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SubjectDate Asked
Mahogany Dining Table3/23/2017
  Q: I see two stamps on my table - one from John A Colby & Sons, and one from Colony House. I understand ...
  A: Ethan - That is confusing. Colby's used the name John A. Colby & Sons from 1885 to the mid 1940s. ...
Cadillac Desk Table 2403/22/2017
  Q: Mr Taylor, Greetings from Atlanta Ga. I found your name in my search to identify origin of a desk ...
  A: Doug - You have done your homework well. Your early 20th century Cadillac desk is Mission style, ...
Would like to know more on this table3/21/2017
  Q: Good afternoon, I inquired this table about 12 years ago from my great grandmother and I was ...
  A: Sheila - Wm A. Berkey was formed in Grand Rapids in 1859. In 1950 it was sold to John Widdicomb Co, ...
Appraisal of my swivel rocking chair3/18/2017
  Q: Mr. Taylor. I saw a swivel rocking chair by the road near my house with a "FREE" sign on it. After ...
  A: Patricia - Your chair appears to be a glider rather than a swivel rocker. A swivel rocker rotates ...
Frank and sons rocking chair3/8/2017
  Q: Taylor, I have an old rocking chair and I was wondering if you could tell me anything about it? ...
  A: Ted - Frank & Sons was located at 470 Park Ave S, New York in the early 20th century. Your platform ...
Martha Sewing Cabinet2/20/2017
  Q: I have acquired an old Martha Sewing Cabinet. It has a metal tag inside that says Scholle's ...
  A: Laura - I assume you mean a Martha Washington sewing cabinet. Martha's original sewing cabinet was ...
Smoker Cabinet2/8/2017
  Q: My boyfriend and I purchased this cabinet at an auction and are looking for information about the ...
  A: Daniela - Smoking stands were first popular around the turn of the century and then the popularity ...
Rocking Chair1/18/2017
  Q: I bought this chair recently at an auction. What can you tell me about the style and the approximate ...
  A: Linda - Your spindle back chair is a "faux" Shaker rocker. It looks somewhat like a Shaker but it ...
Brandt Cabinet Works Octagon table1/12/2017
  Q: I have recently acquired this unique table. I have searched and searched to find if it's an antique ...
  A: Joanna - Your table is typical of many "occasional" tables made during the Depression era of the ...
Antique rocking chairs with footrest12/4/2016
  Q: We have an antique rocking chair in the family and would like to know more about it and its value. I ...
  A: Robert - Your rocker with footrest is from the Golden Oak era of the turn of the 20th century. It ...
Early American Buffet11/21/2016
  Q: I recently bought an antique buffet. I've done hours of research and have yet to find any facts. ...
  A: Daniel - Your buffet is a factory made Colonial Revival reproduction of a Sheraton style Federal era ...
Maker and worth11/4/2016
  Q: I was hoping you could tell me the maker of this hutch/secretary and what the worth might be. It is ...
  A: Cheryl - Your cabinet is called a breakfront secretary. It is a Colonial Revival reproduction of a ...
Demilune chest10/29/2016
  Q: I'm hoping you can help me identify the manufacturer of this darling Demilune. I believe the veneer ...
  A: Victoria - I cannot identify the maker of the chest. If you plan to strip and refinish the cabinet ...
Red six drawer chest10/24/2016
  Q: I was given a red six drawer chest many years ago from A.H. Heilmann company. It has dovetailed ...
  A: Teri - A. H. Heilman was in business in Williamsburg, PA from 1870 to 1929. Your chest appears to be ...
Scholle's Chicago Twin Bed10/17/2016
  Q: I came across a beautiful twin size bed this weekend. It has a metal tag, Scholle's Chicago. Can you ...
  A: Cindy - Scholles was a department store so there is no way to know who made the bed. It is from the ...
Wood Chair with curved arms10/9/2016
  Q: I bought this chair a while back and am wondering if you can help me with the style and or period of ...
  A: Randi - Your chair is a variation of the Savonarola chair. Savonarola was an Italian priest burned ...
worth10/6/2016
  Q: I have this full size bed and on the back of it stamped B.F co. Just curious whats its worth
  A: Diana - Thanks for the photo. Your bed is from the Depression era of the 1930s. It is made of walnut ...
walnut bed frame9/16/2016
  Q: can you tell me how old the bed frame is and its current value. does have tag still attached from ...
  A: Michael - Your bed frame appears to be from the Depression era of the 1930s. It has walnut veneer on ...
Kaplan reproduction tamour9/14/2016
  Q: Greetings: this tambour was purchased by my mother some time before 1950. It's in very good ...
  A: Nancy - Kaplan reproductions are some of the best quality reproductions out there. Unfortunately the ...
Crocker Chair Company Rocker9/11/2016
  Q: I have come acrossed an old rocking chair in my grandma's barn. She has since passed and no one ...
  A: Apry - Thanks for the photos. Crocker Chair Co was formed in Sheboygan in 1865 but burned to the ...
Johnson-Handley-Johnson Company End Table9/10/2016
  Q: Taylor, I own a J-H-J, Co end table (attached). The hand-written numbers on the underside are 3301. ...
  A: Richard - Based on the HJH logo your table was made in the late 1940s to early 1950s. HJH material, ...
Bedroom furniture9/2/2016
  Q: This suite was my parents. I found a tag the said Sturdevant Furniture Company Toledo Ohio. It is ...
  A: Vicki - Your set is what we now call Art Deco. It was called Art Moderne when it was new in the ...
John A. Colby & Sons8/30/2016
  Q: We inherited a bedroom set from my husband's aunt years ago. There is a tag that says John A Colby ...
  A: Carolynn - John A. Colby & Co, founded in 1879, changed its name in 1884 to John A. Colby & Sons. ...
Antique Chair8/29/2016
  Q: My parents (now deceased) had several antiques which we have kept in storage and about which we are ...
  A: Barbara - Your chair is part of a three or five piece parlor set from the turn of the 20th century. ...
Indonesian Mahogany Secretary8/26/2016
  Q: I recently acquired this piece. I was told it is an Indonesian Mahogany Secretary, but that was the ...
  A: Denise - Your bookcase secretary is a recent import from Indonesia or Malaysia, within the last 30 ...
1930's China Cabinet8/25/2016
  Q: I have recently acquired this piece and was wondering what you might be able to tell me about it. I ...
  A: Denise - As you surmised the cabinet is from the 1930s, over decorated as was the style. It features ...
Round table with glass serving tray8/23/2016
  Q: This table was my grandmothers and it is now mine after her death. On the bottom of the table are 4 ...
  A: Albert - Your table is a cocktail table made of walnut. The serving tray became very popular ...
what type ofnchair do i have. and maybe the value.8/20/2016
  Q: I have purchased these chairs. Knowing nothing about them What can you tell me about them. The tag ...
  A: Mary - Your chairs are Colonial Revival reproductions of Federal period chairs of the early 1800s, ...
Antique chair8/18/2016
  Q: I was given 4 chairs and trying to get info on them. Stamped underneath is 134 Mah 144 Wine. What ...
  A: Syndie - Your chairs are Colonial Revival reproductions of Federal period chairs of the early 1800s. ...
Taybro Curio with desk and drawers8/2/2016
  Q: I've tried to research information on Taybro Furniture Company and haven't been successful. I've had ...
  A: Vanessa - I could not read the label - too blurry. I am certain this is an English made piece. The ...
Mersman Furniture7/27/2016
  Q: I have two pieces of furniture that are manufactured by Mersman. One is a desk the other a table. ...
  A: Helen - Your desk is a very early form from Mersman, early 20th century. It is made of quartersawn ...
Table7/26/2016
  Q: I have an old dinning table that was my grandma's. I always thought it was a Duncan Phyfe, but the ...
  A: Kristine - Duncan Phyfe (1768-1854) was a Scottish cabinetmaker who came to America in 1784 changing ...
Berkey and gay7/9/2016
  Q: Just got this table someone was throwing away and saw the berkey and gay mark on it and narrowed it ...
  A: Brian - Your table is called a "draw leaf" table and the form was one of the earliest forms of ...
Side Board Buffet7/8/2016
  Q: Please can you tell me anything about this i know its made in statesville,NC
  A: Jim - The buffet is from the Depression era of the mid 1930s. It is made of walnut veneer and a ...
Rocking Chair6/28/2016
  Q: Is this another reproduction? ...
  A: Jody - No ideas where it was made. It was factory made. The stencil designs were part of the "Early ...
Antique rookie. I have a Berkey and Gay ....Sideboard?6/1/2016
  Q: I came across this clearing through some old family belongings. I wanted to know if you could help ...
  A: Georgette - Your piece is called a server, used as additional space in the dining room. It is made ...
Platform rocker Age, Make, Value?5/24/2016
  Q: I would like to find out more information about my rocker. The age, manufacturing origin, and value. ...
  A: Tom - Your oak platform rocker was made around the turn of the 20th century, 1890-1910. Animal ...
antique buffet5/20/2016
  Q: Looking for info on an old buffet i found.. has stamped numbers on each drawer and one has a ...
  A: Melody - Your buffet is from the second quarter of the 20th century and has no antique or collector ...
Frank and Son Rocking Chair (pair)5/15/2016
  Q: My father is downsizing and we located a pair of Frank and Son Rocking chairs that had been stored ...
  A: Manuela - The chairs are Colonial Revival reproductions of Colonial period turners chairs of the ...
Antique Buffet Table5/2/2016
  Q: I have recently revarnished a table that has been in the family for years and was told because of ...
  A: Shelly - Your table is called a “davenport” table. It was made in the Depression era of the 1920s ...
Angelus Furniture antique leaf table4/16/2016
  Q: My husband and I would like to know more about the table we purchased today. There is a moving leaf ...
  A: Valerie - Angelus Furniture Co opened in Los Angeles in 1901. It has been through several owners. ...
Berkey & Gay Buffet3/26/2016
  Q: I recently picked up a Berkey & Gay buffet at my church's annual antique sale. I did a little ...
  A: Stephanie - Berkey & Gay was one of America's most prominent furniture makers. Located in Grand ...
Antique (?) Sewing rocker3/21/2016
  Q: A friend gave me this rocker many years ago and said it was from the late 1800's. The seat is cane ...
  A: Joan - The low armless rocker became popular in the late 19th century as a chair devoted entirely to ...
dinning set3/20/2016
  Q: I bought this set and I dont know much about it! I found a date on the runners of the table. I want ...
  A: Chantel - The set is from the Depression era of the 1930s. The style is part of the Colonial Revival ...
United Furniture Corporation3/16/2016
  Q: I am looking for any history on this dresser. Maker Stamp states "UNITED Furniture Corporation" Any ...
  A: Jeanine - Your dresser was factory made in Lexington, NC. It is not an antique. Based on the ...
Please help3/7/2016
  Q: I found a chair at an antique store and I am not able to find a marker or patent number. I am ...
  A: Morgan - Your platform rocker is from the turn of the 20th century, circa 1890-1910. Even though the ...
Age of my dresser3/5/2016
  Q: I have had this dresser for years (not the first owner), I like it's antique Asian style. In a ...
  A: Jizhe - Bernhardt was founded in Lenoir, NC in 1889. The company specialized in making sturdy oak ...
Doernbecher furniture2/27/2016
  Q: I recently bought a piece of Doernbecher furniture that I believe to be a buffet or sideboard. I ...
  A: Rachel - Frank Silas Doernbecher worked in Portland, OR from the late 1890s to at least World War II ...
Mcdougall Cabinet.2/26/2016
  Q: My grandfather recently passed down to me his grandmothers "hutch" as he called it. I was trying to ...
  A: Shelby - Your cabinet falls in the broad category of "Hoosier" cabinets, so called because most of ...
Heywood Wakefield Chair2/24/2016
  Q: I hope that you may be able to help me in determining the age and value of this darling HW chair ...
  A: Lesley - Your chair is a vanity chair used as a bench to a vanity. The style of the chair is very ...
Maddox couch back table1/31/2016
  Q: I just picked up a couch back table at a second hand store. It has a Maddox Table company sticker. ...
  A: Tony - Your table is called a “davenport” table. It was made in the Depression era of the 1920s and ...
Antique Rocking chair1/30/2016
  Q: I have an antique Oak quarter-sawed large rocking chair with the seat and both sides of the back ...
  A: Stanley - Your oak rocker was factory made around the turn of the 20th century, 1890-1910. The metal ...
Library Table1/29/2016
  Q: I have a desk and library table that a friend would like to purchase from me. I can't remember what ...
  A: Laura - Your library table is actually a davenport table. It was made in the Depression era of the ...
Michigan Chair Co. - Chair Inquiry1/28/2016
  Q: I appreciate that you have significant expertise in American antique furniture, and would like your ...
  A: David - Your hall chair is a "face" chair from the very early part of the 20th century. You did not ...
Approximate age of this chair1/27/2016
  Q: I was given this chair and am trying to figure out more about it. Am guessing it is mahogany and ...
  A: Tracy - Your chair is a factory made Colonial Revival reproduction of an 18th century Chippendale ...
Slider Table Info.1/26/2016
  Q: My wife and I have had this table for several years and were thinking about refinishing it to bring ...
  A: Chris - Your table is a draw leaf table where the leaves are "drawn" from under the main top. The ...
Robert W Irwin Desk1/25/2016
  Q: I have a Robert W Irwin Drop Leaf desk, There is a coin/badge inside that has a picture of what ...
  A: Shayne - Robert W. Irwin acquired 100% of Royal in 1919 and combined it with Phoenix Furniture to ...
Davies-Putnam1/24/2016
  Q: I need some information and I'm hoping you can help. Can you tell me anything about the ...
  A: Dawn - A brief entry in the book "Grand Rapids Furniture - The Story of America's Furniture City" by ...
Antique cedar chest1/18/2016
  Q: I'm trying to see if there is any possible way for you to give me the answer to the age of my cedar ...
  A: Karen - Your cedar chest is Art Deco style with a "waterfall" front. Waterfall refers to the shape ...
Sligh antique bedroom set12/25/2015
  Q: as can be seen in the attached image we have a bedroom set from sligh of a dressing table,high ...
  A: Andrew - I could not identify the logo either. However, it appears that the set was made in the ...
Bed question12/24/2015
  Q: I was wondering if you could tell us anything about this bed. We got it out of a very old house and ...
  A: Jim - The bed is from the early 20th century and was probably a hospital bed. I do not believe that ...
question12/23/2015
  Q: This is really an interesting piece of furniture. I believe it is a Maddox kidney shape desk. How ...
  A: Noel - The finish on your desk is nitrocellulose lacquer. It was the go to finish on furniture from ...
3-tier table12/13/2015
  Q: Taylor, I have a 3-tier plate stand I think it was called by Ferguson Bros mfg in Hoboken. It's in ...
  A: Heidi - Your table is called a dumbwaiter. A dumbwaiter was used in 18th century dining rooms. It ...
Muscoda Manufacturing Table11/29/2015
  Q: I purchased a table around 15 years ago and want to sell it now. It lists Quality Tables - Muscoda ...
  A: Deborah - Your table is an Arts & Crafts/Mission style library table from around 1910-1915. It is ...
Cigar humidor/smoke cabinet11/24/2015
  Q: I picked this up at a local market sale this past weekend to use as a side table next to the reading ...
  A: Noelle - Smoking stands were first popular around the turn of the century and then the popularity ...
Vintage Bassett China Cabinet10/22/2015
  Q: I read a post about a basset China cabinet and you stated it was from either the 1940s or the 1950s. ...
  A: Ashley - Your cabinet is a Colonial Revival reproduction of a Federal breakfront, not a china ...
Stickley Bros. Day Bed10/15/2015
  Q: we found a sticker on the wood slats indicating it was Stickley Brothers Quaint Furniture of ...
  A: Amanda - Your bed would be called a day bed or a hired man's bed. It was a common feature in ...
Chairs with Tiger Eye backs10/11/2015
  Q: Purchased these chairs at yard sale and took all the old stain off and recovered them but can't ...
  A: M Embry - Your two chairs are part of an Empire Revival parlor set from around the turn of the 20th ...
Seaburg Cedar Chest10/10/2015
  Q: I recently purchased this Seaburg Cedar Chest at an estate sale for $35. I have been trying to find ...
  A: Jane - Seaburg was formed in Jamestown, NY in 1903 and operated until the late 1940s. Here's the ...
Armoire10/7/2015
  Q: We were given an old armoire/chifferobe by a friend for my daughter's bedroom we are redoing. I have ...
  A: Meghan - Your cabinet is a chifferobe. A cabinet that has a door on one side (or in your case both ...
Claw foot parlor table10/5/2015
  Q: Can you help me identify this table? It's different from what I've seen.
  A: Karen - Not sure what you have seen but this table is pretty routine. Made of birch with a mahogany ...
Cushman creations footstool 90389/29/2015
  Q: They say there are no stupid questions but try this one. I know nothing abt antiques (obviously) but ...
  A: Merry - Here is the history of Cushman. ...
Empire Furniture China Cabinet9/18/2015
  Q: I have a china cabinet from Empire Furniture Co. out of Huntington WV. This was my mother in laws ...
  A: Tammy - The cabinet is from the Depression era of the 1930s. The style is William and Mary, ...
Empire Buffet Table9/14/2015
  Q: I recently bought a house that was built in 1935. The seller said this buffet table was in the house ...
  A: Jennifer - Your sideboard is from the Depression era of the late 1920s to late 1930s. It is made of ...
Info on piece9/13/2015
  Q: This furniture piece had a Orange colored "sticker" on back and says Maddox, any idea the age of ...
  A: Stephen - Maddox of Jamestown, NY was a maker of Colonial Revival reproductions of Federal period ...
Vintage/Antique Round Side Table W-Drawer & Metal Feet9/12/2015
  Q: I have acquired a very interesting table, but can't seem to find any information on it. The label ...
  A: Audrene - The maker probably was Wabash Cabinet Co. although there are a number of furniture makers ...
nichols & stone rocker9/8/2015
  Q: I would like to know the value of my rocker
  A: Nancy - Your N&S rocker is a Salem style Windsor rocker decorated in Hitchcock style stencils and ...
Chittenden & Eastman round oak table with wood casters9/6/2015
  Q: I bought this table and was delighted to find out the co. was in burlington IA. My grandma grew up ...
  A: Shanel - Chittenden & Eastman was primarily a maker of mattresses. Here is the company history. ...
Pair of Great Ledge Charis8/26/2015
  Q: Can you tell me the approx. date this chair may have been manufactured. There is a label on the ...
  A: Lori - Are you sure that label says "Great Ledge" and not "Grand Ledge"? I am not familiar with ...
Kaplan Table, Chairs, Buffet and Hutch8/25/2015
  Q: I have a dining room table, four side chairs, two end chairs with arms, a buffet and a china ...
  A: John - Your set is a Colonial reproduction of Chippendale and Federal period furniture. The chairs ...
Side Table8/23/2015
  Q: I picked up this little end table at a yard sale recently and it has no markings on it. The quality ...
  A: Kaitlyn - Your end table is a record cabinet from the late 1940s. It is made of mahogany veneer ...
Knechtel furniture's age?8/22/2015
  Q: More often than not in Quebec, the use of the expression "American" encompasses Canadian as well. ...
  A: Sev - Your cabinet is called a breakfront secretary. Your photo is very dark but it appears to be ...
Value of Three stack of Globe Wernicke barrister bookcases?8/19/2015
  Q: I have the opportunity to purchase a set of globe wernicke stacking barrister bookcases. The glass ...
  A: Pamela - C units were made in 9 and up in the US but your cabinet is Canadian made and Canadian and ...
Help identifying couch and chairs8/15/2015
  Q: While cleaning out a relative's basement I found a couch and chair hanging from rafters. They have ...
  A: John - The loveseat and chair are the remains of a three or five piece parlor set from around the ...
Wisconsin Chair Company8/12/2015
  Q: I picked up a Wisconsin chair company chair today at a shop for 25 bucks. I have looked online to ...
  A: Kevin - Here is some good history on the company. http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM1X71 Your ...
phoenix chair company table8/6/2015
  Q: I found this table and was wondering if you know anything about it? I have tried to search around ...
  A: Mirrisa - The 742-DLT ( Drop Leaf Table) was offered by Phoenix Chair Co in 1929. It is illustrated ...
Mersman Octagon Table8/5/2015
  Q: This table was handed down by my grandmother. The photo was downloaded from the web but my table is ...
  A: Rick - Your occasional table from Mersman was made in the late 1920s. It was one of many similar ...
James Town Table Company desk with hutch7/22/2015
  Q: I have been looking for a China hutch for storing sets of China and I ran across this piece it has a ...
  A: Virginia - That cabinet is called a breakfront secretary. It is made of mahogany veneer and has been ...
sleigh bed value question7/16/2015
  Q: Fred, Glad to see you are available today. I have a sleigh bed (double) that I need to know an ...
  A: Ben - Your bed is an early 20th century reproduction of a mid 19th century Empire sleigh bed. You ...
antique chair7/10/2015
  Q: I bought this chair 40 years ago. The seller said it was from Yale Law School.I would like to know ...
  A: Ann - Your chair is a Gothic Revival style armchair of the late 19th century. The Gothic period was ...
Quarter Sawn Oak Buffet6/25/2015
  Q: Fred, I was fortunate to buy the buffet shown below at auction recently. I am a hobbyist refinisher ...
  A: Gary - Your buffet is actually called a "server." It was used in the dining room as a backup buffet ...
B.P John Furnature6/24/2015
  Q: I have a large white dresser and a small dresser that go together. I was going to give them to ...
  A: Dede - Bruno Paul John was a German immigrant cabinetmaker who worked for the Doernbecher Furniture ...
chair, origin, value6/23/2015
  Q: I have asked for info about furniture from you before, and you gave me great info! Hope you might ...
  A: Robin - This is a little out of my area of expertise since it is an English made Windsor chair. (As ...
Louis Rastetter folding chairs6/15/2015
  Q: I recently purchased 4 wood folding chairs with the 5 horizontal bar back. number 426 on the bottom ...
  A: Dawn - Patent number 1926840 was issued in 1933. That is the earliest the chairs could have been ...
Berkey & Gay Dinning Set6/14/2015
  Q: Just wanted to know about this dinning set cant seem to find one like it on line? Value and Style I ...
  A: Paul - 1929 sounds about right based on the emblem. However, that emblem was used from 1929 until ...
Saginaw Pull Out Table6/12/2015
  Q: I inherited a piece of furniture. A Pull Out Table manufactured by Saginaw Furniture Shops. This ...
  A: David - Saginaw Furniture Shops was formed in the 1920s by a Lithuanian immigrant named Ginsburg ...
Saginaw furniture hutch6/11/2015
  Q: I have this hutch I got from my grandma. It has a Saginaw Furniture Company sticker and is numbered ...
  A: Jackie - Your cabinet is called a "breakfront." If the top drawer opens to a slide out desk surface ...
antique rockingchair with swingout drawer6/9/2015
  Q: I got this little beauty free from craigslist. I refinish wood furniture as a hobby. I was ...
  A: Jon - Your chair is a sewing rocker from the early 20th century, circa 1915-1920 or so. I can't ...
Re- caning Taylor Wing Rocker6/5/2015
  Q: I found a "Taylor Wing Rocker" at a resale store and would like to know how to attach the cane in ...
  A: Marilyn - Not sure I completely understand the question. I assume you know how to recane using sheet ...
Secretary with side bookshelves6/1/2015
  Q: This Secretary, which I believe is referred to as a Slant Front, has been in the family since it was ...
  A: Geoff - Your cabinet is called a bookcase/secretary. The form of the double bookcases was popular in ...
Old bedroom furniture5/27/2015
  Q: Taylor, I have attached a couple of photos in hopes that maybe you could tell me what kind ...
  A: Shawn - The style of your bedroom set is called Art Deco, a term coined in the 1960s. When the style ...
Antique Chair?5/26/2015
  Q: I'm wondering if I have stumbled onto an antique. The four-post chair sits low to the ground and ...
  A: Pamela - Your chair is not an antique. It is from the 1960s/early 70s in the style with the ...
Inherited furniture5/11/2015
  Q: We have a sideboard & "library " table that were our grandparents. We are trying to determine value ...
  A: Janet - Your sideboard is a Colonial Revival reproduction of a Hepplewhite style Federal period ...
Mahogany Association Inc. #255 china cabinet5/9/2015
  Q: I have a China Cabinet with sticker by "Mahogany Association" with a serial #255. Is there any way I ...
  A: Maribeth - The master list of Mahogany Association members has been AWOL for many years. I have been ...
antique rocker5/8/2015
  Q: I have a small rocker with Crocker Furniture Company sticker still on the bottom. It is Birdseye ...
  A: Melody - Your chair is a sewing or nursing rocker. The low armless rocker became popular in the late ...
