraiser Fair, as I have for the last 12 years. The Museum is one of the finest regional history presentations I ever have seen. The exhibits are first class, and the staff is impressively professional.