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Antique Furniture Basics

Antiques may be of many different kinds and of all the antique collectibles and furniture happens to be the most popular and practical choice. Antique furniture is distinct from other categories of antiques in the sense that no one collects the same type of object repeatedly. It means that you would not want to buy and collect only tables or chests and fill up your home with everything the same. However, you may have a specific liking to certain
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Jacobean Style Antique Furniture

Jacobean is a term used to cover all English style furniture from the reign of King James I to King James II. However, throughout this span of time Jacobean furniture showed markedly different influences. The earliest Jacobean furniture was influenced mainly by Elizabethan (1603 -1688) styled furniture. Commonwealth Style (1649-1660) marks the middle of the Jacobean Period, when the furniture was of simpler design and undecorated. The late Jacobe
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Some of the Antique Makers and Designers

The majority of English cabinet-makers are known to us only by their names; only rarely is it possible to say who made a particular piece. When this can be done it is for one of two reasons: either because the original bill has been preserved, or because the name of the maker was inlaid, stamped or printed on a paper label inside the article. The following are some brief notes on a very few of the more important designers and makers who worked in
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The Best Way to Identify Antiques

One of the most well known timbers is the Mahogany, which is mostly imported from the nations like Cuba, San Domingo, Bahamas and Honduras. It is red-brown. There are others trees that have come to be known as Mahogany but they are not actually Mahogany. Cuba produces the best variety of Mahogany during the second half of the eighteenth century. Mahogany is one of the best timber to work with and easy to maintain. At one time Queen Anne walnut f
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An Introduction to Antique Furniture

Furniture has been a domestic necessity in all civilisations, ancient to modern (and in-between) and has been produced in large quantities over the centuries. Developed from humble beginnings whereby the furniture was constructed out of simple designs by and large cut straight from one section of a tree to more advanced skilfully constructed pieces made possible by more advanced construction and woodwork techniques. The basic requirements and cat
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The History of Antique Wheelchairs

Modern wheelchairs are lightweight, customizable, and available for sports, battery-operated and constantly being improved. In spite of the modern feel of wheelchairs, they have been around in one form or another for much longer than most people would guess. Probably from the time that wheels were invented and the time that chairs were around, it was natural that the two would come together. If that seems like an exaggeration, then read on about
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Tips for buying antique furniture

For those who love a hunt, buying antique furniture from auction sales and garage sales is a great deal of fun. There is the thrill of finding an ornate piece of antique oak furniture or a mirrored side panel. Before setting out for antique furniture shopping, individuals should know something about the history of antique furniture and should be able to determine the true value of the pieces. It is only under such circumstances will an individual
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Antiques and Contemporary Home Decor Can Blend

Contemporary home décor is, of course, very relative notion. What is contemporary for you will be old-fashioned for your children. Now contemporary home décor means glass, minimalism, and plenty of storage for electronics. If you think that there is no place for your family heirlooms in the modern design of your house, think twice and you will find a way to integrate great-grandmother's Victoriana into a 21st century home. Small Things So
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Antique Furniture

An American view .. An antique is typically described as a curio or furniture that is more than a hundred years old. Many people like to decorate their homes with furniture that is antique in nature. Carved wooden ornamental and period furniture best represents this kind of ornamentation. Antique furniture predominantly with wooden carvings allows you to recreate a period lifestyle in your living room, making it distinctive and keeping with the s
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A Corner Chair Makes Odd Spaces Work

Whether you have a small space or you have an oddly spaced room that you're having trouble finding the right furniture for, a corner chair can help you solve the problem. Unlike conventional chairs which don't fit well into tight corners, corner chairs have backs on two sides making them comfortable to sit in when placed in a corner. These chairs work great in entries, kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms. One area that corner chairs are often us
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Antique Desk Furniture Historical Comparison

I finally realized it is not a Western desk; it is an English desk from the early 20th century. The clues are the wood itself and the hardware. English oak from this period has a distinctively different grain from the Golden Oak of American furniture of this period. The oversized hardware is also distinctly English. The odd pattern of shading was caused by someone stripping the original dark finish but giving the hardware areas a wide berth, crea
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What To Look For When Buying Dining Chairs

Dining chairs are an important feature of any dining room. Central to the functionality and usability of a given dining area are the table and chairs from which family interaction and meals can be enjoyed, and making sure that the chairs you buy are designed to last can be both tricky and critical to ensuring you can maximise enjoyment from your dining room for both yourself and your family. So what should you be looking for when you next buy din
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How to Spot Egyptian Antique Furniture

Egyptian men used two types of chairs. The first type was made of wood with a slight curved inwards seat. This design was probably to make for more comfortable sitting. This type of chair was built with three wooden legs, which curved outwards. The chair was of a simple design and purposely built for long term use. It could withstand constant daily rough treatment. This type of chair could easily be placed in a present day kitchen, and would not
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How to Spot Assyrian Antique Furniture

Assyrian art was similar in style to Babylonian art. The best-known surviving examples are sculptures and wall decorations in bas-relief, and colossal stone winged lions or bulls that guarded the entrances to palaces and other buildings. Assyrian furniture was also designed with animal shapes. Mainly of bulls, lions, and rams heads. Wood and metal sofas and tables inlaid with ivory were most common. The earliest Assyrian chair was made without a
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The Popular Styles And Influential Eras Of Antique Furniture

Gothic is often recognized as the earliest official furniture style, beginning in the 17th Century. Most gothic pieces were constructed of oak and featured simple, yet heavy, designs. It was directly inspired by the architecture at the time, rarely containing curved lines and focusing more on right angles. Some of the most admired gothic pieces originated in France and became known for their foliage detailing, such as vines. For the duration of t
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Antique American Furniture Of The 19th Century

American furniture of the 19th Century was directly influenced by English and French designs. Not surprisingly, many of the earliest woodworkers in the United States came from Europe, and brought with them an already-flourishing industry. A worldwide fascination with classical lines and intricately detailed designs had moved to North America and started what would become a fundamental part of history. The period of 1790 through to the early 1800
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Antiques Continue To Overwhelm People

Antiques are generally regarded as any item that is old and a collectible. The antiques have gained importance and popularity because of few prominent factors. These factors are rarity, age, their present condition, usefulness and the essence of a lost era. The antiques generally include objects, which are from specific era and carry the distinguishing features of that particular era. The age or civilization to which the antique belongs is a very
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The qualities of Amish made dining room chairs

Whether matching your high calibre Amish dining room table or replacing inferior dining or kitchen chairs, Amish dining chairs are your best investment. There is no other piece of furniture that we expect more from than our chairs. We plop down on them, drop food on them and yes, even stand on them. The quality of joinery and the process of production is imperative or your investment will be a loss in a few years of normal every day use. The Amis
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What Makes a Victorian Chair Elegant and Sylish Even Today

Whenever we talk of the elite Victorian Chairs, we have an undying image of the queen sitting on one of these classy seats and having her breakfast in a peaceful locale. Now, at present, the scene is no longer a reality and times have changed at a speed which can well be compared to the space age. Nonetheless, the undying legacy of the elite Victorian Chairs never fails to haunt the living rooms of the rich and famous, who simply love to boast of
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Antique Restoration is Both an Art and a Science

Antique furniture refers to those interior furnishings that are of significant age. Generally, these furnishings function as human support fixtures such as beds, tables, and chairs; or storage equipment such as cabinets, drawers, shelves, and the like. Apart from playing functional roles in the daily existence of men, antique furniture also function as decorations and designs in one's home. Antiques can also be in the form of religious or cultur
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