Empire Furniture Co. buffet4/30/2015
  Q: Would appreciate your assistance in the value of this buffet that belongs to my mother. My parents ...
  A: Donna - Thanks for the photo. The buffet is a style usually manufactured in the mid to late 1920s so ...
Antique Buffet with Konvenio Drawer4/9/2015
  Q: Fred, I am refinishing the buffet shown in the picture below. I would appreciate your feedback on ...
  A: Gary - The cabinet is made of different cuts of walnut veneer. The photo is too dark for me to ...
Wingback chair4/8/2015
  Q: I have a cane, wingback chair that I'd like to sell. However, I'm not sure what the value even is. ...
  A: Diane - Your chair is from the 1920s. Two examples are shown in the book "Furniture of the ...
old heart back wicker rocker with skirt4/7/2015
  Q: I don't know anything about my recent purchase. I paid $20 and have cleaned off alot of the old ...
  A: Jimma - The design of the chair - the heart shape, the whorls and the full skirt - indicate a date ...
oak tierd table3/27/2015
  Q: Can you please tell me anything about this table?
  A: Charles - While I have never seen you table exactly, several pieces in Nancy Schiffer's excellent ...
Antique Mission Rocker3/22/2015
  Q: My husband has had this old rocker in our basement for YEARS. I would like to sell it but know ...
  A: Kim - A slight correction - the chair is not Mission style. It is from the same era as the Arts & ...
key3/9/2015
  Q: We have lost the key to the bottom cabinets of our corner hutch. The logo on the inside says Finch ...
  A: Ginnie - First try the easy stuff - borrow a few keys from an antiques dealer or auction house. They ...
old rocking chair3/8/2015
  Q: I have a really old rocking chair that belonged to my great grandmother. I've never seen one like it ...
  A: Nicole - Your platform rocker is made of maple and was made in the mid to late 1950s.It has no ...
Antique or Vintage walnut Dinning table3/2/2015
  Q: I have a walnut dinning room table that was gifted to me from my aunt.I remember eating at this ...
  A: Earl - Your table was built to look like a Federal style fold over game table but it expands to a ...
Antique Kiel Desk3/1/2015
  Q: Washington! My name is Michael and I found you and this site while doing a Google search. Anyway, ...
  A: Michael - Thanks for the additional photos. Your desk is actually a library table or foyer table. It ...
antique furniture2/28/2015
  Q: I have Lammerts Furniture of Character sideboard and my question is if it considered antique ...
  A: Ivan - Your sideboard is from the Depression era of the 1930s and is not considered to be an ...
Honor-bilt Cedar Chest2/26/2015
  Q: I bought this cedar chest from a Goodwill for $30 about a month ago. I bought it because it still ...
  A: Lindsay - Honor-bilt was the house trade name for Sears cedar chests. The style of your chest is Art ...
Spindled Rocker2/22/2015
  Q: After rescuing 3 rockers from impending doom, I was not in the market for yet another rocker....but ...
  A: Beth - Your rocker is made of birch or maple and was factory made around the turn of the 20th ...
Vintage Cabinet1/21/2015
  Q: Fred I am restoring and refinishing a large two level vintage cabinet that has multiple layers of ...
  A: Gary - The imprint on the back of the door refers to the U.S. Patent Office, not the U.S. Post ...
Crocker Chair Company Solid Walnut gate leg table.1/19/2015
  Q: I have a table I just recently got and am trying to get info about. Any info will be greatly ...
  A: Dixie - Your table with the narrow top when closed is called a "Sutherland" table or a "tuckaway ...
Bookcases1/13/2015
  Q: I want to send pics of some bookcases I have stumbled upon. I am curious to know if they may be ...
  A: Chris - You can send clear photos to me as .jpg files at info@furnituredetective.com. Please send ...
Robbins Table1/11/2015
  Q: I would like to text or email you some pictures of my Robbins Table that has been in my family for ...
  A: Billy - If you can send me some clear digital photos of the table as well as any labels I will be ...
Berkey Gay 2-piece bedroom set & Empire Case Goods Shaving Mirror1/10/2015
  Q: I have these pieces, passed down from family members. Do you think it's worth trying to ...
  A: Margot - Both pieces are very good quality pieces that have already made it 70 years or more. Good ...
dining table1/8/2015
  Q: This was my grandmother's dining table. She told me it is an 18th or early 19th century table made ...
  A: Will - The table probably is from the late 18th/early 19th century, at least parts of it are. I have ...
Settee1/7/2015
  Q: I recently bought a settee at a garage sale and the woman selling it knew nothing about it. I can't ...
  A: Beth - You have a twentieth century reproduction of a mid 19th century Rococo Revival style ...
Colonial Revival "Duncan Phyfe" half table1/4/2015
  Q: This table was a hand-me-down from my husband's late grandmother, who worked as domestic help for a ...
  A: Tina - Nice looking table. It is called a "demi lune" (half moon) table. It was probably used as a ...
Antique secretary/side-by-side12/28/2014
  Q: I was wondering if you can take a look at the picture I sent of a secretary that's for sale at our ...
  A: Emily - The bookcase/secretary is from around the turn of the 20th century. It is part of the Golden ...
Berkey & Gay full size painted bed12/23/2014
  Q: I am the recipient of an old full sized painted bed and have no idea of the value or if I should ...
  A: Carol - Most of the B&G furniture of this era, 1920s and early 1930s, was hand painted by Japanese ...
Hide a bed table12/13/2014
  Q: I have table/bed I am interested in finding out if it has any value. Thank you in advance for your ...
  A: Margaret - Your "hide a bed table" is a 20th century Depression era (circa 1935) version of the late ...
Taylor's comfortable rocker #27312/12/2014
  Q: I have aquiired this beautifully crafted mission style rocking chair and am hoping to find out it's ...
  A: Diana - The Taylor Chair Co of Bedford (Cleveland), OH is reportedly the oldest furniture maker in ...
Antique twin bed12/11/2014
  Q: I have just received an antique bed from my mother. The bed has the marking "American Walnut, Atlas ...
  A: Annie - The company was founded in 1882 but the label you mention is from the Depression era of the ...
Vanity Dresser With Mirror12/2/2014
  Q: I'm trying to remove the mirror support from a 1940s wood vanity. I see a metal disk underneath each ...
  A: Jamesia - Your vanity is a Colonial Revival reproduction of a Federal style piece of the early ...
Empire slant front desk with bookcase11/30/2014
  Q: I am pretty sure the bookcase does not originally go with the desk as they are different styles but ...
  A: Valerie - The design of your bookcase secretary is a combination of several styles including Empire ...
Knoxville tables11/29/2014
  Q: The dimensions on this table are 29" x 36" x 20.5". Are you able to tell me the estimated value ...
  A: Heather - Your foyer table, identified as such by the height, is from the Depression era of the ...
Ferguson Card Table Set11/26/2014
  Q: I bought a card table and four folding chairs recently. It has all the original labels on the seat ...
  A: Rene - The Ferguson Brothers Manufacturing Company made furniture in Hoboken, NJ from 1898 - 1953. ...
cavalier cedar chest11/23/2014
  Q: Can you give me a time period to my cavalier cedar chest and value. Pat 565 ser. 2746
  A: Nikki - Your Art Deco style waterfall cedar chest is from the 1930s to late 1940s. Waterfall refers ...
Frank and Sons chair11/19/2014
  Q: I have this Frank and Sons chair with a 1 cent Dept of Labor Inspection stamp on the bottom. The ...
  A: Joe - Here is the history of Frank & Sons. ...
barrister11/4/2014
  Q: Last night i bought a Macey Barrister Bookcase. It has inside in Gold Macey with 811 on it. It is ...
  A: Adrian - I have already given you the history of Macey in a private email. Now that I can see a ...
Phoenix Chair Company Chair11/2/2014
  Q: I found this Phoenix Chair Company chair at a resale shop for $7 -- I thought it was just adorable! ...
  A: Kristin - Your chair is a hoop back (shape of the back) brace back (the two extra braces that ...
Henredon sofa11/1/2014
  Q: I am wondering approximate age & value of this Henredon sofa. It's in immaculate condition, nearly ...
  A: Kristine - My area of expertise is American antique furniture. Your sofa is a bit too contemporary ...
Antique Desk10/12/2014
  Q: This is a picture of my great grandmother's antique desk. I had it as part of a set with a bookcase ...
  A: Tara - Your grandmother's desk or vanity (since it has matching bench) is not actually an antique. ...
Buffet and cabinet10/5/2014
  Q: Any additional information is appreciated . Thank you
  A: Nicole - Your two cabinets are from the Depression era of the late 1920s top late 1930s. The style ...
J.F. Dietz Wooden Desk9/29/2014
  Q: I am trying to determine the value of a large J.F. Dietz wooden desk. It still functions beautifully ...
  A: Anne - Your desk appears to be from the Depression era of the 1930s to the immediate post War period ...
antique vanity9/28/2014
  Q: I have had this vanity passed down to me and know nothing about it. Please let me know anything you ...
  A: Natosha - Your three mirror vanity is from the Depression era of the 1920s/1930s. The date will be ...
help identifying dining set year/material9/27/2014
  Q: I bought an old dining set of 6 chairs (2 captain) dining table, with 2 leaves and a hutch- china ...
  A: Chantal - Your Bassett set is from the 1970s in Italian Renaissance style. There is a very good ...
Saqinaw Expandable Buffet Table9/21/2014
  Q: I inherited a Saqinaw Expandable Buffet Table. This table was originally bought by my Grandmother in ...
  A: Ruth - That cabinet was part of the Expand-O-Matic or Expandaway line of furniture by Saginaw ...
antique bedroom set9/16/2014
  Q: About when was it made? Does it have a name, company or style? How much does it sell for? 1 vanity ...
  A: Cathy - Both pieces are Colonial Revival reproductions of Federal stye furniture of the early 1800s. ...
Antique Dresser and Table9/15/2014
  Q: I have two pieces of antique furniture that I would like to know more about. One is a dresser and ...
  A: Sara – Your dresser is actually a buffet for use in the dining room. The entire set was made during ...
Thomasville chair company sideboard9/11/2014
  Q: I acquired this beautiful piece, but I have little information about it. The inside of the top ...
  A: Constance - Your sideboard is a Colonial Revival reproduction of a Federal period piece of the early ...
Wisconsin Chair Company Chair No. 1829/1/2014
  Q: We have a Wisconsin Chair Company chair (not rocker) that I have been trying to research, but have ...
  A: Hollie - Thank you for the excellent photos. Your chair was made after the Wisconsin Chair Co burned ...
Mission style rocking chair8/30/2014
  Q: Good Afternoon Fred, I have had this chair for thirty-five years. I believe it is oak, painted ...
  A: Gretchen - Your Mission style oak rocker was factory made, probably in the Midwest, late in the Arts ...
Mersman Step Side Table8/28/2014
  Q: I recently acquired this Mersman Step Side Table -- 7375 Any information you can offer is ...
  A: Denise - The 7000 series was made by Mersman in the 1950s and 1960s. Tables like yours were ...
Wooden Chair8/26/2014
  Q: I am looking to find out the age and value of a wooden chair. It has a Murphy Incorporated, ...
  A: Daniela - In 1877 Canadian chair maker Michael J. Murphy moved his business into the Detroit factory ...
Chifferobe with ball feet8/20/2014
  Q: Greetings, I have my grandfather's chifferobe that has some parts where the finish is down to the ...
  A: Margaret - The ball feet, called turnip feet, are an indication of the William and Mary style of ...
rocker8/18/2014
  Q: my neighbor gave me this rocker, i can not find any markings on it at all and know nothing about the ...
  A: Colleen - Your chair was factory made around the turn of the 20th century. Plywood was a relatively ...
dining room set and hutch?8/16/2014
  Q: I bought this set a long time ago from my brother and his wife. I believe they said it was of the ...
  A: Grace - What you are calling a hutch is actually a sideboard. A hutch is an open shelf vertical ...
Walnut Vanity8/13/2014
  Q: I have had this vanity for years. I did refinish it probably 20 years ago. It has the original ...
  A: Stella - Your photos are a little "hot" so I can't see all the details but from what I can see it ...
Federal mahogany dining set8/10/2014
  Q: We bought a dining set a few years ago from a friend, the dining set was her great grandmothers. We ...
  A: Sheena - Great looking set. Give me a day or two to study the photos and I will get back to you ...
Bedroom Furniture8/8/2014
  Q: I acquired a bedroom set that I believe is from the 1920s or 1930s. They belonged to my husband's ...
  A: Kimberly - I do not believe the two pieces are from the same set. The low dresser with mirror ...
Dresser with attached mirror8/4/2014
  Q: Can you provide me any information about this furniture? Such as who made it, how old, value? The ...
  A: Patty - Your dresser is made of ribbon striped mahogany veneer and secondary wood solids. It appears ...
Dining Set8/3/2014
  Q: I'm purchasing this antique table with 6 leaves. It says up to 92 inches long. With the buffet and ...
  A: Stacey - The set is made of walnut veneer and secondary wood solids. It is from the Depression era ...
Antique rocker and tallback chair8/2/2014
  Q: I'm helping an elderly relative sell her furniture to raise money for health care costs. She is 95 ...
  A: Jennifer - The tall chair appears to be a European Revival style chair made of oak and possibly ...
bed frame identification7/27/2014
  Q: I have an old bedframe. Cant find any markings, numbers or names. The side rails are heavy duty,but ...
  A: Brad - From your description I deduce that your bed frame is from the very early 20th century. ...
Value of furniture7/26/2014
  Q: I have a bedroom set 1 tall dresser shown, 1 bureau with mirror, 1 vanity with mirror and seat. ...
  A: Donald - Your set was made during the Depression era of the late 1920s and 1930s. A virtually ...
WISCONSIN CHAIR CO. 18967/25/2014
  Q: I just pick up a very old WISCONSIN GLIDER ROCKER, DATED 1876 ON THE STICKER. It is in very very ...
  A: Jerry - Most gliders like that have the date "1888" on the iron mechanism. That is the date of the ...
Cutler Roll Top Desk7/23/2014
  Q: My great grandmother's Cutler Roll-top desk was recently passed down to me. I am now the 4th ...
  A: Kathy- That is a common problem with many older roll tops. The fix is fairly simple. The hard part ...
Nopag? Goose neck platform rocker7/18/2014
  Q: I purchase this chair at a thrift store(wonder how many times you have read that!). It has an ...
  A: V. Diane - Your platform rocker appears to be from the Depression era of the 1930s or maybe into the ...
1926 Lenior Dinning chairs 4319-6 chairs, 2 captain7/14/2014
  Q: Can you tell me how much these dinning chairs are worth they come with 2 captain chairs and 4 ...
  A: Kathryn - The chairs may be a model #1926 or style #1926 or order #1926 but they are not from the ...
weaver's chair7/11/2014
  Q: Can you give me information about the construction, approximate year made (by hand or machine), and ...
  A: Meg - I am not familiar with the term "weaver's" chair. If you are referring to the seating that is ...
3 drawer dresser w/ round mirror7/3/2014
  Q: Could you tell me approximately what this is worth? I can't find one like it anywhere on line. I'm ...
  A: Tina - The dresser is from the Depression era of the 1930s but you can verify that by the date on ...
Lincoln Rocker7/1/2014
  Q: I have also sent you an email with pictures attached. I have a Lincoln Rocker I would like some ...
  A: Nyssa – Based on the screw you demonstrate in the additional photos the chair is quite a bit older ...
ID Rocker/Reclining Chair6/27/2014
  Q: We just picked up this Rocker/Reclining at a Thrift store as we found it to be interesting & unique. ...
  A: Hugh - Nice looking platform rocker. Eastlake was a style, not a manufacturer. Charles Locke ...
Antique Rocker6/26/2014
  Q: I would like to know if you can help me identify this rocking chair. I purchased it form a friend ...
  A: Jennifer - The chair is from the late 19th century, circa 1890. It is made of birch. The style is ...
China cabinet6/24/2014
  Q: I have a China cabinet I received from my father as a wedding present. He bought it from a friend ...
  A: Josh - I can't tell much from the very dark photos but I can identify the carving. It is the head of ...
Antique 12 legged Mahogany dining table6/22/2014
  Q: we just purchased a mahogany dining table for the purpose of restoration. Size is 48" by 60.25" ( ...
  A: Doris - That is a magnificent looking table. The overall style is Federal from the early 1800s. ...
Age/Value of Oak Dresser/Mirror6/20/2014
  Q: I intended to restore this dresser with swivel mirror set but decided to sell it instead as we have ...
  A: George - Your dresser with cheval mirror is quite a bit older than the 1940s. It is from the turn of ...
Identify Chair style6/17/2014
  Q: Haven't been able to identify this chair style or where it is made.Have bought several variations ...
  A: Gerald - Your chairs are Windsor chairs. A Windsor chair is a chair in which no vertical element ...
Maddox Desk6/16/2014
  Q: My Father purchased this desk approximately 1950-1955. It was used a decorative furniture and in ...
  A: Gail - I am not a certified personal property appraiser so I can only give you my opinion of the ...
Bentwood chairs5/20/2014
  Q: I purchased 6 of the chair shown and they were sold at auction as being American, pressed back, ...
  A: Colin - The straight slender spindles and the simple press design are actually a little conservative ...
Desk4/24/2014
  Q: I recently stumbled on this oak stick and ball drop front desk. I want to find out more info on it ...
  A: Brian - Not sure I wold call that "stick and ball." That style element is more often associated with ...
Cavalier vanity4/23/2014
  Q: I have a Cavalier vanity that I would like to find out more info on. I have searched online for one ...
  A: Joel - The term Cavalier was used by the Tennessee Furniture C0 beginning in 1923 as a trade name ...
Antique gentlemans chest4/22/2014
  Q: My best friend gave me her great grandmothers chest. I think its a gentlemans chest, but other than ...
  A: Pam - Your cabinet was probably called a "gentleman's press", as in linen press. A 19th century ...
Dresser4/16/2014
  Q: I purchased this dresser from a consignment store and wonder if you can give me some information as ...
  A: Jim - The date can be found on the mirror. All 20th century American plate mirror included in ...
John Wannamaker Dresser!4/9/2014
  Q: wanted to ask you about a dresser that I found on the trash when I lived in Philadelphia. I really ...
  A: Marie - That is a nice chest. The style is Queen Anne with Chippendale batwing drawer pulls. The ...
Marble Top Dresser4/3/2014
  Q: Fred, I am refinishing this dresser for a friend and would appreciate some feedback on its style ...
  A: Gary - The style is in fact Eastlake (the shallow spoon carving and parallel lines are the key) but ...
Forsyth Manufacturing Co3/31/2014
  Q: I purchased this dresser at a yard sale with hopes to paint because I liked the design. I then ...
  A: Erica - Your Queen Anne style dresser is from the Depression era of the 1930s. It is probably made ...
Lenior Chair & Table CAL-43193/29/2014
  Q: I have 6 chairs (2) with arms and the table has one leaf. I was wondering if you could tell me a ...
  A: Dana - Your set is a Colonial Revival reproduction of Federal era furniture of the early 1800s. The ...
Chifferobe3/18/2014
  Q: I received this antique from an old friend when my daughter was little, about 18 years ago. It was ...
  A: Dianne - Your small scale chifferobe is from the Depression era of the 1920s and 1930s (not an ...
Mersman lamp table3/17/2014
  Q: I have 2 Mersman lamp tables that were in my Mother-in-law's house. I Have attached 2 photos. I ...
  A: Jennifer - The pictured table is one of the ubiquitous lyre base "surfboard" tables made in the late ...
Peck and Hill Buffet Table3/15/2014
  Q: Taylor, My husband just bought a buffet table at an estate sale. The lady said it was given to her ...
  A: Christine - Oral family history, even some else's, can be quite misleading without the facts. That ...
Duncan Phyfe style or better?3/13/2014
  Q: Taylor, Thank you so much for taking the time to answer questions like mine. I expect you might be ...
  A: Patricia - The term "Duncan Phyfe" has come to mean any table with curved legs. That style actually ...
Antique Child's Rocker3/12/2014
  Q: Can you please tell me something about this rocker - age, description, value? It comes from my ...
  A: Kay - Your rocker is a "press back" bentwood rocker. The design in the back was not carved. It was ...
Louis Rastetter Folding Chairs3/10/2014
  Q: We recently purchased a set of 4 folding chairs in very good condition. I am curious as to the age ...
  A: Tony - The patent was issued in 1933 but the chairs could have been made any time, most likely in ...
5-legged table3/2/2014
  Q: This table was in the cellar at my family farm which dates back to late 1880's. Setting in dirt it ...
  A: Waunita - Your table is typical of those sold by mail order in the late 19th and early 20th century. ...
curio/desk2/27/2014
  Q: I have a bowed glass curio with a drop down desk from my husband's grandma. I don't know anything ...
  A: Kristie - Your cabinet is called a side by side bookcase/secretary. It was factory made around the ...
Furniture2/25/2014
  Q: We bought the piece below and have no idea what it is or what the value might be. There are no ...
  A: Donna - Your cabinet is for use in a dining room as a sideboard similar to the larger ones from the ...
Vanity2/22/2014
  Q: I purchased this vanity to restore it. I was very excited to find none of the casters broken. I ...
  A: Allyson Your three mirror vanity is from the 1920s. If the glass is original it will have a date on ...
Refinishing an antique china cabinet2/20/2014
  Q: How do I refinish an antique china cabinet that is used for miniture what nots. I know if I remove ...
  A: Lyman - The question of lost value is not automatic. It depends on the age, style and condition of ...
Chocolate Server Table2/18/2014
  Q: I just bought a chocolate server table and was wondering how old it is and if it's a reproduction ...
  A: Sam - Chocolate servers were popular in the early to mid 19th century. They were also called tea ...
Frank and sons rocking chair2/12/2014
  Q: An older man who is selling his dads cabin gave me a rocking chair and I am wondering if is an ...
  A: Liz - The rocker is definitely not antique. Chairs like this were popular in the 1960s and early ...
Binghamton Chair2/11/2014
  Q: I came across this chair at a thrift store. What is left of the stamp under the seat appears to be ...
  A: Raylene - Here is some history on Binghamton Chair Co in case you haven't found it. ...
Adjustable Taylor Chair2/8/2014
  Q: I bought this Taylor chair because I was amazed at all the adjustability on such an old chair. Can ...
  A: Ray - Your chair is a commercial secretarial chair from the early 20th century, probably 1915 -1930, ...
settee2/6/2014
  Q: what can you tell me about the settee and chair what year and how much can I get for it
  A: Brenda - Your settee and chair were originally part of a three or four piece parlor set from around ...
Sligh-Lowry Desk /Table2/5/2014
  Q: I found this Sligh-Lowry inscribed desk at a swap meet and have enjoyed over the past few years. ...
  A: Lori - Sligh-Lowry was formed as a subsidiary of Charles R. Sligh Co/Sligh Furntiure Co in 1945 as a ...
Age of chest of drawers2/2/2014
  Q: I have a chest of drawers with a maker's mark reading Northern Furniture Company of Sheboygan ...
  A: Kim - The chest is from the Depression era of the 1930s. The wood on the drawer fronts is stump cut ...
Tiger Oak Table1/30/2014
  Q: My mother purchased a sliding table in Wisconsin in the 1970's. I've been told the wood is tiger ...
  A: Leia - Your table is from the Golden Oak period. The Golden Oak period of American furniture ran ...
antique cabinet1/23/2014
  Q: Not sure if this is American made or not. Haven't found any info on it at all. I believe it is Oak. ...
  A: Teresa - Your cabinet is an American made Rococo Revival style sideboard, circa 1860-1870. The ...
Civil war folding chair1/21/2014
  Q: My fiancés family had this folding chair. They say it is a civil war camping chair. Is there a way ...
  A: Jon - Unfortunately that chair is far younger than the Civil War era. The seat and back are made of ...
Paine end tables1/16/2014
  Q: I recently acquired these end tables- they have Paine furniture tag inside drawers. They are not in ...
  A: Sene - Your end tables are Colonial Revival reproductions of Federal style furniture of the early ...
furniture by John 18911/14/2014
  Q: My mother has a dresser with a sticker that says built by John 1891 and wondered what she could sell ...
  A: Erin - Bruno Paul John was a German immigrant cabinetmaker who worked for the Doernbecher Furniture ...
Maddox Bookcase Secretary Sideboard1/13/2014
  Q: I recently found and purchased the piece pictured in the attachment. It is labelled on the back ...
  A: Kathryn - Your cabinet is actually a fairly straightforward butlers desk with book shelves added to ...
Dining table and chairs1/7/2014
  Q: Can you tell me if this is worth anything and give me information about it?
  A: Rebecca - The set appears to be from the Depression era of the 1930s made entirely of secondary ...
Antique murphy bed hardware1/6/2014
  Q: I bought a 1800s folding murphy bed with a rope support for the mattress. The hardware to attach the ...
  A: William - Your bed is not truly a "Murphy" bed. It is one of the many examples of folding beds ...
1834 lex chair co12/22/2013
  Q: I was recently given this table from my aunt that says it was my great grandmothers I was hoping for ...
  A: Thomas - 1834 was not the year your table was made. It is a model number. Lexington Chair Co was a ...
Slant front single serpentine desk12/18/2013
  Q: Greetings Fred, I recently purchased an old slant front desk from a guy who inherited it along with ...
  A: Dawn - This is certainly an early 20th century piece. The machine made dovetails are the first and ...
came with the condo.12/17/2013
  Q: Taylor. These two pieces came with the condo we just bought. Can you give me some insight on how old ...
  A: Rick - The desk is the famous oak "Chautauqua" desk made and sold by the Larkin Soap Co of Buffalo, ...
rocking chair12/16/2013
  Q: I was curious u to know anything about this rocking chair I have I would like to know if it is worth ...
  A: Kattie - Your chair is called a "face" chair. Figures in the back of a chair were very popular in ...
Taylor chair12/13/2013
  Q: I can't find any chairs to compare this to but it has a sticker on back that says Taylor chair, ...
  A: Michelle - Your chair is a commercial reception area or courthouse chair probably from the 1940s. It ...
Hand me down china cabinet12/10/2013
  Q: I have a china cabinet that was handed down to me from my aunt. I'm not sure where she got it from ...
  A: April - Your china cabinet is from the 1930s. The style was called “Art Moderne” when it was ...
Antique Rocking Chair12/8/2013
  Q: I bought this antique rocking chair today. The only markings on it is part of a sticker on the ...
  A: Pat - Your chair is a factory made "press back" rocker, circa 1890-1910. The design in the back was ...
Sleeper sofa: Stickley?11/29/2013
  Q: The sofa in the photos has been in my in-laws basement since 1951. The bed mechanism is missing. A ...
  A: Mark - The sofa does not show any signs of being a Stickley piece, typical through tenons, etc, and ...
Antique / Vintage Walnut Dining Room Table11/27/2013
  Q: we are wondering if you could help us identify the age, style, and estimated retail market value of ...
  A: Doris - Your table is made of walnut veneer and secondary wood as you suggest. The table is from the ...
Maddox drop front secretary desk11/25/2013
  Q: I inherited this very pretty desk from my father. Sadly one of the 'stays' that support the desk ...
  A: Suzanne - The wooden supports that prop up the desk front are called "lopers." The brass pieces that ...
Stickley table11/21/2013
  Q: Good Morning Mr. Taylor, You previously answered a question for me so I was hoping for your ...
  A: Valerie - Your end table is a Colonial Revival reproduction of a "step" table. Originally tables of ...
Heywood chair11/19/2013
  Q: I swear someone left this chair on the side of the road for the trash collectors to pick up. It is ...
  A: Stephanie - Heywood Brothers formed a partnership with Wakefield Rattan (Heywood Brothers & ...
Grand Rapids Chair Co Dinning room11/15/2013
  Q: Taylor, I just purchased a dining table with a leaf and six chairs. I discovered the Grand Rapids ...
  A: Veronica - Your set is from the late 1920s to mid 1930s. The style is part of the Colonial Revival ...
Stickley Bros Quaint Furniture bed11/12/2013
  Q: Taylor, I have come across this Stickley Bros Quaint Furniture bed or maybe day bed. It is oak and ...
  A: Judi - The Art Nouveau label indicates your daybed is part of the original Quaint series of Arts & ...
Huntzinger Game Table Patented June 189411/4/2013
  Q: We have a mahogany game table which had a green felt on one side, which we replaced with red felt, ...
  A: Patti - That is a famous form of a Hunzinger table. There are a number of variations of wood and ...
Heywood Bros Wakefield Rocker10/27/2013
  Q: Mr. Taylor, I was given this rocker more than 30 years ago by a friend who was moving and could not ...
  A: Beth - Since the chair has the label “Heywood Brothers & Wakefield Co” it was made before 1921. ...
Bennington Vermont end table10/3/2013
  Q: Good Morning Mr. Taylor! I recently spotted this end table at a garage sale and thought it was in ...
  A: Valerie - Your table is made of pine and was stained a very dark brown. It was part of the Early ...
hall tree9/28/2013
  Q: my son received this hall tree from his grandmother. Can you help us out and explain why the finish ...
  A: Pamela - The hall tree is from the turn of the 20th century - 1890-1910. It is made of quarter sawn ...
table9/25/2013
  Q: Sir; I came across a small oval cherry table, about 2 ft high and 2 ft long, round paw-shaped feet. ...
  A: Jan - Your table is a Colonial Revival reproduction of an 18th century tea table except that the ...
Old wooden chair9/23/2013
  Q: I picked up this chair at a garage sale, loved the style, and the story the lady told me, sold me on ...
  A: Dawn - The Taylor Chair Co of Bedford (Cleveland), OH is reportedly the oldest furniture maker in ...
B.P. John Chairs9/5/2013
  Q: I recently purchased a pair of B.P John wood chairs at a local thrift store. I can't find much ...
  A: Danielle - The label refers to the B. P. John Furniture Co of Portland, OR. Bruno Paul John was a ...
Old Rocking Chair9/3/2013
  Q: I purchased this chair at a consignment store about 10 years ago, after having it finished the ...
  A: Candice - The style of your chair is Rococo Revival from the middle of the 19th century. The style ...
Rocking Chair8/31/2013
  Q: Just picked up this chair at a home auction. Can't find out much about it online, but it appears to ...
  A: Rebecca - Your chair is a Windsor style rocker. A Windsor chair is a chair in which no vertical ...
a Kaplan table8/30/2013
  Q: I am just wondering if you would know anything about a table that I found a few days ago. I have ...
  A: Tony - Your table is a Colonial Revival reproduction of an 18th/early 19th century breakfast table. ...
Rocking chair8/28/2013
  Q: My grandparents have had this rocking chair for awile and I was wondering how old it was and if it ...
  A: Stephen - Your rocker is a Windsor chair. A Windsor chair is a chair in which no vertical element ...
Maddox Table Company8/27/2013
  Q: I recently purchased this table/desk and would appreciate any information you can give me regarding ...
  A: Mary - Your piece would have been used as a personal desk. The William and Mary style tear drop ...
Rockford Cabinet Co. Secretary8/26/2013
  Q: I just picked this up at a rummage sale yesterday and was curious for more information. It says it ...
  A: Jessi - Rockford Cabinet Co was part of the great furniture industry in Rockford, IL in the 1920s ...
Maddox Maple Desk8/20/2013
  Q: I have a desk that was taken out of my grandmothers home. The label on it says Maddox Furniture, ...
  A: Aaron - The desk is a reproduction of a Chippendale style desk from the late 18th century. Your desk ...
replacement cabinet doors8/19/2013
  Q: I have a 3 section Macey Barrister bookcase. It is in good shape except it is missing 2 ...
  A: Nancy - I do not know where you can obtain just the doors. You should be able to have them made ...
Duncan Phyfe8/18/2013
  Q: does this look like a genuine Duncan Phyfe? - no mfr markings that I can find. - it has a butterfly ...
  A: Phil - I can assure you the table is not a genuine Duncan Phyfe. It is a reproduction of an 18th ...
Mersman Table Dating8/17/2013
  Q: Taylor: We just obtained a Mersman table and I'm wondering how old it is. I'm guessing it's no ...
  A: Ken - Thanks for the extra photos. Your table, called an occasional table, is model # 4448 1/2. The ...
Rocking chair8/14/2013
  Q: I am hoping you will help me uncover the mystery of my grandfathers rocking chair. It appears to be ...
  A: Sharron - Your rocker is a 20th century factory made chair. It is not a Hitchcock chair. It appears ...
Thomasville Dining Room Set Info8/12/2013
  Q: I have this older dining room set made by Thomasville Chair Company. I'm trying to determine the age ...
  A: Curtis - Your set was made in the late 1940s to mid 1950s. It is a Colonial Revival reproduction of ...
Mersman #6651 Table8/11/2013
  Q: Fred, I purchased this Mersman #6651 table several years ago. Can you give me the approximate age ...
  A: Sandy - My latest Mersman catalog is from 1942 and the highest model number in it is 6602 so your ...
Hoosier table and chairs8/9/2013
  Q: Fred, You mentioned in a previous response that Hoosier also made these "lift a leaf" tables and ...
  A: Vincent - The only place I have seen an ad for the Lift a Leaf table is a reprint of a 1931 Hoosier ...
Vanity & Dresser8/7/2013
  Q: Could you tell me how old this vanity & mirror is and the value? I have a matching 4 drawer dresser ...
  A: Susan - Your vanity and mirror are from the late 1920s to the mid 1930s. The mirrors will have a ...
Thomasville vintage dining set8/5/2013
  Q: I have a vintage, Thomasville dining set; can you tell me anything about it, when it was made, the ...
  A: Jenine - Your set is from the Depression era of the 1930s. The style is part of the Colonial Revival ...
telephone chair8/4/2013
  Q: what kind of table/chair is this I have a tag on the bottom that says Lexington chair company
  A: Mary - Your combination chair and table is called a "gossip bench." They came along in the mid 1920s ...
Empire? Vanity and Tel Stand8/2/2013
  Q: I think I have antique reproductions? (Telephone Stand and Vanity). The Vanity drawer joints are ...
  A: Mark - Your two pieces are from the late 1920s. The book "American Manufactured Furniture" by Don ...
Murphy, Inc. Owensboro, KY rocker8/1/2013
  Q: Would like to know more about my sewing rocker; year of manufacture, wood, value, etc. It has the ...
  A: Karen - The low armless rocker, called a sewing rocker or a nursing rocker, became popular in the ...
antique wood vanity7/31/2013
  Q: I have an antique wood vanity table and mirror. Very detailed, ornate carvings. I would like to know ...
  A: Roxanne - Your dressing table is Rococo Revival style from the mid 19th century. However I cannot ...
LIFETIME FURNITURE7/29/2013
  Q: I was at my local St.Vincent DePaul thrift store and ran into a Cabinet that I purchased for $70.00. ...
  A: Carol - "Lifetime" was a trade name used by the Grand Rapids Bookcase and Chair Co for its line of ...
Dining room set7/27/2013
  Q: I found the following Flint and Horner set during a clean up at a relatives home. It includes the ...
  A: Shannon - Great looking set. It was made in the early 20th century, 1915-1920. Flint & Horner was a ...
marietta childs rocking chair7/26/2013
  Q: I bought this in an estate sale and cannot find any information on this. I know the company is in ...
  A: Tim - Your chair is pre 1950, probably mid 1930s to late 1940s, made of birch with a walnut finish. ...
desk/vanity7/25/2013
  Q: I found the desk in a thrift store It has the Landstrom mark in the middle drawer. I did a quick ...
  A: Cigdem M. - Actually your desk used to be one of those darker tone pieces. It is from the Depression ...
gold embossed red leather top game table7/23/2013
  Q: I sent a prevoius request and attempted to send more pictures via email and ran into tech problems i ...
  A: Dawn - Barnard & Simonds was founded in New York in 1898 and moved to Grand rapids in 1959 when it ...
Nichols and Stone chairs7/22/2013
  Q: I purchased these chairs at a local thrift store for 3.00 a piece. They have a Nichols and Stone ...
  A: Hnub - Your chairs are authentic Nichols & Stone chairs. The manufacturer is one of the country’s ...
Sligh Lowry Desk7/20/2013
  Q: I have this desk I purchased approx 8 years ago at a estate sale for 50.00 and would like more ...
  A: Kristine - The company began in 1880 as the Sligh Furniture Co. It closed in 1932 and a new company, ...
Estimated value on rocking chair7/13/2013
  Q: I acquire this rocking chair from family, I know it was from at the very least my great grandmother ...
  A: Emily - Your chair is called a Baby Boston rocker. The Boston rocker was introduced in 1835 in New ...
Small Antique Tilt Top Table7/7/2013
  Q: I bought this little tilt top table at a garage sale. I think that the table is from the 1800s - ...
  A: Taylor - From these photos and the one you sent to my e mail I can tell you the table is from the ...
Muscoda desk7/6/2013
  Q: Would you please be able to tell me anything about this desk which bears the label Muscoda Mfg and ...
  A: John - Your desk is called a spinet desk desk based on the size and shape. In the 18th and 19th ...
antique desk7/4/2013
  Q: Could you tell me anything about this piece.There are no markings Thank you
  A: Florence - Your desk is from the late 1940s. It is made of ribbon striped mahogany veneer and has a ...
Antique settee/chair set7/1/2013
  Q: I have recently acquired an antique settee with a matching chair. The chair is in immaculate ...
  A: Elizabeth - You have two pieces of a five piece parlor set, the sofa and the lady's chair. The other ...
Widdicomb vanity6/30/2013
  Q: I purchased this Widdicomb vanity for $20 at a garage sale. I was going to paint it "Shabby Chic" ...
  A: Terry - The date of 1925 looks like a good date for this piece given the style and the logo. That ...
Duncan Phyfe (?) dining table and chairs6/13/2013
  Q: I have a double pedestal dining table with leaf (no stamp but the numbers '2103 1/2') and 6 ...
  A: Erin - Both the table and the chairs are Colonial Revival reproductions of Federal era furniture of ...
antique chairs6/12/2013
  Q: I found 2 matching chairs on the side of the road. Someone was throwing them away. I know ...
  A: Amy - Your research is admirable so far. Your chairs are reproductions of two famous styles in ...
Cavalier Vanity6/10/2013
  Q: I have a vanity that I think is mahogany with cedar drawers and a square mirror. I think the square ...
  A: Michael - Your vanity appears to be from the late 1940s/early 1950s but the mirror will have the ...
Antique Smoking Pipe Cabinet6/6/2013
  Q: I bought a cabinet that holds 8 pipes in the bottom doors. The top swivel door opens and holds 2 ...
  A: Taylor - Your cabinet is called a smoking stand or "smoker." Smoking stands were first popular ...
old chair6/4/2013
  Q: I was given this chair over 13 years ago by my sister . I know nothing about this chair and any ...
  A: Donna - Your chair is from around the turn of the 20th century. That type chair is called a “face ...
Platform Rocker6/1/2013
  Q: I own what I believe to be a platform rocker from the civil war era. It has been handed down ...
  A: Kent - That is indeed a platform rocker but you are off on the date by about 35 years. This type ...
Globe-Wernicke bookcase5/30/2013
  Q: My husband and I received this bookcase when his uncle died and no one else in the family wanted it. ...
  A: Mary - Thanks for the excellent photos. Your bookcase is made of quarter sawn white oak. Quarter ...
Dresser and Desk5/25/2013
  Q: The first is a dresser from my husbands family The dresser is called Aunt Fanny's Chest! It belonged ...
  A: Beth - First some history. The story goes that the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in ...
Berkey and Gay furniture5/23/2013
  Q: I was given this piece, and am trying to find any information about it. I'm not sure whether to call ...
  A: Olivia - You have done some good research and you are mostly correct. The red triangle, the GRM ...
Re: Shaker Ladder Back Chair5/18/2013
  Q: I have a Shaker Ladder Back Chair that I purchased at an auction for $1. I have been getting mixed ...
  A: Eleanor - I do not believe your chair is a Shaker chair. Most but not all authentic Shaker chairs ...
Stickley Bros Open Hutch & Sideboard5/17/2013
  Q: I have a Stickley Bros Co, Grand Rapids open hutch and side board. The name/mark label is burned on ...
  A: Jamie - That burn mark, along with several other marks, was used by Stickley Brothers from 1899 to ...
John A Colby & Sons5/16/2013
  Q: I am curious about a desk I have with the name "John A. Colby and Sons". It is my understanding that ...
  A: Oksana - John Colby operated his furniture business in Chicago beginning in 1879 as John A. Colby. ...
antique desk5/14/2013
  Q: I am trying to find info on a desk I need to sell for a friend. It is a wonderful small desk. I will ...
  A: Cindy - The desk is similar in form to both the secretaire a abattant ...
Michigan Chair Company5/13/2013
  Q: I have a clawfoot chair with a lable "Michigan Chair Company". Can you tell me how old it is and if ...
  A: Tom - That label was used by Michigan Chair Co from its founding in 1899 to sometime in the early ...
corner chair5/7/2013
  Q: Doug from Fl here can you tell me anything about this chair. Thanks Doug
  A: Doug - Your chair was factory made around the turn of the 20th century,. It is made of birch and had ...
KAPLAN EARLY AMERICAN FURNITURE DINING ROOM5/6/2013
  Q: I HAVE A KAPLAN DINING ROOM SET. DINING TABLE (2 LEAF), 6 CHAIR ( CANE SEATING) AND A SIDEBOARD. ...
  A: Brian - The pieces you show are Chippendale style made anywhere from the 1930s to the 1950s. The ...
Antique Cifferobe Value5/4/2013
  Q: My mother has an antique chifferobe she would like to know the value of. She inherited it from her ...
  A: Stephanie - A cabinet that has a door on one side and stacked drawers on the other is called a ...
Antique Carved Cherub Back Rocking Chair5/3/2013
  Q: This rocker has been in our family for generations, passed down to us from my husband's grandmother ...
  A: Jackie - Your chair is a factory made piece from around the turn of the 20th century. The shape of ...
Sligh Dresser4/17/2013
  Q: Good afternoon Mr. Taylor, I am interested in learning an estimate of date and value for the Sligh ...
  A: Antonio - A cabinet with stacked drawers inside is called a "press." That style logo was used by ...
Humidor Stand?4/13/2013
  Q: I was given this cute little stand and think it may be a humidor. It has a nice compartment in the ...
  A: Rhonda - Your stand is a combination magazine rack and smoking stand or a "smoker." Smoking stands ...
Platform rocker4/10/2013
  Q: Fred, Needing to sell my Great Grandma's old platform rocker and wanted as much history as you know ...
  A: Ashley - Thanks for the great photos. Your rocker is Eastlake style from the late 19th century - ...
Rocker4/8/2013
  Q: Taylor, Thank you in advance for your expertise. I believe what I have is a Rococo Revival style ...
  A: Linda - That is a nice Rococo Revival reproduction made anywhere from the 1940s to the 1970s. ...
Wabash Stand #6264/7/2013
  Q: We have a Wabash Stand, on the back is a plate that says The Wabash Cabinet Co. also on the back is ...
  A: Richard - Your display cabinet falls in the category of "novelty" furniture. During the Depression ...
colonial revival chest??4/6/2013
  Q: Taylor, I purchased this chest for $40 on Craigslist. I see no maker's mark anywhere. It is ...
  A: Jennifer – That is not a Colonial Revival piece. That chest is what is called “borax” furniture. ...
Lenoir chairs4/3/2013
  Q: I have 4 Lenoir chairs from NC. I was wondering how much they are worth. One has the arms the 3 ...
  A: Kristine - Your chairs are Colonial Revival reproductions of Federal era chairs of the early 1800s. ...
age and information about finish/refinishing3/30/2013
  Q: I know this chair was mfg by Phoenix Chair as there is a label attached underneath the seat. Can ...
  A: Sandra - Your oak chair is from the early 20th century, 1910-1925. The style is a variation of Queen ...
sectional file cabinet - possible globe-wernicke3/18/2013
  Q: I have a sectional file cabinet that is about 18" deep, 42" wide, and 78" tall. There are seven ...
  A: Tony - The side hardware between the sections certainly looks like G-W hardware. Here is a ...
Chippendale Chair constructon3/17/2013
  Q: A few questions about 18th Cent.Chippendale chair construction for you: (1) Have you seen frame ...
  A: Pete - The crest rail overhanging the stiles is a quite common arrangement. More than a dozen are ...
Refinishing antique pie safe3/13/2013
  Q: Fred My husband recently contacted you about this pie safe. I guess it's from the 1930's, made of ...
  A: Karina - You need to be aware of the fact that poplar is a multi-colored wood to start with. Even a ...
Emerson piano3/11/2013
  Q: I have a piano that looks very old and has the serial number 57039 on the inside of it it also has. ...
  A: Ruslan - According to the Pierce Piano Atlas Emerson used the serial number 57039 between 1890 and ...
Shaker Rocking chair3/7/2013
  Q: I bought this chair awhile ago and understood it to be an early 19th century rocker but now iwonder ...
  A: Tim - I am no expert on Shaker rockers but even to me that does not appear to be a Shaker item - it ...
Antique Rocker3/6/2013
  Q: A friend of mine gave me her ex-husband's rocker (he didn't want it and she didn't want it) and I ...
  A: Diane - The rocker was made around the turn of the 20th century. It was a factory made, mass ...
antique pie safe3/5/2013
  Q: I have recently purchased an "early" pie safe at auction and realized -sadly after buying it- that ...
  A: Matthew - The cabinet may be older than you think. While it is not antique from the mid 19th century ...
watertown slide table2/27/2013
  Q: I just pulled this table from a display support we used in our art gallery and found you via google ...
  A: Richard - That is what used to be called a "plantation" table. It looks like a fold over game table ...
scholles chicago cabinet/secretary2/25/2013
  Q: Inherited this piece from my great aunt, have been told it's worth something. Can you tell me the ...
  A: Kathy - The cabinet is called a breakfront secretary. It is a Colonial Revival reproduction of a ...
Antique Sewing Rocking Chair2/24/2013
  Q: On the back of the seat there is a date of 1893 and the number 348 etched into it on one side and ...
  A: Sara - The low armless rocker became popular in the late 19th century as a chair devoted entirely to ...
antique card table2/17/2013
  Q: this card table is not in very good shape i'm not sure how they would put the picture on it. would ...
  A: Walley - Your table is from the Depression era of the 1920s and 30s. It falls in the category of ...
chair age2/11/2013
  Q: It's completley solid and dosen't wobble at all. I noticed that as i pulled the seat up there was ...
  A: Amy - Your chair was factory made around the turn of the 20th century. The parallel vertical carved ...
Style, date, value for chair2/2/2013
  Q: Please let me know what you can about the origins and style of this chair. When was it made? What is ...
  A: Lisa - Your chair is from a three or five parlor set circa 1900. There probably was a rocker and a ...
Eastlake chairs1/29/2013
  Q: Is this an Eastlake Chair? I'm moving to a retirement home and must dispose of much furniture, ...
  A: Marion - That is an Eastlake chair from very late in the period, 1890-1900. Unfortunately the market ...
value of an Irwin Pendleton table1/24/2013
  Q: can you give me an idea of what the vlue of an Irwin Pendleton table is. The approx. dim's are 26 ...
  A: Tom - Your table is a Colonial Revival reproduction of a Federal era table of the early 19th ...
Mahogany slant-front desk1/17/2013
  Q: I have a mahogany slant-front desk passed down through my family that I thought was from the early ...
  A: Tina - As you have found out, oral family history is the least reliable source for accurate ...
Elite Furniture Co1/16/2013
  Q: I know the company was established in 1909 so it can't be an antique but does it have any value? It ...
  A: Christina - Nice looking desk. The style of course is Chippendale. The wood is mahogany solids and ...
Macey Barrister Bookcase1/15/2013
  Q: I have a Macey Barrister 3 stack bookcase. (stacks # 35-8, 35-10, & 35-12) Each stack has three ...
  A: Jackie - The value of Macey and Globe-Wernicke bookcases has declined slightly in the last few ...
A sweet little rocker1/11/2013
  Q: Taylor! I seem to have an affinity for old, homeless rocking chairs ... they all have a story! ...
  A: Robin - The style of the chair is Arts & Craft/Mission from the early 20th century. However, I do ...
Antique Rope Bed1/8/2013
  Q: Mr. Taylor, I have aquired an antique rope bed and would like to know the value of it. I don't even ...
  A: Kristi - That is an unusual arrangement for the rope. Rope beds usually have ropes in two direction, ...
rope bed12/25/2012
  Q: I have a rope bed that is like none I have seen before. It is handmade, wood dowels, handmade 7" ...
  A: Steve - Your bed is probably a "site made" bed, crafted by the original user who did not have access ...
Heywood Bros & Co. Chair 187312/24/2012
  Q: We have a desk chair with a Heywood Bros & Co. 1873 button on it. The arms are damaged and coming ...
  A: Steve - Sorry to say I do not know any restoration artists in the Pensacola area. The style of the ...
Stickley Quaint 36 in round table12/21/2012
  Q: Can you give me any information about this table. It is 36" round with a smaller round shelf ...
  A: Wanda - The earliest Quaint line of furniture from Stickley Brothers appeared in 1903. It was ...
Old chairs12/20/2012
  Q: This chair is my latest find. I can't figure the style or if it a reproduction. Any help on the ...
  A: Gene - Your chair falls in a couple of categories. The overall design is that of a Savonarola chair. ...
Emerson Victorian Square Grand Piano12/17/2012
  Q: I just recently purchased an Emerson Victorian Square Grand Piano with the serial number 27682 ...
  A: Virginia - According to the Pierce Piano Atlas, Emerson used serial number 27682 between 1875 and ...
Style, period info12/13/2012
  Q: I have had this piece for over 20 years. It was purchased from an antique store. It is in excellent ...
  A: Jennifer - While the cabinet is old it is not antique. It is from the Depression era of the 1930s. ...
Sligh Bedroom Set12/5/2012
  Q: I have come across a Sligh Bedroom Set and would like any information you could provide(age, ...
  A: Scott – Sligh Furniture Co was established in Grand Rapids in 1880 by Charles R. Sligh. It operated ...
Left Handed bowback writing desk by Hale and Hale of Vermont12/4/2012
  Q: Please advise year made and current value in todays market. Thank you and God Bless
  A: Harry - Your chair is a 20th century reproduction of an 18th century Windsor chair made in New ...
structure of chairs12/3/2012
  Q: I am wondering why antique chairs, mine is a cane seat rocking chair, are so low to the ground? Is ...
  A: Don - Your chair is probably a sewing or nursing rocker. The low armless rocker became popular in ...
Curious about value of dining set11/28/2012
  Q: I have a dining set from Doernbecher Furniture of Portland Oregon. It came from an estate sale in ...
  A: Lisa - Doernbecher was a maker of medium quality furniture in the early 20th century. Your set is ...
4 antique chairs11/27/2012
  Q: I have 4 antique chairs that have been in the family for at least 50 years, probably much more. The ...
  A: Jim – Interesting set of chairs. They are all from just before or just after the turn of the 20th ...
antique platform rocking chair11/17/2012
  Q: i was given this chair about three years ago and im not sure of it's value or age im wanting to know ...
  A: Abigail - Platform rockers showed up in the United States in the mid 19th century to solve several ...
Lane end and coffee tables11/15/2012
  Q: We have 2 Lane Furniture end tables and a coffee table from my husbands grandmother. Are they worth ...
  A: Natalie - The only collectible furniture Lane ever made was the line of cedar chests in the 1930s. ...
Table and chair inquiry11/13/2012
  Q: I was wondering if you could tell me anything on the two peices pictured below. First is a table the ...
  A: Bruce - The table is a drop leaf end table from the mid 20th century. It is a Colonial Revival ...
chair11/11/2012
  Q: hi i have a chair trying to find out age and wood type and maybe value please
  A: Joe - Your chair is made of oak and was factory made around the turn of the 20th century. Chairs ...
Oak table and four chairs11/10/2012
  Q: Mr Taylor Can you give me any details about my oak table and four chairs. My mother bought them ...
  A: James - Your set is an apartment size breakfast set made anywhere from the mid 1930s to the late ...
Cedar Chest11/5/2012
  Q: I have a Seaburg Cedar Chest that's in excellent condition. I acquired it from my Great aunt. It has ...
  A: Todd - Seaburg was established in Chautauqua County, NY in 1902. Its original product was the ...
rocking chair11/2/2012
  Q: thanks micheal
  A: Michael - Your rocker is a platform rocker from the Depression era of the 1930s. It is made of red ...
Antique Tiger Oak Rocker10/31/2012
  Q: I think we have an old tiger oak rocker. Would like to know it's age and worth. Thank you.
  A: Leticia - That is a great looking chair. It is in fact made of "tiger oak." Tiger eye oak or cat's ...
LADDER BACK CHAIR10/29/2012
  Q: RECENTLY WENT TO AN ESTATE SALE & FOUND THESE CHAIRS "TOSSED" ON PILES AND PILES OF ITEMS IN IT'S ...
  A: Angie - The chairs are from the "Golden Oak" period of American furniture, 1880-1920. That is also ...
Table Walter Wabash10/27/2012
  Q: You know the date of fabrication? Or the name of the table? This is a unusuel table style for Walter ...
  A: Jean Marc - It is an unusual style for Walter of Wabash because Walter of Wabash made only table ...
Hoosier questions10/23/2012
  Q: I would love to have any or all information on this Hoosier of my Grand Parents. The year, the ...
  A: Richard - Your cabinet was made by the Hoosier Cabinet Co of New Castle, IN. It is the Hoosier ...
Mahogany sideboard10/22/2012
  Q: Fred I am looking to buy an antique sideboard. Many options came out but they all seem to have some ...
  A: Katrina - The style is late Federal, circa 1820-1830, almost into the Empire period. I cannot verify ...
Lex. Chair. Drop Leaf Table10/21/2012
  Q: I recently acquired a drop leaf pedestal table. The bottom of the table is stamped Lex. Chair ...
  A: Denise - The table was made Lexington Chair Co of Lexington, NC. It is a Colonial Revival ...
Antique Twin "Warp Proof" Bed10/20/2012
  Q: What can you tell us about this headboard/footboard? Its label says "Warp Proof Furniture Saginaw ...
  A: Denise - The bed appears to be from the 1930s. "Warp proof" refers to the plywood construction of ...
Pullman furniture identification10/19/2012
  Q: I have a sofa and two chairs which are identified by a decal as being maufactured by "Pullman" and I ...
  A: Jim - Your pieces were undoubtedly made by the company in Chicago. Many people mistakenly assume a ...
Berkey and Gay piece10/17/2012
  Q: I acquired a Berkey and Gay piece and was wondering what the piece is actually considered. I have ...
  A: Heather - Your piece is called a sideboard or a buffet. The terms are interchangeable in today's ...
nursing rocker10/16/2012
  Q: I have a nursing rocker I bought at auction several years ago and on the seat underneath it had a ...
  A: Cameron - Your chair is a Queen Anne style (rounded shoulders, vase shaped splat, cabriole legs) ...
Victorian Settee?10/2/2012
  Q: we had this piece in our garage when we moved in our house. We recently brought it in and wiped it ...
  A: Beverly - Your settee is from the late Victorian period. It is an Eastlake style piece from the ...
China Cabinet10/1/2012
  Q: I am interested in finding information & market value on this china cabinet. It is, I believe oak, ...
  A: Marty - That is a magnificent cabinet that I hope you restore to original condition. It was built ...
1930 Reaser Dining Room Furniture9/20/2012
  Q: Fred, I have a sideboard and small china cabinet manufactured in March, 1930 from the Reaser Co. ...
  A: Kevin - The face surfaces of your pieces are made of a variety of veneers, mostly walnut. The frames ...
Large Antique Oak Table9/19/2012
  Q: I would like to get your advice on this big oak table re: approximate period / age when it was ...
  A: Doris - The wood on the top of the main table is quarter sawn oak. Tiger eye oak (not tiger stripe) ...
old upholstered glider chair9/16/2012
  Q: Mr. Taylor: About 13 years ago I bought an upholstered glider chair in a second hand store in ...
  A: Alicia - Your chair is not an antique. It is a factory made chair from the mid 20th century. The ...
Frank and Son Rocking chair9/15/2012
  Q: Sir, I found a fabulous rocking chair labeled Frank and Sons, I am short 5'0" and I love it ...
  A: Anita - Your chair is a Windsor rocker. A Windsor chair is a chair in which no vertical element runs ...
Bassett Co. Chair? Table?9/1/2012
  Q: just wondering what this piece of furniture is actually called and what is it designed for. It is ...
  A: Chris - This form was originally called a "step table" in the 18th century when it was used as a ...
Sheboygan Chair Company 1947 Drop Leaf Dining Room Table8/31/2012
  Q: I have a 1947 Drop Leaf Dining Room table with 2 leafs and 8 chairs that was my great uncles. I have ...
  A: Brandi - Your nice looking dining set has no antique or collector's value. It is simply a nicely ...
ZUK furniture8/29/2012
  Q: I recently came across this table and I think that its really quite beautiful but cant really find ...
  A: Jason - The authoritative source on Chicago furniture by Sharon Darling "Chicago Furniture - Art ...
Watertown slide table8/25/2012
  Q: I recently bought an old table as a refinishing project. I was looking it over and it has "Watertown ...
  A: Mrs. Sullivan - Watertown Slide Company made only the slides, not the table itself. Watertown and ...
Penn Funiture Co8/19/2012
  Q: We picked up a set of Penn Furniture Co. Huntington WV. I will send you a jpg picture. There's a ...
  A: Susan - Your set is Queen Anne style made during the Depression era of the 1930s. It is made of ...
1930's Vanity with mirror8/17/2012
  Q: I received this vanity from my grandmother who purchased it in the 1930's(I think). I can not find ...
  A: Dee Dee - Your vanity is from the Depression era of the 1930s. The mirror is the key to the date. ...
Jamestown Table & Co desk8/8/2012
  Q: I recently found an old Jamestown Table & Co. desk. Someone had tossed it out after it was slightly ...
  A: Matthew - If you need a desk then it is valuable. If you don't - it isn't. It is a modern production ...
Questions about my Emerson piano.8/6/2012
  Q: Taylor, I just read your answer to another person's question about their Emerson piano in which ...
  A: Cari – The serial number 52409 was used by Emerson between 1890 and 1895. Junius Hart of course was ...
Wanamaker Vanity8/4/2012
  Q: I bought this vanity at a garage sale and on the bottom it had written Wanamaker. Just interested ...
  A: Patricia - Wanamaker was an upscale department store in Philadelphia and New York. Here's the ...
S. Bent & Bros. Child's Swivel Chair8/3/2012
  Q: I recently acquired this chair at an estate auction. It has a paper label that has partially been ...
  A: Crystal - S. Bent was one the great chair makers in Gardner, Mass. Other well-known furniture ...
1920's Birdseye Maple Dining Set7/31/2012
  Q: Mr. Taylor, I have a 1920's Dining Table that I am interested in selling, but am having a difficult ...
  A: Stacie - I hate to tell you but your table is not made of birds eye maple veneer. Birds eye looks ...
rocking chair7/29/2012
  Q: This chair has been in our family for years. I was wondering if you could tell me what type it is ...
  A: Rhonda - Your chair is called a Boston rocker, identified by the shape of the front and rear of the ...
Early Globe Wernicke Bookcase7/24/2012
  Q: I recently acquired a 3-stack that has the G-W logo & patents stamped inside the base & cap ...
  A: Lance - You have a mixed cabinet. The base and crown are Globe-Wernicke but the middle sections are ...
Flint and Horner writing desk7/17/2012
  Q: I have an old writing desk that has some interesting features. It belonged to my grandmother, and I ...
  A: Mary - Your desk is called a "spinet" desk. In the 18th and 19th century when a spinet piano was ...
Berkey and Gay Chest7/16/2012
  Q: Berkey and Gay 4 drawer chest. There is a brass label in top drawer. Each drawer has 321 punch ...
  A: Your two over two B&G chest was made between 1929 and 1948 based on the medallion. It was probably ...
Crocker chair7/14/2012
  Q: Have a Crocker baby high chair. Found the company oline. And. Picture.of.the chair the catalog #is ...
  A: ILinda - Your oak high chair is Mission style from the early 20th century - probably 1910-1920. ...
secretary desk7/11/2012
  Q: I have a secretary desk (mahogany)that I'd really like to get more information on, it was given to ...
  A: Tracy - Your drop front secretary is from the 1940s or 1950s. The number 134 on the Mahogany ...
5 Legged Dining Room Table7/10/2012
  Q: Fred, I am in the process of refinishing the dining room table shown in the attached picture. It is ...
  A: Gary - Virtually identical tables are shown in the 1895 Montgomery Ward catalog and the 1897 and ...
Antique Table--The Weiman Company (Chicago)7/7/2012
  Q: I wanted to know if this table could be identified. I have searched the internet with no success. I ...
  A: Monique - Tables like that with carved tops and glass trays came into popular use after the end of ...
Bedroom Set by Landstrom Furn Corp7/6/2012
  Q: Not sure if you could help me. I was wondering what my bedroom set is worth. It has a dresser, ...
  A: Lynn - Landstrom was one of several furniture companies founded and run by Scandinavian craftsmen in ...
Old rocking chair?7/5/2012
  Q: Fred, My wife recently received this rocking chair from her cousin as a gift. She can't find any ...
  A: Steve - The chair was made around the turn of the 20th century., 1890-1910. It is made of birch with ...
Antique Rocking Chair7/4/2012
  Q: I have been trying for years to identify this rocking chair. There are not markings on it that I ...
  A: Cindy - The chair was made around the turn of the 20th century., 1890-1910. It is made of birch with ...
Mystery rocking chair/Unkown time-period7/1/2012
  Q: I just aquired a seemingly very old & falling apart rocking chair... im unsure of the time period, ...
  A: Chantelle - Your rocker is called a Windsor chair. A Windsor chair is a chair in which no vertical ...
My vanity dresser with mirror6/30/2012
  Q: This was my grandmothers dresser. I was hopping you could tell me something about it, like style and ...
  A: Rosie - The style of your vanity was called “Art Moderne” when it was introduced in the 1930s. It ...
Empire Furniture Co. dining set6/29/2012
  Q: 6 chairs, set of 5 leaves, and buffet with a label on the back of the buffet that states Munson ...
  A: Carol - Your dining set is from the Depression era of the 1930s. The oral family tradition of the ...
Trying to identify Furniture and Value6/28/2012
  Q: I have a 2 pieces of furniture from my grandparents and I am trying to get some info on it and see ...
  A: Gene - Thanks for the extra photos by email. The stamp "no 2240" is a model number. It is not an ...
Sligh Dresser & Mirror Set6/25/2012
  Q: I have a Sligh Dresser & Mirror set that I am looking for information on. On the back of the dresser ...
  A: Scott - The answer to the age of the dresser will be found on the mirror. All 20th century American ...
Questions about old rocking chair6/21/2012
  Q: I have attached some photos of a rocking chair that belonged to my Great Grandmother. I am now 76 ...
  A: Ed - Your chair is a type of press back chair, made around the turn of the 20th century. The design ...
Wernicke Elastic Book Case6/19/2012
  Q: I was at a tag sale yesterday and came across Wernicke Elastic Book Case, 4 levels tall with a ...
  A: Ira - Otto Wernicke patented the “elastic bookcase” in the early 1890s. He moved his business to ...
Jasper handpainted Desk6/17/2012
  Q: I need to know the value , year etc please
  A: Donna - The painting on your desk is called chinoiserie. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinoiserie ...
Gossip Bench6/14/2012
  Q: I just purchased this item and would like to know more about it.
  A: Josh - Utility tables in that form are commonly referred to as "gossip benches." They came along in ...
unusual desk (roll top)6/13/2012
  Q: Fred, I am in the midst of refinishing an oak desk. It had a set of alphabetical files in one of the ...
  A: Carolyn - Your desk is factory made from the turn of the 20th century and is part of the Golden Oak ...
s bent & Bros rocking chair 633 10806/2/2012
  Q: I would like to know if there is any value to this rocking chair. s bent & Bros rocking chair 633 ...
  A: Sal - Your chair is a modern Colonial Revival reproduction of a Windsor chair and has no antique or ...
Chair6/1/2012
  Q: 1929 small sofa chair Made by Lenoir chair company Frame 1750-A4 Serial # 62931838 Is it possible to ...
  A: Grace - If you can send me some clear digital photos of the chair I will be happy to tell you what I ...
table with watertown slide5/23/2012
  Q: i have an old table with a watertown table slide with leaves manufactured by Saginaw furniture ...
  A: John - After 1946 Saginaw Furniture Shops made cabinets with built in extension tables using T.E. ...
Museum piece5/18/2012
  Q: I am attaching a photo that is of a piece the local museum curator says was made in 1794 and was ...
  A: George - First, thanks for the great photos. I can't quite see enough of the top to verify or ...
1920's walnut table set5/15/2012
  Q: we just restored a 1920's walnut dining table that came with 6 matching chairs. The table set was ...
  A: Doris - The usual problem with pieces like this is that the leaves have been stored safely away for ...
recliner platform rocker5/14/2012
  Q: I bought this old rocker at a local auction, it was cheap, because of it's condition. I plan to ...
  A: Ron - That is the Chautauqua rocker/Recliner made by Larkin and illustrated in the 1909/1910 Larkin ...
O'Hearn Sugar Maple Desk w/Chair5/13/2012
  Q: Mr. Taylor, I recently came into possession of this desk and chair set from my grandmother. It has a ...
  A: Michael - Here is some hist0ry of O'Hearn written by a family member that can be found at ...
Chifferobe5/7/2012
  Q: I inherited a chifferobe from my great grandmother just recently. I am hoping that you can tell me ...
  A: Lori - Your chifferobe is from the late 1920s to mid 1930s. You may be able to find a date on the ...
duncan phyfe style drop leaf table5/6/2012
  Q: I was wondering if you could give me any info on this Duncan Phyfe-style drop leaf table. Age, type ...
  A: Beth - "Lex Chair Co" is the Lexington Chair Co of Lexington, NC. The table is made of mahogany ...
Cavalier Cedar Chest5/4/2012
  Q: Taylor, Wondering if you can tell me something about this Cavalier Cedar Chest. It has the paper ...
  A: JoAnn - I believe the information about the dating of labels is incorrect. Here is a site that shows ...
19th century student desk?4/21/2012
  Q: wondering what year this student's desk could have been made in and what the flip down cover is ...
  A: Chris - You have what is called an oak roll top desk. Smaller single pedestal desks like yours are ...
Antique buffet4/18/2012
  Q: I am trying to obtain any information I can on this antique buffet. My husband, who is no longer ...
  A: Jami - Your buffet is from the Golden Oak period of American furniture 1880-1920. It was made around ...
Refinishing a previously refinished chair?4/15/2012
  Q: I recently purchased a Mission Oak rocking chair on eBay. It has a label from "Life-Time Furniture" ...
  A: Heidi - Lifetime was a trade name first used by Grand Rapids Bookcase and Chair Co in 1911 for its ...
Arts and Craft Mission Style China Cabinet4/14/2012
  Q: We would really appreciate your help determining the maker. year, etc, of our Mission Style ...
  A: Barb - The Arts & Crafts/Mission style was the predominant style of American furniture in the early ...
Waterfall period dressers4/12/2012
  Q: We acquired a nice set of a high boy and a vanity / dresser from the waterfall period, both with ...
  A: Doris - Waterfall does not denote the period of the cabinets. Waterfall refers to the shape of the ...
Grand Rapids Bookcase and Chair4/4/2012
  Q: I recently bought a hutch. It has the makers label as well as "chamois oak" stamped on the back. I ...
  A: Julie – Grand Rapids Bookcase and Chair Co was formed in 1911 as the result of a merger between ...
Shaker sewing chair4/2/2012
  Q: I purchased this chair from an estate. It seems to be an authentic shaker chair. The joints are held ...
  A: Michael - I am positive your chair is neither a Shaker chair nor a sewing chair. The small scale, ...
How old is my Smoking Stand?4/1/2012
  Q: My husband rescued this smoking stand from a garbage pile many years ago. We have never gotten any ...
  A: Debbie - Your Queen Anne style "smoker" is from the Depression era of the 1930s. Smoking stands were ...
Pole screen3/31/2012
  Q: Inquiring about a fire pole-screen. It is in the federal period with elements of both Chippendale ...
  A: Pete - The need for a fire screen of the 18th and early 19th century was the fact that the make up ...
Grand Rapids Bookcase Chair Company3/30/2012
  Q: I got a very nice table I believe it to be walnut with 6 chairs. It is in very good condition and it ...
  A: Ronald - Your set is a European revival style from the 1930s. While Grand Rapids Bookcase and Chair ...
Mersman end table3/29/2012
  Q: I purchase a set of end tables at a house sale.The bottom has a triangle with Mersman 7377 inside as ...
  A: Trish - Your Mersman tables are from the mid 20th century and have no antique or collector's value. ...
Delaware Valley Rocking Chair3/28/2012
  Q: I'm trying to get a better feel of the age of my Delaware Valley Rocker. Other than the top slat and ...
  A: Pete - Thanks for the great photos. Give me a day or so to digest them and I will get back to you. ...
Old Heywood Brothers/Wakefield Rocker3/23/2012
  Q: I have an old Rocker and i like to find out what year it was made and the value. The oval tag on ...
  A: Ellie - Heywood Brothers & Co, a chair maker, and Wakefield Rattan merged in 1897 to form Heywood ...
Piano3/19/2012
  Q: I was given this piano ( I emailed the picture) and I can not seem to find any information on it. ...
  A: Blair - Gordon & Sons was founded in 1845 in New York as Gordon Piano Co. It was purchased by Bujr ...
windsor chair,Rhode Island?,Crocker?3/16/2012
  Q: I recently bought this chair and have researched but to no avail.The combination of bow back,brace ...
  A: Don - Your Windsor chair is a Colonial Revival reproduction made in the 1930s or 1940s. You can tell ...
Antique Chair3/10/2012
  Q: We bought this chair years ago at a small antique shop. There is a Pilgrim Furniture, 85 Grand St, ...
  A: Marita - Your chair is a recliner the late 1940s. It is not an antique. The company made a line of ...
Mersman Table3/9/2012
  Q: Bought at an estate sale of an older woman whose husband passed away found a coffee table with ...
  A: John - Mersman table number 5958 is illustrated on page 39 of the 1938 catalog. It showed in no ...
Antique Chair3/6/2012
  Q: Please advise the style of the attached chair. I would be interested to know the history of it and ...
  A: Bea - The style of the chair is Renaissance Revival from the 1880s. Renaissance Revival was the ...
dresser/newspaper3/2/2012
  Q: I have a dresser which has a newspaper behind the mirror called the New York Evening Journal dated ...
  A: Jacquie - Replacing the newspaper will not devalue the piece. It is part of the Golden Oak period of ...
Crocker Rocking Chair2/29/2012
  Q: I HAVE A CROCKER ROCKING CHAIR #4572 LABEL STILL ON CHAIR. Good condition. I am wondering the year ...
  A: Ron - Your chair is a sewing or nursing rocker from the 1910s to 1920s. It is made of walnut and has ...
Old buffet2/27/2012
  Q: Fred, my wife inherited a buffet from her grandmother. It's in poor condition. I would like to ...
  A: Bob - That could be a magnificent piece if properly restored. It needs to be disassembled ...
Black mahogany pedestal rocker2/26/2012
  Q: I would like to know the period and potential source of my black mahogany pedestal rocker, I thought ...
  A: Jeffrey - The chair is probably ebonized birch or cherry rather than mahogany. This technique was ...
Bassett furniture2/18/2012
  Q: I have just recently start my own very small furniture refinishing business and a friend of the ...
  A: Heath - Basset Furniture Co is barely old enough to have made any antiques. Here is the company ...
WF Manufacturing Breakfront2/10/2012
  Q: Mr. Taylor: Greetings. I hope this finds you in both good health and spirits. While researching a ...
  A: Lauren - Your cabinet is called a breakfront/secretary for obvious reasons. It is a Colonial Revival ...
Re: Victorian Era Sofa2/8/2012
  Q: Taylor and Thank You in advance for taking my inquiry; I came across an answer you had given ...
  A: Donna - You have a done a lot of research and you nailed the conclusions. The couch is a ...
trestle table2/7/2012
  Q: Recently I got a primitive farm trestle table. It has all wood dowels, straight saw? lines on the ...
  A: Carol - The wood does appear to be oak or hickory. The marks on the top of the leg are lathe marks. ...
hibriten settee2/6/2012
  Q: i recently bought a hibritren settee off of craig's list for $100. my plan was to repaint and ...
  A: Marcia - Your settee is a 20th century, factory made, mass produced reproduction of a Louis XVI ...
RWay Northern Furniture Co. Duncan Phyfe2/3/2012
  Q: Taylor My wife and I purchased an RWay Northern Furniture Co. mahogany dining set (circa 1950)in ...
  A: Joseph - An Rway set would never be priced at $8,000, even in the wildest dreams of the company ...
unusual chair from lex. chair company2/1/2012
  Q: Good afternoon! I acquired an interesting piece of furniture yesterday afternoon from an estate ...
  A: Erin - That is a "cobbler's bench" that is supposed to look like the benches used by 18th century ...
Nichols & Stone rocking chair1/31/2012
  Q: I have already read a response to a very similar question, but I have a little more info to ask ...
  A: Terri - The "69-6" is simply the model number of the chair. The "12 MAP" means it is made of maple ...
buffet1/30/2012
  Q: I recently purchased this buffet from my late cousin's estate. It belonged to my grandmother when I ...
  A: Sheri - This piece appears to be from the 1910s/1920s. You can confirm the date by the mirror. All ...
Syracuse Cabinet Company1/22/2012
  Q: I have a cedar chest on wooden casters with copper straps and copper details. On the inside it has ...
  A: Jason - Your cedar chest was almost certainly made prior to 1925. The style of the chest, with the ...
chair history1/20/2012
  Q: I purchased this at a thrift shop and am interested in it's history but have not been successful in ...
  A: Patricia - Your chair is a maple Windsor chair. A Windsor chair is a chair in which no vertical ...
mohair sofa and chairs1/19/2012
  Q: I hope you can provide some information regarding a carved wood and chair set that I bought in an ...
  A: Delta - Your carved frames were made during the Depression era of the 1930s, probably in Chicago. ...
Rocking chair appraisal1/18/2012
  Q: I inherited an antique rocking chair from my great aunt but unfortunately I not know anything about ...
  A: Denise - Your rocker is a Colonial Revival reproduction of a Windsor rocker made in Boston around ...
Phoenix Chair Sheboygan Wisconsin1/16/2012
  Q: I have a small wooden chair that I would describe as Windsor style. The label on the bottom of the ...
  A: Sharon - Your chair is a Windsor chair. It is a "fanback" Windsor based on the shape of the back and ...
Cedar Waterfall Chest1/13/2012
  Q: I just bought this cedar-lined waterfall chest and wondered what it may be worth? There is no ...
  A: Jennifer - Your cedar chest is from the 1930s to 1940s. The style was called “Art Moderne” when it ...
Buffet - Landstrom Furniture Corporation Rockford Illinois 18791/11/2012
  Q: My grandfather bought a number of antique pieces of furniture at auction in the Chicago area over ...
  A: Kim - Your sideboard is a Colonial Revival reproduction of a Federal period piece of the early 1800s ...
Shaker Rocker Value?1/8/2012
  Q: This chair has been in the family since the 1930's and is from the Shaker Village in Pittsfield, ...
  A: Ginny - In general Shaker rockers with mushroom cap arms sell at auction in the $100-$200 range with ...
Antique dresser with Mirror1/7/2012
  Q: Taylor, I am sending you this e-mail to find out what the year of this piece is and anything else ...
  A: Selma - Your unusual double vanity is from the Depression era of the late 1920s to mid 1930s. The ...
Gossip Bench1/3/2012
  Q: I can not find a manafacturer mark on this Bench. I have no idea of the dating or who may have made ...
  A: Lisa - Utility tables in that form are commonly referred to as "gossip benches." They came along in ...
Bedroom Set1/2/2012
  Q: I'm trying to find out anything I can about this bedroom set. I have searched everywhere I can think ...
  A: Trish - Your set is from the late 1920s to mid 1930s. The date of manufacture will be on the ...
Doernbecher Furniture Bedroom Set-Value?12/29/2011
  Q: I have a Doernbecher Furniture bedroom set. It includes a full sized bed, amoire, and a dresser with ...
  A: Michelle - Doernbecher was located in Portland, OR, founded around the turn of the 20th century. You ...
S. Bent Dining Chairs (circa 1967)12/17/2011
  Q: Mr. Fred Taylor, My wife & I have four S. Bent Chairs we bought new in approximately the month of ...
  A: Gerald - S. Bent was located in Gardner, Mass, the chair capital of the world. It was established in ...
Antique Vanity12/13/2011
  Q: I have an old family vanity and I just want to know around the time it was made. My Great ...
  A: Sarah - Your family vanity is from the late 1920s to mid 1930s. It has walnut veneer on the drawer ...
value of table12/8/2011
  Q: I have a small, antique drop-leave table. Can you give me an idea of its value?
  A: Barbara - Your table is from the Depression era of the 1930s and is not considered an antique. It is ...
antique platform rocker12/7/2011
  Q: Mr. Taylor, Can you tell me what I have here? I inherited this from my Dad. I know my folks bought ...
  A: Alan - Your have a chair designed and made by George Hunzinger. It has the characteristic Hunzinger ...
oak chair12/2/2011
  Q: Can you give me any details about these chairs (have 6)? My grandparents bought them USED in ...
  A: Vicki - Your chair is called a "T" back chair because of the shape formed by the crest rail and the ...
Antique Chair11/30/2011
  Q: I have a chair that has been in my family for years and my grandmother always took good care of it. ...
  A: Robyn - Your chair is Art Nouveau style from the early 20th century. Art Nouveau - the New Art - ...
brandt claw foot table11/26/2011
  Q: I just bought a brandt claw foot table drop sides lion head on drawer,stamp inside drawer..table is ...
  A: Nila - Brandt Cabinets of Hagerstown, MD was a maker of medium quality, mostly mahogany Colonial ...
Old Wooden Folding Chair11/23/2011
  Q: My mother had this old chair in her closet when she passed away. There are no markings on it that I ...
  A: Allen - Folding chairs, both rockers and straight chairs, were very popular in the late 1800s. They ...
2 lenoir chairs11/15/2011
  Q: I have 2 Lenoir chairs left by my aunt who lived in PA. Sticker is still on the bottom identifying ...
  A: Jeanie - Your chairs are Queen Anne style chairs with the vase shaped splat and French legs. They ...
Emerson piano11/8/2011
  Q: I have an old piano. The brand is Emerson and the serial number is 37513. Can you provide any ...
  A: Eva - If that is indeed the correct serial number, the Pierce Piano Atlas indicates the piano was ...
Antique Rocker11/2/2011
  Q: Just wondering if you knew anything about this Antique Rocker. I bought it at an Auction for ...
  A: Linda - Your rocker is a platform rocker that originally was a part of a parlor set. Parlor sets in ...
Antique Child's Rocking Chair11/1/2011
  Q: This is an antique child's rocking chair that is in original condition, it has not been refinished. ...
  A: Bob - The chair was made around the turn of the 20th century, 1890-1910. Formed or molded plywood ...
platform rocker10/30/2011
  Q: we have a platform rocker that I believe might be an Eastlake design. We are wondering if you may be ...
  A: Lisa - That is an Eastlake style chair (but not Eastlake stye upholstery). They were factory made ...
Jenny Lind Bed10/29/2011
  Q: My Grandmother gave this bed frame to me and told me that it was an original Jenny Lind bed. She has ...
  A: Cathy - Johanna Maria Lind was a Swedish opera singer born the illegitimate daughter of a bookkeeper ...
Kidney Shaped Desk10/23/2011
  Q: I have a kidney shaped desk stamped in the drawer at Taylor Made Jamestown Table Company. I sent ...
  A: Peggy - The kidney shaped desk came along in the late 18th century and was popular into the 1820s. ...
Oak Roll Top Desk10/22/2011
  Q: How do I remove the roll top section of the desk in order to bring it into our home? I have removed ...
  A: Joe - Put the saw back in the tool box. The number one rule of dismantling furniture is "It didn't ...
Cane seat chairs10/21/2011
  Q: I have these two chairs (see photo) that appear to be in moderately good condition with some wear of ...
  A: Oni - Your dining chairs appear to have the original sheet caning. They originally were part of a ...
unknown item...10/19/2011
  Q: bought this at an auction lady said she paid 650 for it 11 yrs ago..she knows nothing about it..it ...
  A: Val - That is a Rococo Revival style dressing table. My first impression was that it is from the ...
Saginaw Furniture Shops Bedroom Set10/18/2011
  Q: I was wondering if you could tell me anything about a bedroom set we purchased from an estate sale. ...
  A: Jeanne - Solid information about Saginaw furniture Shops is sketchy. They were in business at least ...
Chairs - Antiques?10/17/2011
  Q: I own 4 of these chairs manufactured by the Lexington Chair Co., Lexington, NC. They appear to have ...
  A: Ken - Your chairs are 20th century factory made chairs, probably made in the late 1940s to mid ...
The value of this buffet from the Empire Furniture Co. huntington w. va.10/16/2011
  Q: I would like to know what you think this buffet is valued at and if the chairs go with it? If the ...
  A: Diana - The buffet is a Colonial Revival reproduction of a Queen Anne buffet with William & Mary ...
Willamsport Chest of Drawers10/13/2011
  Q: Could you tell me the approximate year this chest was manufactured by Willamsport Furniture Co. We ...
  A: Lucinda - Your chest of drawers is actually called a chifforette. The term "chifforette" is based on ...
Music Back Chairs10/12/2011
  Q: Any idea if these chairs are a certain style or from a specific era?
  A: Charles - Your chairs are made in a Federal Revival reproduction style. The harp motif was a popular ...
White Furniture#452 vanity, chest of drawers, two twin beds10/9/2011
  Q: My wife has heirlooms, given to her my her godmother. She has a vanity, chest of drawers and a pair ...
  A: Michael - White was a top tier manufacturer when it was in business. Here is a site that has some ...
table10/8/2011
  Q: just purchased this today not much is known about it except it was found in someones attic over 60 ...
  A: Val - Your table is called a drop leaf gate leg extension table. It appears to be made of solid wood ...
antique american dresser, handmade?10/6/2011
  Q: This dresser was handed down in the family and we have been told it is quite old. It appears to be ...
  A: Katherine - The first clue that the chest is not terribly old is the fact that the veneer is held on ...
John Widdicomb cabinet9/22/2011
  Q: I have a cabinet with a metal tag in drawer that says Made by John Widdicomb Company Grand Rapids. ...
  A: Kim - John Widdicomb reincorporated his Widdicomb Mantle Co in 1897 to become the John Widdicomb ...
Old Family Rocking Chair9/16/2011
  Q: Fred, My Father used to be stationed in Minot North Dakota while serving in the Air Force during the ...
  A: David - If you can send me some clear digital photos of the rocker I will be happy to tell you what ...
rocking chair9/14/2011
  Q: Mr. Taylor, We recently came across this chair at a sale in Iowa. Neither of us has ever seen one ...
  A: Jeff - Your chair is the oak version of an Art Nouveau chair mixed with a Golden Oak rocker. It was ...
Lenoir Chair Co. China Cabinet9/13/2011
  Q: Please tell me anything you can about this China Cabinet.All I know is that my mother bought it in ...
  A: Susan - Your cabinet was made in the late 1940s. The style was called “Art Moderne” when it was ...
penn table co9/12/2011
  Q: Mr. Taylor; I have a table with 6 chairs (1 captain). The penn table co is under each piece of ...
  A: John - Your table and chairs are the very end of the "Art Deco" period. The style was called “Art ...
Colonial Arts table9/11/2011
  Q: I have a small woodden table with the label: Colonial Arts Furniture Shop, Herbert Carlson Talbe ...
  A: Kenneth - Colonial Art Furniture Shop was in business from 1941 to 1967. Your table is made of ...
John Widdicomb Drop Leaf Extension Table9/10/2011
  Q: I have a John Widdicomb Drop Leaf Extension Table with 4 leafs and am having a hard time finding any ...
  A: Ann - John Widdicomb reincorporated his original compnay, Widdicomb Mantel Co, as John Widdicomb Co ...
old desk9/9/2011
  Q: I purchased a old desk, very heavy, mission style, oak, it has two drawers, one on front and back ...
  A: BB - It sounds like a type of partner's desk and could have been used in almost any commercial ...
Lyre End Tables and Three Leg Coffee Table9/6/2011
  Q: Good evening, I found a set of older, "lyre style," end tables and a three legged coffee table at a ...
  A: Lina - Good catch for $40. All three tables are Depression era to late 1940s reproductions of ...
old Bassett china cabinet9/5/2011
  Q: I bought an old china cabinet (used) in 1993. The previous owner was 72, it belonged to his mother, ...
  A: Anita - Bassett was formed in 1902 in Virginia by the Bassett family who was in the retail and ...
We Love Grandma's Chair Set9/4/2011
  Q: I am so happy to come across this web site. I am renewing my effort to identify our set of chairs ...
  A: Jim - You have a late 19th/early 20th century parlor set. Parlor sets in the middle of the 19th ...
1920 ? furniture9/2/2011
  Q: I have 2 twin beds that look to be burl wood of some kind. I was thinking they may be from the ...
  A: Jamie - I believe the company you are talking about is Empire Case Goods in Jamestown, NY. The ...
value of my dining set8/31/2011
  Q: I have a dining room set from my grandmother that I no longer have space for. I have considered ...
  A: Julie - Thanks for the photos. Your dining set is from the Depression era of the 1930s. The main ...
Cedar Chest???8/29/2011
  Q: I have brought a cedar chest from a lady that a former co worker knows. I found a "MAILING CARD" in ...
  A: Elizabeth - There was only one company called Lane that made cedar chests. It was originally located ...
style, period, maker of chairs8/28/2011
  Q: I was wondering if you might know the style, period or maker of a pair of antique chairs I have. I ...
  A: Cheryl - Your chairs are called "balloon back" chairs because of their resemblance to a hot air ...
id a card table8/27/2011
  Q: Fred, I picked up a table from an estate sale. I think it is a card table as the top swivels and ...
  A: Jane - Actually there was more than one Brandt. One was in Celina, OH in the 1920s, one in ...
value of antique desk8/23/2011
  Q: I have a desk that was given to me by my mother who was my grandmothers that is stamped Maddox Table ...
  A: Dana - Your desk is a 20th century piece and is not an antique. If you can send me some clear ...
Chair8/22/2011
  Q: I have a chair and would like help in identifying the builder. I think it is a Chippendale and it ...
  A: Jan - Your chair is a Colonial Revival reproduction of an 18th century Chippendale chair, with ...
mersman pedi stool table8/20/2011
  Q: I was trying toget the value of a mersman table I bought last year it doesn't have the triangular ...
  A: Percilla - Your blurry photo does not give me much information. If you can send me some clear ...
Antique Rocker8/19/2011
  Q: You were so helpful when I emailed you about an antique fishing reel. I am hoping you can help me ...
  A: Jackie - Your platform rocker was made just before the turn of the 20th century - 1890 or so. The ...
rocking chair8/18/2011
  Q: I have an oak rocking chair that my aunt told me was purchased when my father was born in 1932. I ...
  A: Nancy - There are several possibilities for the seat, all of which were used during the period and ...
boston rocker8/17/2011
  Q: I think I just purchase a chare I was told it is a Boston rocker can you tell me if I over paid ? ...
  A: Magda - Your chair is indeed a Boston rocker, identified by the high roll in the back of the seat ...
antique loveseat8/16/2011
  Q: I have a piece of walnut furniture fron 1830 made in Amhurst Nova Scotia for the Inglis family and ...
  A: Patrick - I am curious about the 1830 date. Where did it come from? Is there any real provenance on ...
Life Time Furniture 3 Door Bookcase8/15/2011
  Q: I have a 3 door bookcase that has the Life Time Furniture Grand Rapids Bookcase and Chair Co. label ...
  A: Mary - Thanks for the excellent photos. Lifetime was a trademark used by the Grand Rapids Bookcase ...
bakers cabinet8/14/2011
  Q: The name on my cabinet is KITCHENola MASTER CABINET I can not find any history on this brand it ...
  A: Bertie - I assume you are talking about a Hoosier type cabinet and or a baker's table. I am not sure ...
ferguson bros. furniture8/13/2011
  Q: I have a two level folding bar set no.2207. I was wondering what it would be worth. It is a ...
  A: Mindee - If you can send me some clear digital photos of the bar I will be happy to tell you what I ...
Lincoln style rocker??8/12/2011
  Q: I was looking for any information on these two rocking chairs. They were my grandfathers and have ...
  A: Kari - The chairs are called "Lincoln" style rockers because that is the type chair Lincoln was ...
grand ledge chair8/10/2011
  Q: when was this made and what is it worth???
  A: Adrine - Like I used to tell customers who called me at my shop - "Hold it up to the phone so I can ...
bedroom suite8/9/2011
  Q: I have a bedroom suite from C.B.Atkins. It was my mothers shes had it for over 40 years. I was ...
  A: Eddie - If you can send me some clear digital photos of the set I will be happy to tell you what I ...
grand rapids chair and table rocking chair8/6/2011
  Q: Can you please help identify this rocking chair? It has a label for grand rapids chair and is It in ...
  A: Marvin - I could not find a company called Grand Rapids Chair and Table Co. I did find info on the ...
dinning room set8/5/2011
  Q: I have a dinning room set purchased by my grandparents from the Charlotte chair co. Charlotte ...
  A: Michael - If you can send me some clear digital photos of the set I will be happy to tell you what I ...
Craddock Dining Room Table8/4/2011
  Q: I have a Craddock Furniture Corp (read from tag on a chair) dining room table and 4 chairs. The ...
  A: Desiree - If you can send me some clear digital photos of the set I will be happy to tell you what I ...
Macey Barrister Bookcases8/3/2011
  Q: Will you direct me to a source for the Macey Barrister Bookcases?
  A: Linda - The best source will be auctions in your area. Check with local auctioneers and ask to be ...
Rocking chair info.8/2/2011
  Q: I purchased this rocker 40 years ago for a few dollars and would like to know the style and era. ...
  A: Paul - Your chair is a 20th century reproduction of a 19th century late Empire chair, circa 1830. ...
cabinet/bookshelf ?7/29/2011
  Q: I was given this project found in an old garage. It was in pieces and some are missing. I don't know ...
  A: Roy - You have one section, an end section, of a three piece Eastlake style bookcase from the 1880s. ...
sofa and chairs7/27/2011
  Q: I am wondering how old do you think this set is and how much is it worth?
  A: Diane -The style is French Rococo. The chair appears to be from the 1920s/1930s. This style and ...
B P John Furniture Corporation Dresser Value7/26/2011
  Q: I need to sell a dresser, and it has a sticker on the back with B P John Furniture Corporation. No. ...
  A: Lori - Thanks for the photos. Your chest of drawers is made of walnut veneer on the drawer fronts ...
Antique sofa7/25/2011
  Q: I recently purchased this antique sofa that seems to be in great condition. I cannot find any labels ...
  A: Charlene - Your sofa is a 20th century reproduction of an 1815-1830 New York Empire style sofa. The ...
Cavalier Bedroom Furniture7/24/2011
  Q: Where can I go to get more information on Cavalier furniture? I inherited my grandmothers bed, ...
  A: Terry - Most of the information online about Cavalier (Chattanooga, TN 1865) will concern their line ...
Table by Penn Table Co.7/23/2011
  Q: I have a dining room table and six chairs, one of which is a captain's chair. The table has 2 ...
  A: Claudia - Sorry but there is no way I can even begin to help you without seeing photos. If you can ...
showers brothers antique buffet7/22/2011
  Q: I just purchased an antique buffet to rejuvenate. Tag on back may indicate it was made by the ...
  A: Kathleen - I believe your buffet is from the late 1920 to mid 1930s. It is typical of the period ...
New England slat-back7/19/2011
  Q: Looking to get a better idea of the date of a New England slat-back chair. It is very similar to a ...
  A: Pete - Thanks for the great extra photos. Your chair is a Delaware Valley chair with plain box ...
taylor's comfortable chairs7/18/2011
  Q: My mom has an old chair that is very well built. It has a red makers tag on the back Taylor's ...
  A: Kane - Your mother's chair is well built because it was a commercial chair. It was used as a guest ...
FERGUSON BROS CLOVER LEAF DROP LEAF TABLE7/17/2011
  Q: WE RECENTLY PURCHASED A "FERGUSON BROS. MFG. CO. HOBOKEN, NJ" WALNUT CLOVERLEAF DROPLEAF TABLE. THE ...
  A: Sean - Ferguson Brothers was a maker of inexpensive "novelty" furniture. If you can send me some ...
Union Wire Mattress7/16/2011
  Q: Tucked under the eaves of our 1893 home in LaPorte, IN, I found a Union Wire mattress and was ...
  A: Drummond - The two major mattress companies of the late 19th century were Union Wire Matrress Co and ...
tables7/15/2011
  Q: I have a small table with a flat edge that would go against the wall, with the front curved. It has ...
  A: Patricia - Kiel was a prolific maker of living room tables in the Depression era of the late 1920s ...
Tomlinson table and chairs7/14/2011
  Q: Just purchased a Table and four chairs that still have a Tomlinson tag on them. Just wonderong if ...
  A: Roy - The set is from the Depression era of the 1930s. It appears to be made of walnut veneer and ...
FBM CO NJ-Humidor7/12/2011
  Q: I have a humidor made from the Ferguson Brothers Manufacturer in NJ. I have no idea how much it's ...
  A: Dawn - Ferguson Brothers was primarily a maker of "novelty" furniture. During the Depression of the ...
old murphy bed7/11/2011
  Q: Fred I have aquired an old murphy bed. It is on rollers, the front has a drop down secretary drawers ...
  A: Glena - Your bed is actually called a chifferobe bed. The chifferobe is on one side, the bed on the ...
Bedroom furniture7/8/2011
  Q: My grandmother left me her bedroom furniture when she passed away and I was wanting to find out some ...
  A: Shannon - The style of the set was called “Art Moderne” when it was introduced in the 1930s. It was ...
antique chair7/7/2011
  Q: I have had this chair for 20 years and no one has ever been able to identify what it's origin is. ...
  A: Tracy - From the one section of the chair I can see it appears to be a French style Rococo chair ...
Fenton Robertson sideboard7/3/2011
  Q: I found a bookshelf piece in my basement that was painted green. But when I looked on the back, ...
  A: Allan - The page you found on Fenton Roberston shows the year Jamestown companies were founded but ...
german shrunk7/2/2011
  Q: I also have a shrunk. I know mine is authentic. It hs yellow crystal in the doors. they don;t make ...
  A: Sorry but I can’t help you with the schrank (the correct term for a German wardrobe) ...
chifferobe7/1/2011
  Q: Recently I inherited a chifferobe from my Mom. I have been told it has been in my family for around ...
  A: Ben - If you can send me some clear digital photos of the chifferobe I will be happy to tell you ...
National Mount Airy Roll Top Desk6/30/2011
  Q: Can you tell me the value of this desk, I am attaching a few images of it. The stamp on the desk ...
  A: Teri – That is a nice looking desk but my area of expertise is American antique furniture. Your Mt. ...
Round Oak Table6/29/2011
  Q: I have a dining room table that I refinished years ago but I don't have the history for. I tried ...
  A: Michael - If you can send me some clear digital photos of the table including of view of the top and ...
Imperial Card Table?6/27/2011
  Q: Would you be able to offer some assistance. I picked up a folding "card" (that is what my wife says ...
  A: Dan - If you can send me some clear digital photos of the table I will be happy to tell you what I ...
antique desk6/26/2011
  Q: I have an antique desk That I have researched and have come up with no information, Can you give me ...
  A: Colleen - If you can send me some clear detailed digital photos of the desk I will be happy to tell ...
office desk6/25/2011
  Q: I was wondering what you cold tell me about this desk. on the bottom it is stamped. American ...
  A: Frank - If you can send me some clear digital photos of the desk I will be happy to tell you what I ...
what is it6/24/2011
  Q: we have a type of table 45in long 14in wide 28 in high, on wheels, you have to pull a bolt out and a ...
  A: Ken - If you can send me some clear digital photos of the table I will be happy to tell you what I ...
Need help identifying this piece6/22/2011
  Q: I was given this piece of furniture by a friend and am not very familiar with antiques. Could you ...
  A: Vanessa - Your vanity is from the mid 1930s to late 1940s. The mirror will have the date. All 20th ...
Folding Chair6/21/2011
  Q: Could you tell me what this chair might be worth? It has a tag underneath it by Ferguson Brothers ...
  A: Randy - Ferguson Brothers was primarily a maker of "novelty" furniture. During the Depression Era of ...
Elite Furniture Davenport Tables (2)6/20/2011
  Q: My grandmother owned this pair of tables. Size: 21.5" deep; 14" wide; 24.5" high. The sticker in ...
  A: Charlene - At 24.5 inches tall the tables were designed for use as end tables. Had they been 30 ...
drjandk@yahoo.com6/18/2011
  Q: Greetings Mr. Taylor~ We purchased a bedroom set from a local antique mall a few days ago. ...
  A: Kimbelry - The set was made in the late 1920s to the frist two years of the 1930s. Sligh Furniture ...
Heywood Wakefield6/17/2011
  Q: Fred Taylor, I am at a loss as to how to describe this beautiful piece of furnitre because I don't ...
  A: Amy - Thanks for the photos. Your knick-knack tray actually is not old at all. The eagle trademark ...
Lifetime Furniture & Chair Company, Hastings MI6/16/2011
  Q: My friend has 6 chairs with upholstered seats that are part of an entire dining set; The table top ...
  A: Jenn - "Lifetime" was a trademarked tradename used by Grand Rapids Bookcase and Chair Co of ...
Sligh Furniture Desk6/15/2011
  Q: I think your assessments are spot on so I have a few for you. I have done some research myself, but ...
  A: Jan - I can't quit see enough of the dresser in your partial photo. I would appreciate a full frame ...
(?) Antique bedroom set6/14/2011
  Q: I have NO clue about this set that was given to us. We have had to turn our extra room into a ...
  A: Kelly - That is an interesting set. The vanity is waterfall design from the Art Modern style of the ...
B.P.John china cabinet6/13/2011
  Q: I got my grandmothers china cabinet after she passed with all her Avon collectables from the 70,s. I ...
  A: Vanessa - If you can send me some clear digital photos of the cabinet I will be happy to tell you ...
Antique Bedroom Set6/12/2011
  Q: I have a mahogany bedroom set made by Drexel that I am trying to find the value of. I have ...
  A: Lindsey - The Chicago department store John A. Colby & Sons changed its name to simply Colby's in ...
oak glider rocker similar to picture posted by previous enquirer.6/11/2011
  Q: I have an oak glider that was purchased in Minnesota about 40yrs ago. It has Pat.May 28'88 on the ...
  A: Kerry - The glider hardware was patented in 1888 by George Hall of New York For some reason he ...
Small Mahogany Table6/7/2011
  Q: Recently I purchased a small round mahogany table at a garage sale for $5. Inside the drawer I ...
  A: Teresa - The “Mahogany Association” is not a company but a reaction to events. Around the turn of ...
Unusual Cedar Chest6/6/2011
  Q: Good morning Fred, My boyfriend and I recently purchased a cedar chest at an estate sale and we are ...
  A: Faith - That is a great find. That style is not exactly rare. I have seen a number of them over the ...
Maddox secretary6/5/2011
  Q: Where can I find a replacement key for the slant top desk? The desk was purchased in the 1950's or ...
  A: Nancy - Your best bet is at vandykes.com. If you have an idea of what the key looked like you can ...
Blue Bird Dinning Room Set6/2/2011
  Q: First of all, thank you for volunteering for this. This is my first time here and I think it's ...
  A: Taya - When you can send me some clear digital photos of the set I will be happy to tell you what I ...
dining room set5/31/2011
  Q: i recently acquired a dining room set. it looks pretty old and is in good condition, it is a table ...
  A: Billy - If you can send me some clear digital photos of the set I will be happy to tell you what I ...
Roper-made dining table5/30/2011
  Q: I have an oak dining table much like another you recently commented on. My research shows mine was ...
  A: Jean - Several very similar oak tables are illustrated in the 1902 Sears catalog but your exact ...
Sligh-Lowry Desk5/29/2011
  Q: I am thinking about selling a Sight-Lowry desk. The stamp under a top drawer says July 11, 1950 so I ...
  A: Diana - Your desk is a Colonial Revival reproduction of a Federal period desk of the early 1800s. ...
what kind of rocker?5/28/2011
  Q: I haven't been able to find out much about a platform rocker we acquired that looks fairly old. ...
  A: Ken - Your platform rocker is an Eastlake style rocker. Charles Locke Eastlake was an English ...
Wardrobe/Secretary??5/26/2011
  Q: I buy storage sheds at auction and came across a piece that I have no idea what it is. It is half ...
  A: Sheri - This is a quite common item in a slightly different form. Normally the wardrobe side has ...
Walnut Set5/25/2011
  Q: We have a set of furniture that we are looking to find out information about in preparation for ...
  A: Kirk - The fancy wood in the set is walnut but it is not burl, it is stump cut walnut veneer. This ...
Inlaid Rocker5/2/2011
  Q: Taylor, I'm trying to find out any information about my beautiful inlaid rocker. I've replaced the ...
  A: Laura - Your chair was made around the turn of the 20th century. The inlay work is in the style of ...
antique dressing table4/29/2011
  Q: I would like information about the estimated age and value of this dressing table. Any other ...
  A: Nancy - That form was called a vanity. The use of the term "dressing table" is usually reserved for ...
What type or style of chair is this4/28/2011
  Q: This chair has been in my mothers hallway for years. Her uncle left to her. Can you tell me what ...
  A: pmarc - Your chair is a 20th century reproduction of a 16th century Italian hall chair. This chair , ...
Desk4/25/2011
  Q: Hey Fred, pls see attache. Desk belonged to my Great Great Uncle who was a General in the Canadian ...
  A: Ross - Royal produced furniture under its own label from 1892 to 1931. If you can send me some ...
Furniture Built by JOHN since 18914/24/2011
  Q: I'm interested in finding out if you have any value information on furniture 'Built by JOHN' as well ...
  A: Kristi - B. P. John was a furniture manufacturer located in Portland, OR. He was active in the early ...
antique table and buffet4/23/2011
  Q: I have bought a table that is made by the Tomlinson Chair Manufacturing Co. The paper is still ...
  A: Sharon - I look forward to seeing the photos. You can send clear photos to me as .jpg files at ...
Royal Chair Co4/21/2011
  Q: I recently bought a Royal Chair Co "The Push Button Kind" in a storage unit. I can find lots of ...
  A: Peter - According to the book "Grand Rapids Furniture - The Story of America's Furniture City" by ...
Dining suite4/19/2011
  Q: My wife and I recently bought a dining room suite that we absolutely love, but we can find very ...
  A: Pete - You got the style correct. The style was called “Art Moderne” when it was introduced in the ...
Globe Wernicke Sectional Bookcase4/18/2011
  Q: Mr Taylor I have a 4 section oak G. W. bookcase the Humane Society wants me to sell for them on ...
  A: Julia - Hard to tell the age without seeing the bookcase but the early bookcases did not stand on ...
Conant Ball Dining Table4/4/2011
  Q: Fred, We have a Conant Ball dining table (see attached). It is at least 40+ years and is stamped ...
  A: Sachi - Conant-Ball was a 20th century manufacturer of good quality Colonial Revival style ...
Bassett China Cabinet4/2/2011
  Q: My family and I are moving so therefore selling most of our belongings. I've done some research but ...
  A: Christopher - Bassett may be older than you think. Here is some history on the company. ...
Drexel Heritage Furnishings3/31/2011
  Q: I have a table base that was with a glass top table 56 inch octagon. The base has a Drexel Heritage ...
  A: John - Drexel was formed in 1903 in Morganton, NC. In 1957 it acquired Heritage Furniture of High ...
Maddox China Hutch3/30/2011
  Q: I've inherited a Maddox Co hutch from my grandfather who passed. I've done a bit of research on the ...
  A: Sarah - The style of painting on your cabinet is called "chinoiserie." It was developed in Europe in ...
General Winthrop Bookcase/Secretary3/29/2011
  Q: I’ve read previous questions and answers regarding the origins of the slant top secretaries, which ...
  A: Lisa – Based on the photos your bookcase secretary is a lower medium quality model made with a ...
To Paint or Not to Paint?3/28/2011
  Q: Mr. Taylor, I have an old vanity table that I purchased in the early 1990s from a British importer ...
  A: Heidi - Paint it. It has no historical value and very little current market value. Items from the ...
Walnut Dining Table from Showers Brother Co.3/27/2011
  Q: My grandmother gave my father a dining table she had purchased many years prior. The table and 6 ...
  A: Christopher - Showers Brothers was one those Indiana furniture manufacturers in the 1920s through ...
Thomasville Chair Company Dining Set3/25/2011
  Q: This dining set was purchased new by my father-in-law in 1950 at Liberty Furniture in Spokane Wash. ...
  A: Cathryn - The set is a fairly modern design based on the English period of the early 19th century - ...
chest of 6-drawers3/14/2011
  Q: I have the following piece of furniture and I am not sure what it is. Do I break it up for firewood ...
  A: Denise - Your chest is a Colonial Revival reproduction of a Federal style chest on chest from the ...
old "standard" rolltop desk3/13/2011
  Q: I have an old rolltop , trying to understand the value. I think its in good condition. It says ...
  A: George - Your oak roll top is from around the turn of the 20th century. It was probably factory made ...
Sheets Manufacturing Company.3/12/2011
  Q: Could you estimate the value of this desk and tell me if it is worth restoring? I recently ...
  A: Jennifer - That is a very interesting looking desk. Right off the bat I could not find anything ...
Antigue Mission style hide a bed3/8/2011
  Q: I have a Mission style hide a bed that we restored, however, we can not figure out how to put the ...
  A: Vickie - Without seeing the bed I have no idea how to help you.You can send clear photos to me as ...
Highback bed3/6/2011
  Q: Taylor.This highback bed has been in my husbands family for many years.Recently the bed was passed ...
  A: Renee - Your bed is made of walnut and is from the late 19th century, 1880-1900. The style is called ...
Rocking Chair3/5/2011
  Q: My husband was asked by a friend to clean up and do some minor repairs to this chair (He does this ...
  A: Jennie - The chair appears to be made of quartersawn white oak. Quarter sawing is a method of ...
Drexel drop leaf dining table3/4/2011
  Q: I read a few of your other responses and you definitely seem like an expert on antique furniture of ...
  A: Sheri - That is called a "swing leg" table as opposed to a "gate leg" table. A gate leg table has a ...
foldup 1923 table made by f.b.m. co.3/3/2011
  Q: what is the value of the 1923 fold up table 30 inches by 30 made by f.b.m. co. serial # 3716 made in ...
  A: Donald - Your table is part of the "novelty" furniture movement of the Depression era. During the ...
from Sligh 1880 GrandRapids Furniture Co3/2/2011
  Q: I have a 5 piece bedroom set that i purchased twenty years ago from an old thrift store. Set is made ...
  A: Luri - I really need to see the set to answer your question. If you can send me some clear digital ...
Antique Recliner3/1/2011
  Q: I bought an antique recliner about 30 yrs ago from a little old lady. She told me it was Mahogany ...
  A: Betty - I can't help you if I can't see the chair. If you can send me some clear digital photos I ...
Taylor Jamestown Secretary Desk2/28/2011
  Q: My mom passed away last year, and this was one of her favorite pieces. I'm sure she purchased it ...
  A: Sandy - That does appear to be a very well made Colonial Revival reproduction of a Queen Anne style ...
1930-1940? Table chairs and cabinet2/26/2011
  Q: I have very much enjoyed the responses you have provided to other people on questions similar to ...
  A: Jim - The pieces appear to be from the Depression era of the 1930s. I can't tell much about the set ...
globe-wernicke barrister bookcase2/24/2011
  Q: my bookcase is one section of 2 shelves with sliding doors and a top and a bottom. the name plate is ...
  A: Charles - Without seeing photos of your cabinet it is hard to give an approximate value. I have ...
Rocking chair2/23/2011
  Q: Could you help us to identify the origin and age of this rocking chair? Thank you in advance for ...
  A: Mike - Your chair is from around 1900. It is American factory made. The frame and arms are made of ...
1929 Lexington Chair Co. Table and Chairs2/22/2011
  Q: I have just bought this table and set of 4 chairs from a friend. There is a stamp under the table ...
  A: Nikki - Your table and chairs are reasonably well made Colonial Revival reproductions of Federal ...
murphy bed2/21/2011
  Q: if i send you some pictures of the bed would you be able to help me in finding a way to have it ...
  A: Renee - If you can send me some clear digital photos of the bed I will be happy to tell you what I ...
Lion head and arms rocking chair2/12/2011
  Q: This lion head rocking chair was in the family for at least 60 yrs, maybe longer. Can you give me ...
  A: Sanz - Your chair is from around the turn of the century. Animal figures were a very important part ...
fern stand2/9/2011
  Q: This piece is marked under the middle shelf. "MADE BY MORGAN MANUFACTURING CO JAME*" (the last part ...
  A: Sean - Morgan Manufacturing was established in Jamestown, NY in 1890 and was one of the smaller ...
Hibriten chair2/8/2011
  Q: I have a chair made by Hibriten Chair Co Lenoir NC, #15576, color: spotshed wine, frame number ...
  A: Will - According to the history of Broyhill Furniture Industries, it was incorporated in 1926 as ...
antique wooden knobs2/6/2011
  Q: After winning a menagerie of antique items at a local auction, I proceeded to open an antique box ...
  A: Sherrill - I have a box just like that from my restoration shop - and another with brass drawer ...
Rocking chair, sitting chair2/5/2011
  Q: This rocking chair was given to me in ‘73-74 and I was told that it was an antique when I received ...
  A: Robin - Your chair is an earlry 20th century chair and is not an antique. It was factory made, ...
Doernbecher Dining Room Set2/3/2011
  Q: I have a Doernbecher dining room set I want to sell. I do not have a clue as to what the value ...
  A: Elinor - Your set is from the Depression era of the 1930s. The style is part of the Colonial Revival ...
2 cherry wood dressers/john wanamaker2/2/2011
  Q: I have a 6 drawer dresser and a 7 drawer dresser both have tags on back that says John Wanamaker ...
  A: Lily - "Taylor Made" was the trade name for Jamestown Table Co. of Jamestown, NY. Founded in the ...
victorian childs desk and chair1/31/2011
  Q: I acquired a childs victorian desk and chair a few years ago and am looking for any information as ...
  A: Chrissy - That is a very interesting set and I have an idea of what it really may be but I need more ...
Reproduction -- maker's mark?1/29/2011
  Q: I acquired a reproduction pierced mahogany hanging shelf. Solid mahogany, dovetailed drawers, etc. ...
  A: David - Your shelf falls in the category of novelty furniture. During the Depression of the 1930s ...
Serpentine Dresser1/28/2011
  Q: I'm trying to find out a time period/info/price range (I'd like to sell it and I'm not sure if it ...
  A: Victoria - Your dresser is a Colonial Revival reproduction of a Chippendale chest circa 1775-1780. A ...
Green Man Chair1/26/2011
  Q: WOnderful to discover you on All Experts: re attached image The Green Man Chair was given to me ...
  A: Ross - The "Green Man" is a mythical figure from time past (it was common in Medieval times), origin ...
Mersman sofa table1/24/2011
  Q: I have my mother's Mersman coffee/sofa table that my dad purchased in the '50s. It has Mersman, ...
  A: Gayle - I do not have a Mersman catalog so I cannot comment about your table specifically since you ...
B L Marble Chair1/23/2011
  Q: I have a nice walnut swivel desk chair. The color is walnut 32 and the series is 6907. A label on ...
  A: Paul - Here is some history on the B. L. Marble Chair Co. ...
Slat-back arm chair1/22/2011
  Q: I picked up a nice old slat-back arm chair recently. It has many of the characteristics of a ...
  A: Pete - While the chair does not strictly conform to the standard idea of a Delaware Valley chair, ...
need the value of a cedar chest1/21/2011
  Q: I just bought a ceder chest at a second hand store for 50.00 $ canadian. The stlye # is 9644 main ...
  A: Deanna - Knechtel was founded in Western Ontario 1864 and remained in the original family hands at ...
appraisal1/20/2011
  Q: I have a mahogony serpentine style sideboard by morganton furniture. can you tell me if it is worth ...
  A: Mary - If you can send me some clear digital photos of the sideboard I will be happy to tell you ...
armchair1/16/2011
  Q: Do you have any info about this chair, the age or origin? Value would be appreciated if you know... ...
  A: Robin - That style chair is called a “face chair.” Figures in the back of a chair were very popular ...
Willette Bedroom Set1/15/2011
  Q: You helped me before and I am hoping you can help me again. My son is the one that bought the lake ...
  A: Jackie - Your set is made of maple and is from the late 1940s to late 1950s. You can check the date ...
tiger oak1/13/2011
  Q: just what is tiger oak wood please, are there varying types and are more desireable than others - ...
  A: Kathy - Tiger eye oak or cat's eye oak is the colloquial name used for white oak (Quercus alba) that ...
Robbins Table? Eastlake Chairs?1/12/2011
  Q: I am looking for information (and an approximate value) on this table and set of chairs that was ...
  A: Jackie - Robbins Table Co was formed in Grand Rapids around 1888. "Grand Rapids Furniture - The ...
Help identyfying chair1/10/2011
  Q: I got this chair from a neighbor who was throwing it out. I have no clue how old it might be but ...
  A: Derek - The chair is very similar to the Lincoln rocker in which he was shot in 1865. His was a ...
w. schram & sons chair1/7/2011
  Q: I have a wooden rocker with a floral fabric seat. The tag under the chair reads W, Schram & Sons' ...
  A: Robert - The distinguishing feature of Schram rokcers is the single large vertical spring on each ...
Federal style dining room set?1/6/2011
  Q: Sir, I inherited this dining room set from my grandmother. I believe it is a federal style set with ...
  A: Mary - You are correct about the style. The set is a Colonial Revival reproduction of Federal period ...
flints fine furniture1/5/2011
  Q: I have a desk that has a medal tag on back flint's fine furniture. the front shut up with key and ...
  A: Melissa - Flint's Fine Furniture was a department store style furniture retailer opened after George ...
Chairs1/1/2011
  Q: I have 4 of these chairs. The label says Heywood Brothers and Wakefield Company Chicago. The inset ...
  A: Kathy - Your chairs were made between 1897, when Heywood Brothers and Wakefield Rattan combined to ...
Kaplan Buffet12/30/2010
  Q: We inherited this piece and a matching dining table from family. It was purchased sometime in the ...
  A: Mary Ann - The wood in this piece is selected light cherry. Most cherry is not red like many poeple ...
Kaplan Antique Furniture12/29/2010
  Q: I have a sofa 2 chairs and ottoman that were my Grandmothers. I found a metal tag on the bottom of ...
  A: Nita - Meyer Kaplan (b. 1914) worked in the furniture factory of Lakeside Furniture in Chicago until ...
robert irwin furniture12/27/2010
  Q: have dining room set, will be moving soon, and will need to dispose of. On each piece there looks to ...
  A: Sheila - Royal Furniture was founded in Grand Rapids in 1892. In the mid 1910s it began using the ...
Federal Empire couch12/25/2010
  Q: I have this couch i am working on and these marks XXX are on all the pieces, and the frame. Could ...
  A: Dennis - Your couch is neither Federal not Empire. It is Late Classicism, the last of the classical ...
Globe-Wernicke Sectional Bookcase12/22/2010
  Q: I received as a gift a Globe-Wernicke Sectional Bookcase and would like general information ...
  A: Maggie - This forum does not allow sufficient space for me to adequately answer your question. If ...
Grand Rapids12/20/2010
  Q: I have two side tables very delicate in weight, basically rectangular with an arc on each short ...
  A: Khym - The metal tag is the mark of the Grand Rapids Furniture Makers Guild formed in 1931 as a way ...
My grandmother's dresser12/19/2010
  Q: This was my grandmother's dresser and she had owned it for what seemed like forever. I don't know ...
  A: Tracy - Your dresser is actually a server or sideboard designed for use in a dining room. Linens and ...
SIDEBOARD ATTRIBUTION12/16/2010
  Q: Taylor, Thank you in advance for your review. The photos attached are of a sideboard that was "lost" ...
  A: Tim - The sideboard is circa 1850-1860 in the Renaissance Revival style. I need much better photos ...
Statesville Rocking Chair12/15/2010
  Q: just trying to determine age/worth of this Statesville Chair company rocking chair I purchased at ...
  A: Jessica - The tag has no usefiul information. That's all legal crap. If you can send me some clear ...
Rocking Chair12/14/2010
  Q: Fred My dad recently found and fell in love with this antique rocking chair. I was hoping to find ...
  A: Joya - The style can be described as "eclectic" which was typical for the period. The chair was ...
glider rocking chair12/13/2010
  Q: I hope you can answer a question about a rocking chair that has been in my family for a long time. ...
  A: Angie - Your glider is known as a "Lowentraut" glider. The glider hardware was patented in 1888 by ...
Paine Rocking Chair12/11/2010
  Q: I have a Paine Furniture rocker that hat the small oval label mostly intact and also 1215C and INC. ...
  A: Colin - Paine Furniture of Boston was noted primarily for its Arts & Crafts/Mission style ...
Hoosier cabinet12/8/2010
  Q: I'm wondering if you can assist me in identifying the manufacturer, year, and any other information ...
  A: Shawn - Thanks for the excellent photos sent to my email address. Your cabinet appears to be a ...
Duncan Phyfe drum tables12/6/2010
  Q: I have a set of Duncan Phyfe drum tables that I got at a auction.I like the look of them and that ...
  A: Connie - Your tables are Hepplewhite style tambour lamp tables although the doors are actually ...
antique bed12/4/2010
  Q: We purchased this bed from the previous owner of the 1786 home that we just purchased. He said that ...
  A: Geri - If you can send me some clear digital photos of the bed, especially the hardware that ...
walter of wabash #4 hutch dinning table12/3/2010
  Q: We just purchase this walter of wabash #4 from craiglist and we are going to have it refinished the ...
  A: Charity - Walter of Wabash was the maker of the table slides, not the table or the hutch. The matter ...
Value of Antique S. Bent Windsor Chair12/2/2010
  Q: Taylor, Could you please tell me the value of this 1867 S. Bent & Brothers chair? I would also ...
  A: Michelle - 1867 was the year S. Bent was founded, not the year your chair was made. Most S. Bent ...
Value of Shower Bros. Dresser11/18/2010
  Q: We purchased a cottage that was built in 1922. A dresser remained in the cottage. The back is ...
  A: Deborah - The dresser was made after the cottage. The dresser is from the Depression era of the ...
Globe Wernicke Co. File cabinet & book case11/16/2010
  Q: I have two pieces of Globe Wernicke Co. file cabnets. One has 4 glass sliding type doors, the size ...
  A: Kent - The stacking bookcase, commonly called a barrister or lawyers' bookcase, was originally ...
Charlotte Chair Company11/15/2010
  Q: I have 6 Mission Style chairs with leather seaats one of the chairs is a captains chair. We know ...
  A: Anna - Oral family history is the least reliable source of information about family furniture and in ...
Crocker Chair Co. Pattern # 882011/14/2010
  Q: My wife was given what I call a Half table by her daughter who acquired it after her husband's Aunt ...
  A: Ronald - If you can send me some clear digital photos of the table I will be happy to tell you what ...
Jacobian Server11/10/2010
  Q: I recently purchased a Jacobian style server and the Grand Rapids Bookcase and Chair Furniture Co. ...
  A: Caryn - In general Jacobean was a Colonial Revival style that was most popular in the Depression era ...
Replacement Chair11/9/2010
  Q: I have a dining room set that includes a Brandt drop leaf table and 6 chairs. One of the chairs was ...
  A: Tom - Your chair is a highly stylized 20th century reproduction (more or less) of a Victorian period ...
Kidney shaped desk11/8/2010
  Q: We have a kidney shaped desk we inherited from Grandparents who were the original owners. we are ...
  A: George - The style, kidney shape, was popularized by Thomas Sheraton, the English designer, in the ...
Royal Furniture11/7/2010
  Q: I have a desk that has a coin indented into the drawer of the desk. It says Royal Furniture Grand ...
  A: Arlene - Royal Furniture Co was formed in Grand Rapids in 1892 as the successor to Universal Tripod ...
an iron bed11/6/2010
  Q: how old is this iron bed? no castors. At this time we are in the process of sanding the rust off ...
  A: Norma - You are wasting your time sanding off the rust. It will be reformed (invisibly) where you ...
Antique Loveseat11/4/2010
  Q: Fred, I have a loveseat from late 1800s-early 1900s that has been passed down in my family. It has ...
  A: Ed - I hate to tell you but your upholsterer is correct. The love seat is not supposed to have hump ...
Macey stack bookcase with secretary11/3/2010
  Q: I have a Macey 3 stack bookcase with a drop-front desk/secretary unit as the 4th stack. It sits on a ...
  A: Cheryl - Otto Wernicke opened the Wernicke Furniture Co in Grand Rapids in 1893. In 1895 he patented ...
Stickley "Quaint" occassional chair10/26/2010
  Q: This was my Uncle's favorite chair. It was out on a covered porch for years. It was my favorite ...
  A: Mary - Your Stickley Brothers chair was part of the Quaint line of Mission style furniture made by ...
Antique dining set10/25/2010
  Q: I have a full dining set including table with 6 chairs, china cab & buffet. My mom said it was ...
  A: Your set was made in the Depression era of the 1930s. The wood on the china cabinet is fiddleback ...
antique chair10/9/2010
  Q: I found this chair when cleaning out my mother and father in laws basement. They do not know where ...
  A: Paula - The chair was made around the turn of the 20th century. It is made of birch with a mahogany ...
identify Windsor chair10/8/2010
  Q: I have an antique Windsor chair can you tell me anything about it>
  A: Pam - A Windsor chair is a chair in which no vertical element runs continuously from top to bottom. ...
Huntley Dining Chairs10/7/2010
  Q: I have 6 dining chairs that are made by B.F.Huntley. I am wondering if they are antique and what ...
  A: Olivia - Your chairs are not antique. They appear to be from the early 1960s, made of walnut. B.F ...
ROUND LEATHER CHAIR SEAT10/6/2010
  Q: I need to replace round leather actually looks like fiber seat cover. The originals are 15" and I ...
  A: Tim - It looks like 15in seats are hard to come by. You probably will have to buy a 16in or 18in ...
age/value of antique Macey book case10/3/2010
  Q: I have a 5 section barrister book case with the name MACEY 911,FINISH 13. This was given to me ...
  A: Judith - Otto Wernicke patented the design for the "elastic bookcase" in the early 1890s. In 1893 he ...
Oak Buffet, Duncan Phife table, plant stand, retro couch10/2/2010
  Q: I wondered if you could tell me the prices I could get on these items. I've tried craigslist and no ...
  A: Diana - Your buffet is Jacobean style, named for King James I of the early 17th century. The Latin ...
VINTAGE CHEST OF DRAWERS10/1/2010
  Q: I BOUGHT A CHEST OF DRAWERS,COVERED WITH MANY LAYERS OF PAINT, i HAVE REMOVED THE PAINT TO FIND A ...
  A: Sarah - Wax of any sort is never a finish. It is a dressing applied to a surface finish. If applied ...
Question about antique table9/28/2010
  Q: I have a antique table I bought at an auction 18 years ago mahogany flip top table it came with four ...
  A: Sharon - First understand that your table is not an antique by most definitons. It is a Colonial ...
Heywood Bros & Co. bentwood chair9/27/2010
  Q: I have tried and could not find any information on this chair, most info pertained to Heywood and ...
  A: Jo Anne - The family chair business of the Heywood brothers was incorporated in 1861 as Heywood ...
rope beds9/25/2010
  Q: i have 2 rope beds, one is 3/4 size and one is twin although a regular mattress will not fit them as ...
  A: Nancy - While rope beds are interesting from a furniture history point of view they are not very ...
cedar chest9/24/2010
  Q: I recently inherited the cedar chest of my aunt who passed away in 2007 at the age of 99. The chest ...
  A: Edie - Your solid cedar chest with the copper or brass bands was made in the early 20th century, ...
hard rock maple rocking chair9/11/2010
  Q: I have a wood rocker height 34" width in seat 20" and seat is 15" off floor. Stamped on the bottom ...
  A: Sherry - Most Nichols & Stone chairs are 20th century Colonial Revival reproductions and sell at ...
1947 waterfall bedroom set9/10/2010
  Q: I have my parents 1947 waterfall bedroom set. It consists of a double bed w/headboard/footboard, a ...
  A: Bob - Without seeing the set I can't really give you a solid value but sets like that in good ...
Jenny Lind double bed, dresser and dressing table9/9/2010
  Q: I have a double Jenny Lind bed with a dresser and dressing table I think were bought as a set by my ...
  A: William - Email me at info@furnituredetective.com with your email address and I will send you the ...
Barrister antique bookcases9/6/2010
  Q: What is a fair price to pay for a three or four stack bookcase in decent condition from a dealer? ...
  A: Mike - The most frequently seen bookcases are those made by Globe-Wernicke. The best constructed ...
New Haven wheelchair9/5/2010
  Q: I have purchased an antique wheelchair from an auction several years ago. I found New Haven Folding ...
  A: Lisa - New Haven Folding Chair Cop. was located at 552 State St, New Haven, CT in the late 19th ...
Antique Wicker Rocker9/3/2010
  Q: I have an antique wicker rocker which belonged to my great grandmother. It is in wonderful ...
  A: Pam - The style of your chair is more consistent with the 1890s than the 1910s. By the 1910s the ...
Antique Wicker Bassinette9/1/2010
  Q: My parents purchased this lovely bassinette for my sister in 1940. It has been used in the family ...
  A: Jan - At 1940 this would not be considered an antique. It is modern 20th century wicker production. ...
pie cupboard?8/31/2010
  Q: Can you identify this cupboard? It has 3 sets of sliding doors and appears to be either a pie ...
  A: Helene - From what I can see this is a one of a kind "shop" project. The doors are made of birch ...
rocking chair8/30/2010
  Q: I have an antique rocker but it has no identification as to manufacturer. I wish to sell it, but ...
  A: Helene - Calling it a "Stickley" covers a lot of territory. There were five Stickley brothers and ...
duncan phyfe dining room set8/19/2010
  Q: My mother inherited a dining room set from her mother-dual pedestal table, 7 chairs (2 Captain), ...
  A: Charles - Rather than Duncan Phyfe style, your dining room set is a Colonial Revival reproduction of ...
american highboy8/18/2010
  Q: Can you date this piece for me? Also, do you think that the brasses are original? Is it unusual to ...
  A: Bruce - The style and form of the cabinet is that of a Salem, Mass highboy circa 1740-1750 but I ...
mothers funiture8/16/2010
  Q: my mother bought a sofa at an estate sale and a table from a little shop and is very curious about ...
  A: Chris - If you can send me some clear digital photos of the sofa and table I will be happy to tell ...
Identification of chair8/15/2010
  Q: I would like to get an identification of the image attached. We are not in the market for selling, ...
  A: James - Your chair is part of a three or five piece parlor set circa 1890-1910. The style is Empire ...
nursing rocker8/14/2010
  Q: I have a rocking chair we purchased from a dealer in Delaware 30 years ago. It has a very low seat, ...
  A: Don - That type chair is called a nursing rocker or a sewing rocker. The low armless rocker became ...
Vintage fabric for old radios8/13/2010
  Q: Can you tell me if there's a source for vintage radio fabric? A friend is fixing up an old Magnavox ...
  A: Bob - You really don't want vintage fabric. It will be too fragile. For a restoration the best thing ...
pyramid chest?8/10/2010
  Q: Can you please help me date this? Also, any way of knowing what kind of what it might be made of? ...
  A: Jen - Based on the extra photos you sent me, your lingerie chest is an oriental import, probably ...
What year was such piano fabricated?8/9/2010
  Q: Question Todd My church has and old Emerson upright piano that has this written stamped under the ...
  A: Paulo - Thomas Goggant & Bros was the dealer who originally ordered the piano from Emerson. Putting ...
Macey Barrister Bookcase8/8/2010
  Q: I inherited a side-by-sde Macey bookcase several years ago. I'm curious about the value. Some of the ...
  A: Fred - Macey bookcases have an interesting history. Otto Wernicke of Grand Rapids patented the ...
Pullman couch8/7/2010
  Q: this sofa has been in my husband’s family since the 40’s, purchased from what was the Villa of ...
  A: Esther - The Pullman Couch Co was formed in 1906 when Jacob Schnadig and his brother-in-law Julius ...
Dining table and chairs8/4/2010
  Q: My grandmother recently passed and left me a table and chairs. It is not in the best shape but very ...
  A: Steven - Your table and chairs are from the Depression era of the 1930s. The table is a reproduction ...
2 dressers8/2/2010
  Q: I have 2 dressers that I have refinished due to the previous owner love of mint green paint and ...
  A: Karen - The chest of drawers pictured is called a "bonnet chest" because the door was used to store ...
info on table8/1/2010
  Q: Fred, I just purchased this table and I am trying to get some info about it, such as age, ...
  A: Bob - Your table is an Empire Revival style table from around the turn of the 20th century. It is ...
mission style rocking chair7/31/2010
  Q: I was wondering if you have any info on this rocker. The label is from M. Friedman & Co. 259 Post ...
  A: Wanda - M. Friedman was a retailer in San Francisco around the turn of the 20th century. There is no ...
mission rocking chair7/25/2010
  Q: Could you help me identify the maker of my mission rocking chair.It retains no labels or marks.Also ...
  A: Paul - Without a maker's mark it is impossible to identify the origin of your rocker. So many ...
gentlemans valet7/24/2010
  Q: I'm not really sure if this chair is America and if not I'm sorry I wasted your time. My motjer ...
  A: Thomasina - Your valet is in the Danish Modern style that afflicted America in the 1960s and 1970s. ...
mahogany furniture7/23/2010
  Q: I have come across a side table that I would love to know the history of, more than the value. Its a ...
  A: Amanda - The Mahogany Association sticker assures you three things - 1) it is in fact made of ...
antique secretary7/22/2010
  Q: I have a flame mahogany veneered secretary with 13 drawers that increase in size vertically and a ...
  A: Patricia - Thirteen of anything in furniture, such as the thirteen panes of glass in a china cabinet ...
heywood brothers and rattan co7/21/2010
  Q: I have two chairs and a rocking chair the paper tag on the bottom say the company name and have the ...
  A: Donna - If you can send me some clear digital photos of the chairs I will be happy to tell you what ...
widdicomb desk7/20/2010
  Q: I have a desk made by the widdicomb funiture company, of grand rapids, michigan. Inside the desks ...
  A: Rick - The Widdicomb Furniture Co, not to be confused with the John Widdicomb Co., was formed in ...
platform rocker7/19/2010
  Q: just wondering what u can tell me about this platform rocker age value etc thanks
  A: Brian - Sorry but that doesn't look like a platform rocker. I need to see additnal photos including ...
Mandel Bros china cabinet7/18/2010
  Q: I picked up a china cabinet in perfect condition. The previousl owner claims it was bought in 1919. ...
  A: Elena - Madel Brothers was a department store in Chicago and did not make any furniture. Here's the ...
cigar rolling stand7/16/2010
  Q: I can't seem to find anything on this piece. It was for rolling cigars on the top and holding ...
  A: Dave - The stand is made of oak plywood with replaced modern hinges. It appears to be from the ...
question about furniture7/15/2010
  Q: period wood type, etc. I have to move to an apt and i was going to advertise for 500 dollars cuz I ...
  A: Janet - Your cabinet is called a server. A buffet is much bigger. It is part of a dining set and was ...
Kittelberger Bros table7/14/2010
  Q: I just bought a console/lamp table that has a label on the bottom that says Kittelberger Bros, ...
  A: Kristen - I was able to find out that the company was still in business at the beginning of the ...
Cane seat chair7/13/2010
  Q: I'm looking to get a better idea of the age of my cane seat chair which needs to be repaired. I ...
  A: Pete - Thanks for the great photos. This style chair with arched crest rail and splat and saber legs ...
Storkline Crib7/12/2010
  Q: I was given this crib made by Storkline Furniture Chicago Il. It is lavander with hand painted ...
  A: Beth - Storkline was formed in Chicago after World War I and was considered to be a "novelty" ...
Drexel dining table and chairs7/11/2010
  Q: I believe I have a dining table and chairs set from Drexel. The markings on the bottom are 3400, ...
  A: Brittany - The general rule for Drexel is that if it doesn't say Drexel, it isn't. If you can send ...
Brandt furniture7/10/2010
  Q: I have a couch, pic attached, with two matching chairs, one is a winged and the other is not, which ...
  A: Suzi - You didn't show me much of the couch so I can't tell you much about the set. The exposed ...
Finch Fine Furniture7/8/2010
  Q: I found the question regarding Finch Fine Furniture and I also have a piece, a "desk with a mirror". ...
  A: Beth - I have found no more definitive information. I do know that the Finch brothers were creditors ...
Patened date 1896 Emerson piano7/7/2010
  Q: Mr. Taylor I read a Question on "ALL EXPERTS" about a Emerson Piano that you answered, and it ...
  A: James - Maybe you have a little bit of a mystery on your hands if that is indeed the correct serial ...
maddox table7/6/2010
  Q: i have piece of furniture that says maddox table jamestown n.y.also says colonial reproduction.it ...
  A: Mark - It sounds like you have a breakfront secretary but I can't tell how old it is without seeing ...
Chair7/5/2010
  Q: I have two old chairs but I don't know what style they are or if they are antique the legs are wood ...
  A: Aurora - Your chairs are modified wing chairs. Original wing chairs had a "wing" on each side of the ...
identifying chair6/27/2010
  Q: Could you please help me identify this chair I bought recently.
  A: Inge - The chair looks like an Art Nouveau style chair. Art Nouveau (new art) was a style developed ...
Quaint by Stickley Bros6/26/2010
  Q: I am wondering if you can tell me approx how old this piece is, what it is (a stool or a table?), ...
  A: Donna - "Quaint" was the term used by Stickley Brothers for their first line of Arts %26 ...
Kittinger Dining Room Set6/25/2010
  Q: Taylor, I am trying to find out the value of our Jacobean Style Kittinger Dining Room Set. We know ...
  A: Natalie - Thank you for the photos. The style is part of the Colonial Revival period of American ...
vanity with wood wheels6/24/2010
  Q: I recently purchased a vanity with wood wheels. My friend who is a carpenter tells me that it is ...
  A: Raleen - Your photos are so poor it is difficult to see the details and identify the specific woods. ...
361 Cutler Roll Top Desk, Signed6/19/2010
  Q: I was just curious on a ballpark value for a roll top desk we own. It is a Cutler Roll Top Desk, ...
  A: Kathy - I can't give you a specific answer without seeing some photos of the desk. If you can send ...
Wisconsin Chair Co. chair6/18/2010
  Q: .. we have an old Wisconsin Chair Company chair and wondering what you can tell us about it? I will ...
  A: Andy - Your spindle back rocker is made of oak with an oak veneer seat. It appears to have been ...
how old is this dresser6/17/2010
  Q: my mother-in-law has this dresser and is looking to sell it. It was her great-grandfather's. What ...
  A: Andy - The chest of drawers is part of the Golden Oak period of American furniture, made from 1880 ...
Geo C Flint Chairs6/6/2010
  Q: I have a pair of Chippendale (I think) chairs by George C Flint Co. Not sure if they are mahoghany. ...
  A: Jim - The chair is a 20th century chair but hard to tell exactly without seeing the inside of the ...
Value of furniture6/5/2010
  Q: I'm hoping you can give me a description of my dresser with mirror and help me price it. I am ...
  A: Vicki - Your dresser appears to be from the 1930s. The mirror will give you the date. All 20th ...
George C Flint Chest of drawers6/4/2010
  Q: I inherited a dresser that no one else in my family wanted when my grandmother passed. I had always ...
  A: Lenita - George C. Flint was a mid 19th century cabinetmaker in New York. By the end of the century ...
1899 Widdicomb Furniture Company Vanities6/2/2010
  Q: I have two pieces that have both have 1899 and Widdicomb Furniture Company stamped on them. They ...
  A: Cody - The pieces appear to be made of birds eye maple veneer, a very popular choice around the turn ...
Furniture5/30/2010
  Q: My grandmother wants to sell these items before she moves out of her house and she would like to ...
  A: Nicholas - I can only see the one item - a desk. It is in the Eastlake style of the 1880s. Charles ...
Kroehler Lounge bed5/29/2010
  Q: Taylor, Attached you will find a photo of my Kroehler Lounge bed. I am interested in selling it ...
  A: Heather - According to "Chicago Furniture - Art, Craft & Industry 1833-1983" by Sharon Darling, ...
virginia house maple furniture5/28/2010
  Q: I would like an estimate on the value of a Virginia house maple bedroom set. The head board has a ...
  A: Connie - Your set is probably from the late 1940s to mid 1950s but you can verify the date by the ...
dining room set5/27/2010
  Q: I have a dining room set that I am trying to determine when it was made (I think 1930's) and what it ...
  A: John - The visible veneers on the china cabinet are walnut on the drawer and birds eye maple on the ...
Berkey & Gay Bedroom Set5/26/2010
  Q: I inherited a 9 piece bedroom set made by Berkey %26 Gay, which I am told was purchased from the ...
  A: Linda - The motif you describe was used by Berkey %26 Gay in the mid 1920s to the early 1930s. The ...
Maddox Colonial Reproduction Maple Secretary Desk5/11/2010
  Q: This secretary desk was my grandmother's and now it's mine and I've been trying to find out when it ...
  A: Kari - Here is the basic information on Maddox in Jamestown. ...
dining room set5/5/2010
  Q: i have a dining room set that has a berkey and gay medallion and the number 2739 on the underside of ...
  A: Wesley - The set is in the Jacobean style of the mid 1930s, named for King James I of the early 17th ...
Antique Bedroom Set - Mahogany5/4/2010
  Q: I would like to identify the manufacturer and value of a Mahogany bedroom suit. I believe it was ...
  A: Roger - Without a label it will be almost impossible to identify the manufacturer of your set. It is ...
Walter of Wabash hardware on a Solid Oak Table w/ 6 chairs5/3/2010
  Q: We recently purchased a solid oak dining room set with 6 chairs. 2 are what we assume to be called ...
  A: Glenn - Walter of Wabash was the maker of the table extension slides. The company did not make ...
chest on chest dresser5/1/2010
  Q: I have resently bought two pieces of furniture.One vanity and mirror.Also a dresser which i think ...
  A: Bill - A cabinet that has a door on one side and stacked drawers on the other is called a ...
Roll Top Desk4/30/2010
  Q: I would like to know what time periond this piece could have been made, I'm thinking around the ...
  A: Angela - While your desk is definitely a 20h century edition, it was made well before the 1940s. The ...
Globe-Wernicke Bookcase4/29/2010
  Q: I recently had a Globe-Wernicke Bookcase - Size D-12 1/4, Grade 297 shipped from New York to ...
  A: Dabvid - I do not personally know of a restorer in the Stuart area. I suggest you call Auction ...
Value of 1920's vaneer and solid wood4/28/2010
  Q: I have a china cabinet I inherited from my mother inlaw. We have a dressing table of the same mfg ...
  A: MaeBeth - Your china cabinet is from the 1930s. It is made of walnut veneer. The striped sections on ...
Taylor Chair Company Rocker4/27/2010
  Q: I recently found a cane rocker at a consignment shop, and am wondering about when it was made, and ...
  A: Lindsay - The Taylor Chair Co of Bedford (Cleveland), OH is reportedly the oldest furniture maker in ...
antique dresser and kitchen buffet almost black in color?4/26/2010
  Q: I just picked up 3 pieces of furniture from my aunts house. The furniture was in the old home place ...
  A: Anita - The dark finish is testament to the age and origin of the pieces. The pieces are probably ...
Williamsport Furniture Co. bedroom suite4/25/2010
  Q: I have a 7 piece bedroom suite that my parents purchased new in 1930. I was told it was mahogany but ...
  A: Merri - Your set was made in the late 1920s before it sold in 1930. The mirror should verify the ...
antigue Waterfall bedroom set4/23/2010
  Q: I have a beautiful 3 piece Blonde bedroom set from the waterfall collection. A 3 drawer mirror ...
  A: Sherry - Waterfall refers to the shape of the front edge of the piece. The veneer on the top runs ...
Duncan Phyfe?4/22/2010
  Q: This table has claw feet with drop leaf. It is a half round coffee table with leather inlay and it ...
  A: Fred - Your coffee table is based on the design of an 18th century Georgian style drinking table ...
Scholle's Chicago Furniture4/19/2010
  Q: I have a piece of furniture with Scholle's Chicago plaque card inside the drawer. I'm not sure what ...
  A: Dovana - Henry Scholle was a cabinetmaker from Cincinnati who teamed up with Jacob Wirtz in Chicgao ...
Louis Rastetter & Sons Chairs4/17/2010
  Q: I bought a set of Louis Rastetter & Sons Chairs today. I have searched all over the internet to ...
  A: Jennifer - Rastetter was a manufacturer of folding chairs and tables in the 1920s through the 1940s ...
Drop Leaf Table4/16/2010
  Q: Joe here from Orlando, Florida once again. I would like to thank you for your service. Can you ...
  A: Joe - I can't tell much from the one photo. It is a 20th century table (tongue and groove joints in ...
Mahogany Association, Inc. No. 4444/5/2010
  Q: I have an expanding buffet sytle table from my grandmother. It is from Mahogany Association, ...
  A: Geraldine - Saginaw Furniture Shops was in Sparta, MI. They made a line of extending tables ...
Antique Piece of Furniture3/25/2010
  Q: My mother recently passed away and left me a piece of furniture she has had forever. I am interested ...
  A: Moses - If you look closely at the coin shaped label you will see the name "Phoenix" across the ...
Berkey & Gay Chest, Vanity3/24/2010
  Q: I have acquired a chest and vanity that have the name Berkey & Gay branded in the drawer. They are ...
  A: Pam - The pieces appear to be from the late 1920s to mid 1930s. The mirrors will tell the tale. All ...
S.Bent & Bros chairs3/22/2010
  Q: I have five S.Bent & Bros chairs. They have a tag at the bottom indicating 18-5. What does that ...
  A: Joe - S. Bent & Brothers was one of the famous furniture making companies in Gardner, MASS along ...
nursing rocker or sewing rocker/value3/21/2010
  Q: The photo is of an antique rocker that belonged to my great grandmother, I believe...I am 56 to give ...
  A: Nancy - The terms "sewing rocker" and "nursing rocker" are used interchangeably. They refer to low ...
P.Derby & Co.3/20/2010
  Q: I have from my grandmother 3 pcs of P. Derby & co furniture bench seat, rocking chair both with ...
  A: Linda - P. Derby was one of the well known manufacturers in Gardner Mass in the late 19th and early ...
dining room set /3/18/2010
  Q: Bought this set when I was a teenager. Some 45 years ago. from a antique store in Los Angeles. The ...
  A: Leslie - The busy wood you see is called "mottled avodire", a light colored African wood used as a ...
Antique bedroom set3/17/2010
  Q: I would like to find out the manufacturer and the approximate value of our antique bedroom set (see ...
  A: Larry - The style of the set is Renaissance Revival. While the style period is usually described as ...
Roll top desk3/16/2010
  Q: I have started looking for a high quality roll top desk and heard about a 1850's desk made by the ...
  A: Kevin - The authoritative source on furniture made in Chicago is "CHICAGO FURNITURE - ART, CRAFT %26 ...
Oak Folding dining table3/15/2010
  Q: I purchased this table from a silent auction the other day and I have never seen one like it, I just ...
  A: Steven - I believe it is a serving piece or a side piece rather than a table. It appears to be a ...
Wood Desk Chair3/14/2010
  Q: I have an oak office desk chair with a brass medallion which reads "The Marble & Shattuck Cair ...
  A: Gary - The Marble & Shattuck Chair Co was formed in Bedford, OH in 1885 and moved to Cleveland in ...
duncan phyfe (?) style sofa3/13/2010
  Q: I saw that you have previously answered questions related to duncan phyfe (style) furniture. I am ...
  A: Katie - Your Empire style sofa is from the 1940s. The visible wood is mahogany. Since I did not see ...
FOLDING/CAMPAIGN CHAIR3/12/2010
  Q: I BOUGHT 4 OLD FOLDING CHAIRS. 3 ARE THE SAME. THEY HAVE CARPET SEATS. THEY FOLD INTO A SQUARE, NOT ...
  A: Marc - Your folding chair is from the late 19th century. Folding chairs were very popular in the ...
Thomasville Chair Co. Furniture2/27/2010
  Q: I have a matching set of Thomasville Chair Co. furniture. (a chest on chest dresser and a dressing ...
  A: Missy - Your two pieces are Colonial Revival reproductions of Federal period furniture of the early ...
Wabash Furniture2/26/2010
  Q: I have a scalloped side table that has a brass label underneath that says Wabash on it. I cannot ...
  A: Karen - Unfortunately my reference material has very little about the Wabash Cabinet Company except ...
dressers2/25/2010
  Q: One 3-drawer, one 6-drawer, they say Indianapolis, M.I. on them and they seem to be cherry. Would ...
  A: Annette - I can only speak to the one dresser pictured. That chest of drawers is from the late 1920s ...
cedar chest2/24/2010
  Q: Would you please, if possible, tell me when this cedar chest, number 3000, was made. I think the ...
  A: Carolyn - Your solid cedar chest was made during the Depression era of the 1930s. The style has no ...
Antique Sideboard2/16/2010
  Q: We bought an Antique Sideboard at an auction to benefit Cystic Fibrosis and we know nothing about ...
  A: Amanda - Your sideboard was made around the turn of the 20th century. Very similar sideboards are ...
Please help me id a old rocking chair2/15/2010
  Q: I have this old rocking chair that was my Great Aunts when she was a child, she has long since ...
  A: Ivan - In general your chair is a Windsor chair. A Windsor chair is a chair in which no vertical ...
Foote-Reynolds bed2/14/2010
  Q: I am trying to gather information regarding a twin bed that I have. It is a Foote-Reynolds ...
  A: Christine -Foote-Reynolds was formed in Grand Rapids in 1919 as a manufacturer of Colonial Revival ...
antique piano2/12/2010
  Q: I have an upright piano dated between 1877 and 1880 from Kranich & Bach PAT Action. The serial ...
  A: Reynaldo - According to the Pierce Piano Atlas Kranich & Bach used the serial number 18959 between ...
Antique Dry Sink2/9/2010
  Q: I would like to remove the door on this dry sink to improve the repair on the left hand door, but I ...
  A: Don - There are a couple of ways to hang a door like that but it is impossible for me to tell ...
Ferguson Bros Pie Crust coffee table2/8/2010
  Q: We have a pie crust edged coffee table. The bottom is marked Ferguson Bros, Hoboken, New Jersey ...
  A: Karen - Ferguson Brothers' main line of business was the production of "novelty" furniture. During ...
Washstand2/7/2010
  Q: now I have some questions for you about an antique washstand. It's about 33" high from the floor to ...
  A: V. L. - Your washstand was made circa 1840-1850. The nails and the spools are the key. These spools ...
Shaving/Dressing Mirror2/5/2010
  Q: What can you tell me about this shaving/dressing mirror? The elements on the turned mirror supports ...
  A: V. L. - Your shaving mirror is a late Federal period mirror, circa 1830. Spool turning was still ...
matching diningroom chairs2/4/2010
  Q: Good afternoon, I am trying to match chairs in my dining room set. They were more than likely ...
  A: Barb - Your chairs appear to be typical French Provincial style chairs from the 1950s made of ...
Murphy Chair Company, Detroit2/3/2010
  Q: I have recently Inherited 2 Chairs. They were my grandparents but no one in my family could remember ...
  A: Tiffany - Your chairs are indeed made of "tiger" oak, also called "tiger eye", "cat's eye" or more ...
Antique buffet2/2/2010
  Q: I was given this buffet 25 years ago from a family I worked for. I have no room for it in my ...
  A: DEborah - I believe your cabinet is more properly called a server rather than a buffet - just a ...
Oak buffet2/1/2010
  Q: Do you have any idea of the approximate age and value of this refinished oak buffet. It has a tag ...
  A: Richard - Your cabinet is actually a server, a smaller companion to the buffet found in a complete ...
hoosier cabinets1/31/2010
  Q: i recently aquired a hoosier cabinr it has the sliding doors that open to reveal flour,sugar and ...
  A: Kelly- If you can send me a photo of your cabinet in iys curent condition I will try to identify it ...
Antique Chair1/29/2010
  Q: I would like some information about this chair. Is there any I could obtain?
  A: Joseph - That style chair is called a “face chair.” Figures in the back of a chair were very popular ...
antique dressers?1/28/2010
  Q: I have two dressers that I am interested in learning about when they may have been produced and what ...
  A: Karolyn - Your chest of drawers and dresser are from the late 1920s. They were very inexpensively ...
antique mahogany roll top desk1/27/2010
  Q: Don't want to sell, just trying to find maker/date of this old mahogany roll top desk bought on ...
  A: Ann - Without a maker's mark there is no way to tell who made the desk but the California provenance ...
Rope Bed1/26/2010
  Q: I have got my grandparents rope bed. I was wondering do I need a mattress and boxsprings for it or ...
  A: Donna - That depends on how you plan to use it. If it has been converted to be used without the ...
Paine Furniture writers desk1/25/2010
  Q: I have a writers desk with pigeon holes that has numbers on the bottom stamped #21. It has a ...
  A: John - Paine Furniture of Boston is known primarily for its Mission style furniture and its Colonial ...
Phoenix Chair Co. rocker #1905-431/24/2010
  Q: I would love to know any info available on this rocker. I have several other pics if needed. ...
  A: Tammy - Your chair is a Colonial Revival loosely interpreted reproduction of a Philadephia Windsor ...
Antique table question1/22/2010
  Q: I have a table that was my great grandmothers. It is very unique. It has two horizontal slats on the ...
  A: Mike - The table appears to originally have been constructed with through tenons. A tenon is the ...
dining table identification1/21/2010
  Q: I have a dinig table that I am trying to identify the manufacturer and age. It is a drop leaf that ...
  A: Dan - Your table is a Colonial Revival reproduction of an eighteenth century English table. It is ...
Heirloom Bedroom Set1/20/2010
  Q: My husband and I were given this bedroom set. The family story is that it belonged to my husband's ...
  A: Krista – The bedroom set is not really a set. The bed and dresser do not exactly match. This is ...
identity of rocking chair1/19/2010
  Q: I have recently acquired this rocking chair and have spent days searching the net for a similar one, ...
  A: John - That appears to be a Mission style chair from the Arts & Crafts period of the early 20th ...
antique plant stand1/17/2010
  Q: i recently bought this at an antique shop. i was told it was from the 1930's. it has been refinished ...
  A: Nichole - Your plant stand could very well be from the 1930s but similar stands have been made for ...
Grand Rapids Table1/7/2010
  Q: After taking down the Christmas decorations in my mothers house. I turned over this ocassional table ...
  A: Bob - The numbers are internal factory coding that contain the style, wood, color, etc. They do not ...
mersman table1/6/2010
  Q: I purchased a table at a yard sale. It has narrow legs and one drawer. The top of the table flips ...
  A: Elaine - Merman Brothers made nearly 30,000,000 tables, virtually all of them in the 20th century ...
antique chair1/4/2010
  Q: I have a chair that was handed down to me made by p derby and co, what can you tell about this chair ...
  A: Robert - The company was founded in 1863 as Derby, Knowlton & Company. In 1868 Mr. Derby bought out ...
Maddox Table1/3/2010
  Q: Have an opportunity to purchase a Maddox Drop Leaf Table w/ claw feet for $800.00 wondering if this ...
  A: Jessica - Maddox Table Co made hundreds of thousands of tables, most of them medium quality Colonial ...
Oak Desk from Grand Rapids Book Case Co.1/2/2010
  Q: I had inherited a desk from my Great Great Aunt. I am thinking about selling it. I am hoping to ...
  A: Colleen - Barber Brothers Chair Co and Grand Rapids Bookcase Co merged in 1911 producing the new ...
Butcher Block Table1/1/2010
  Q: I have a table that I am interested in learning more about. We have had it in our family for at ...
  A: Elissa - Walter of Wabash probably was not the maker of the table itself but the maker of the ...
Folding Crib Union Wire Company12/31/2009
  Q: I received a Folding Crib constructed in 1888 by the Union Wire Mattress Company from a friend. Do ...
  A: Jim - Things that folded, like beds, chairs and cribs, were very popular in American Victorian ...
french provincial furniture12/20/2009
  Q: I have a french provincial sofa and chair in need of recovering the stuffing is fine, I purchased it ...
  A: Sharon - Unfortunately French provincial furniture from the mid 20th century is just mostly used ...
Cutler roll top - dismantling12/19/2009
  Q: my wife has just bought me a Cutler Rolltop ca 1880 - but of course it won't fit through a door! I ...
  A: Greg - There is no diagram or manual that I know of. Common sense is the key to this puzzle. The ...
all mahogany coffee/cocktail table12/17/2009
  Q: I have a old looking all mahogany coffee/ cocktail table with leather inlay in three sections on the ...
  A: Rebecca - If you can send me some clear photos of the table I will be happy to tell you what I can. ...
rocking chair12/15/2009
  Q: Can you tell my anything about this rocking chair I recently purchased at a moving sale? Thanks
  A: Michelle - Your photo is not of enough quality to let me get a good look at the chair. I can tell ...
Settee/Platform Rocker/Rocker, Sidechair and Bench12/13/2009
  Q: The Settee is walnut carved and upholstered The Platform Rocker is also walnut and upholstered. ...
  A: Jane - The settee is a mix of Rococo Revival and Renaissance Revival styles from the 1860s/1870s. It ...
Antique "Captains" swivel chair12/12/2009
  Q: Looking for any information and values for this chair, I had it for 40 years, using it with my roll ...
  A: Rick - Your low back oak Windsor style office chair was made in the early 20th century, 1915-1925, ...
wingback chair12/11/2009
  Q: My mother has had this chair in storage for the better part 15 years. She has kept it with the ...
  A: Jeff - Your chair is French Provincial in style and was made in the 1960s. It has the ubiquitous ...
Civil War Field Desk12/9/2009
  Q: I have fallen on economic hard times and am considering selling a family heirloom, a Civil War field ...
  A: Arthur - Any value attributed to the desk because it belonged to one of your ancestors is N/A to the ...
Antique ersman table12/8/2009
  Q: i have a Mersman #6932 antique 2 tier pedestal table with claw feet, what is it worth?
  A: Rebecca - Mersman made over 30,000,000 tables primarily in the 20th century so virtually none of ...
antique child's rocking chair12/7/2009
  Q: I have a antique child's rocking chair that was my moms when she was a child. My mom passed a few ...
  A: Mike - I can't tell you who made the chair but I can tell you a couple of things about it. It ...
Dating of American furniture12/6/2009
  Q: We have 2 items made by Grand Rapids Chair company ( a Drinks cabinet and a Dressing table wirh a ...
  A: Carole - The "dressing table" is actually a server, a smaller form of a buffet used as an auxilliary ...
Cavalier Dressing Table12/5/2009
  Q: I bought a Dressing Table at an estate sale recently. It is in very good condition, very few ...
  A: Sarah - Your drop center vanity appears to be from the 1950s but the mirror will tell the tale. All ...
dresser12/4/2009
  Q: I am going to purchase this dresser but I am wanting more info on it. It looks to be Empire style, ...
  A: Joyce - Your book was mailed yesterday. No photo appeared with this question and without a photo I ...
Stickley Table12/3/2009
  Q: Florida a friend asked me to list this Stickley table on ebay starting at $350. I explained to her ...
  A: Joe - There have been a number of Stickley furniture companies run by the five Stickley brothers ...
Irwin Pendleton Bedside chest of drawers12/1/2009
  Q: I have an Irwin Pendleton chest of drawers that is bedside height. I would like to sell it after I ...
  A: Sandy - The Robert W. Irwin Co began a new line of furniture in 1940 called "Pendleton." It was a ...
Mersman Mahogany Lyre Table11/30/2009
  Q: I have a Mersman table and I would appreciate if you can give me information on the period and ...
  A: Linda - Your table is from the Depression era of the late 1930s to the post War era of the late ...
Brandt Furniture Company11/29/2009
  Q: I have two corner chairs, mahogany with inlaid wood in another wood. they have straight legs with ...
  A: Jill - If you can send me some clear photos of the chairs I will be happy to tell you what I can. ...
Ladder back chairs11/28/2009
  Q: I recently bought two small ladder back chairs at an estate sale. Would you be able to identify ...
  A: Steven - That appears to be a 20th century factory made chair. One way to check on the age is to ...
Possible Boston Rocker11/27/2009
  Q: Fred. I've been given a rocking chair from my dad. I've sent pictures by email to your web site. He ...
  A: Mary - Your rocker is definitely a Boston rocker. The Boston rocker is the successor to the high ...
Butterfly Table #15511/26/2009
  Q: I was given this beautiful butterfly table by Henry Ford's godson, he was my neighbor, 2 of the legs ...
  A: Terry - You didn't say how old the table is. My first recommendation always is try to repair the ...
Royal Furniture Co ???11/25/2009
  Q: For a wedding gift, 34 years ago, I received a complete dinning room set, that was my grandfathers. ...
  A: Dan - Royal Furniture operated in Grand Rapids from 1892 to 1931. It was acquired in 1919 by the ...
wooden rocking chair11/24/2009
  Q: I have a wooden rocking chair that says nichols and stone company, antique #20 with numbers 69-6. ...
  A: Bob - Nichols & Stone was the oldest furniture manufacturer in America until it closed in 2008. Over ...
antique ?11/23/2009
  Q: I have a piece that my mother gave to me that she has had way before i was born...i cannot find out ...
  A: Leona - The piece you have described is called a "pier mirror." In architetcural terms the wall ...
Cool blue sectional11/22/2009
  Q: I just bought this 3-piece sectional at a moving sale. The cloth was a little dirty but cleaned up ...
  A: Lynn - Your blue corner sectional appears to have been made in the 1960s or 1970s in French ...
antique hide-a-bed 3/4 mattress11/21/2009
  Q: Do you have any information about an antique sofa bed. The sofa folds out into a 3/4 mattress bed. ...
  A: Nathan - Your sofa bed is from the early 20th century somewhat in the Mission style popular in the ...
Bedroom set11/20/2009
  Q: I have a bedroom set that was my Grandmothers. There are 3 pieces. On the back it says "Thomasville ...
  A: Joyce - Your furniture is from the late 1930s or possibly into the 1940s in the style known as Art ...
unusual rocking chair11/19/2009
  Q: I have an ususual rocking chair that I aquired about 26 years ago. It has very low arms. It was in ...
  A: Deb - Your rocker is a 20th century reproduction, liberally interpreted, of a mid 19th century ...
Antique couch11/17/2009
  Q: I was given a antique couch i would like to know the style, and if it worth all the work im going to ...
  A: Kevin - Your couch is not an antique. It was made during the Depression era of the late 1920s to mid ...
Federal Breakfront11/16/2009
  Q: Fred, First, thank you for your time. I recently purchased a federal secretary breakfront and was ...
  A: David - The wood holding the glass in the upper section, no matter the pattern, is called a muntin. ...
primitive furniture11/15/2009
  Q: I have a very old table in poor shape but don't know the period or type of table. It looks like an ...
  A: Melvin - Your table looks like a folk art plant stand from the Adirondack or Appalachian regions. It ...
Sewing/ Nursery Rocker?11/14/2009
  Q: I recently purchased a rocker. I grew up with one very similar. I feel that this is old, but I ...
  A: Jennifer - The low armless rocker became popular in the late 19th century as a chair devoted ...
Pre Depression Smoking Table11/13/2009
  Q: I do have a Cushman pre-depression smoking table. Reason I knows its pre-depression is I have Tin ...
  A: Tyson - Tne heyday of smoking stands was from around the first World War to the mid 1920s. Interest ...
Duncan Phyfe table11/12/2009
  Q: I have a Duncan Phyfe pie crust table that the top folds down on. There is a sticker on the bottom ...
  A: Margaret - Your table is a tilt top tea table. It is a Colonial Revival reproduction of tables made ...
piano11/11/2009
  Q: We have a Hamilton S Gordon upright piano. The number on the inside of the piano is 4782. If you ...
  A: Dennis - Hamilton S. Gordon took over his father's piano business, Gordon Piano Co est 1845, in 1890 ...
Antique American Former Office Table11/10/2009
  Q: I’m not a native speaker. This poor table has been used as a workbench before I fell in love with ...
  A: Bridget - The photo is not clear enough for me to identify the wood. It could be oak but more likely ...
Dresser11/9/2009
  Q: The church that I attend operates a thrift store where much of the proceeds go to the needy. The ...
  A: Dennis - The dresser is a Colonial Revival reproduction of Federal period furniture of the early ...
Grand Rapids Chair Company11/7/2009
  Q: My wife and I recenty purchased from some family members a dining room set made by the Grand Rapids ...
  A: Jim- Grand Rapids Chair Co. (not to be confused with Grand Rapids Bookcase and Chair Co.) was formed ...
Bedroom set, possibly victorian?11/6/2009
  Q: I have a bedroom set that appears quite old but I have no information about it. It was suggested to ...
  A: Nora - Your bedroom set if from the 1880s. The style is called Renaissance Revival. The style ...
mersman coffee table11/5/2009
  Q: I have a mersman coffee table with the number 7398 on it and was wondering how much it could be ...
  A: Nancy - I do not have a Mersman catalog so I can't look up your table number. However, because of ...
headboard/footboard11/4/2009
  Q: We have two of these headboard/footboards with a painted design. They came from my grandparents ...
  A: Jennifer - Your faux wood grained metal beds are from the late 1920s to early 1930s. The two primary ...
Breakfront and dining room set11/3/2009
  Q: Mr. Taylor, We found you searching the web and read many of the questions and your answers during ...
  A: Eric - That is a nice looking set whether it is an "assembled" set or a genuine set. The set is a ...
Can you ID this chair?11/2/2009
  Q: My mom has owned this chair for years. She thinks it is circa 1918, and it was always called a ...
  A: Patti - 1918 sounds like a good time frame for this chair. It might even be slightly earlier. It ...
dining room set11/1/2009
  Q: What can you tell me about this dining room set...manufacturer, style, age, type of wood, etc.? It ...
  A: Carol - Your set is French Provincial in style made of maple veneer with the ubiquitous "fruitwood" ...
Bedroom furniture10/31/2009
  Q: My grandfather had two twin bed. He also had a dresser with six drawers a vanity with mirror and a ...
  A: Jenny-Lynn - If you can send me some clear photos of the set I will be happy to tell you what I can. ...
sleigh bed and dressers10/30/2009
  Q: I have a sleigh bedroom set purchased by my grandparents when they married around 1900, supposedly ...
  A: Mary Ann - Oral family history always tends to add some wrinkles to the real facts. Your bedroom set ...
antique furniture10/29/2009
  Q: I have attached a photo of a dresser I inherited from my grandmother. I had one person (who is an ...
  A: Melissa - The style is French Provincial and the 1960s or 1970s sounds about right for the ...
Maybe a Murphy bed?10/28/2009
  Q: I have a bed that my dad tells me that my 92 year old grandmother slept on while she was growing up. ...
  A: Susan - Your bed is called a cabinet bed. William Murphy patented his first bed in 1900 but folding ...
id age of old chair10/15/2009
  Q: I was wondering what this is & how old it may be see attached photo
  A: Jim - Your occasional Windsor armchair is an American, factory made piece from the early 20th ...
jenny lind bed10/14/2009
  Q: I have my great-grandmother's Jenny Lind bed and I am curious to find out more information about it. ...
  A: Staci - Jenny Lind was a Swedish opera singer who toured America in the 1850s. She was especially ...
Cutler roll top desk10/12/2009
  Q: I am trying to get and an age and value on a 5' Cutler desk I acquired at auction. It has #99 ...
  A: Brendan - Abner Cutler received a US patent for a roll type design around the middle of the 19th ...
Murphy Oak Mission Child Rocking Chair10/11/2009
  Q: I bought a child's rocking chair at an Antique Market today. On the bottom it says 'Murphy 7561". ...
  A: Danielle - Your chair was probably made by the Murphy Chair Co of Owensboro, KY. Since it is a ...
What is it???10/10/2009
  Q: We have been told it is an antique settee from a railroad car and we have been told that it is an ...
  A: Patsy - It is unlikely that the piece came from a railroad car. It has wheels on it. It appears to ...
Oak dining chairs10/9/2009
  Q: I recently purchased as set of antique oak dining chairs. The main picture is of the captain's chair ...
  A: Tina - The chairs are Eastlake style press back chairs made around 1890. The design in the back was ...
Tiger Oak Side Board10/8/2009
  Q: I am trying to find out the age of this side board and an approximate value. There is a tag on the ...
  A: Roberta - Your sideboard was made in the mid 1910s to the mid 1920s. The low profile mirror is ...
lane hope chest10/7/2009
  Q: Mr Taylor, I have an hope chest from my grandmother that has the name "LANE Altavista,Va " ...
  A: Keith - Your Lane chest is made of solid cedar. The style is a reproduciton of the Late Classicism ...
Identifying Antique Rocker9/28/2009
  Q: I need help identifying a possible make and age of an antique rocker. I have had it for about 40 ...
  A: Lisa - Your rocker is best described as a parlor chair. While it is a 20th century chair it has the ...
a dresser and vanity9/26/2009
  Q: I have a vanity and a dresser set. I bought at an action. (Just liked it and it was a good price.) ...
  A: Noel - The two pieces appear to be fairly high quality items built in the 1930s. You can verify the ...
Classic Diner Table9/25/2009
  Q: I hope when this reaches you, you and yours are in good health. I have a classic table I found in ...
  A: Jennifer - I don't believe the "letters" are actually letters. They appear to be part of the design. ...
Breakfront Secretary Value9/24/2009
  Q: Fred, We are making room for a new baby and have to get rid of a hand me down bubble glass ...
  A: Brett - Some terminology first. A piece like this would be called a breakfront/secretary only if the ...
1950's Chest of Drawers9/23/2009
  Q: I have 2 chest of drawers from the 1950's from my Mother's estate. I have attached photos. They ...
  A: Diane - The chest you pictured is from the Depression era of the late 1920s to mid 1930s. It is ...
Nichols & Stone rocking chair9/22/2009
  Q: I have a rocker that was given to my husband by his mother. I do not know how old it is but we have ...
  A: Marla - I have not yet received your photos but I can answer your question. N&S was a great old ...
Taylor Company bedroom set9/21/2009
  Q: I am investigating the value a honey maple bedroom set which belonged to my mother who recently ...
  A: Jean- If you can send me some clear photos of the set I will be happy to tell you what I can. You ...
C-R Cedar Hope Chest9/19/2009
  Q: I have a hope chest made by C-R Cedar Hope Chest. It has a full drawer that unlocks and lifts to ...
  A: Sharon - I am not familiar with the brand C-R. It may have been a present in 1944 but it is unlikely ...
bockstege buffet9/18/2009
  Q: I found a beautiful buffet at an antique shop today. it is stamped with the word bockstege in the ...
  A: Juliles - Bockstege worked in Evansville, IN during the Depression era. I do not have a Bockstege ...
jenny lind bed frame9/17/2009
  Q: I just purchased what I've been told to be a Jenny Lind antique spool bed frame, approx double size, ...
  A: Terri - Jenny Lind was a Swedish opera singer who toured the United States at the behest of P. T. ...
Heywood Wakefield Dining Set9/16/2009
  Q: I have a Heywood Wakefield dining set that I purchased a couple of years ago and was going to sell ...
  A: Mary - Thanks for the photos. Your Heywood-Wakefield set is part of their "Old Colony" line of Early ...
sideboard9/15/2009
  Q: We recently purchased a side board and are trying to find out something about it. It is in two ...
  A: Lesa - The piece is probably original and is not a marriage based on the photos you sent. It is made ...
love seat9/1/2009
  Q: I inherited this love seat from my Mother. I remember her purchasing it at an antique fair when I ...
  A: Allison - The style of the loveseat is Empire, circa 1820/1830 but I cannot be sure it is "of the ...
Berkey & Gay bedroom set8/31/2009
  Q: I have a berkey & gay 5 piece bedroom set with metal seal. The pieces consist of bed, dresser, ...
  A: Doris - Sets as you describe were made by Berkey & Gay from the early 1920s to the early 1930s. You ...
Stickley Brothers Quaint-Character Bedroom Suite8/30/2009
  Q: I have my grandparents' old Stickley Brothers (Albert and George of Grand Rapids) bedroom suite, ...
  A: Susan - Stickley Brothers' various lines of "Quaint" furntiure were sometimes quite innovative. They ...
chair8/29/2009
  Q: I bought a chair (looks like a dining chair with arms). On the bottom there is an oval brass plate ...
  A: Donna - My reference library has no mention of a manufacturer named Bandler. It soulds like a ...
Antique Piano8/28/2009
  Q: I have an Emerson piano that has the date Mar. 1885 & Oct. 1886 stamped on the inside, serial ...
  A: Mary - In this case the stamped dates are correct. According to the Pierce Piano Atlas Emerson used ...
emerson8/26/2009
  Q: my Emerson upright has the number 81693 can you tell me anything
  A: Johnny - According to the Pierce Piano Atlas Emerson used serial number 81693 in mid 1904. Since ...
Bookcase8/24/2009
  Q: how are you? First I wish to thank you and all of the Experts who give so generously of your time ...
  A: Deborah – Sligh Furniture Co was formed in 1880 and closed in 1933. At that time Charles R. Sligh ...
platofrm rocker8/22/2009
  Q: I have a platform rocker which I purchased 17 years ago from the previous owner of my house. She and ...
  A: Brigitte - The style of the rocker is the result of the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition of 1876. ...
pennsylvania furniture co8/21/2009
  Q: I just purchased an antique furniture piece from Pennsylvania Furniture Co. I think it may be a ...
  A: Kelly - Your cabinet is from the late 1920s to mid 1930s. It is called a chifforette. A cabinet that ...
hide-a-bed8/20/2009
  Q: We found a dining room table that converts into a bed and we have been able to find out nothing ...
  A: Jamie - Your table bed was made in the Depression era of the 1930s. The most famous maker of table ...
Ed Roos cedar chest8/19/2009
  Q: Taylor, I just received an Ed Roos cedar chest. I found this site trying to find out more about this ...
  A: Susan - Your Roos chest was made in the Depression era of the 1930s. The style is partly Jacobean, a ...
Brandt table??8/11/2009
  Q: I have an older desk/endtable guess it could be called a phone table but I'm not sure that's the ...
  A: Jarron - Utility tables in that form are commonly referred to as "gossip benches." They came along ...
Antique vanity8/10/2009
  Q: Can you tell me anything about this vanity, I missed out on buying this one and would like any info ...
  A: Joellen - Vanities like that are said to be in the French style although most three mirror vanities ...
Identification of small settee, frame only, 1800s?8/9/2009
  Q: I bought this tiny old settee yesterday at a local thrift shop. The thrift shop volunteer was told ...
  A: Diane - Your settee was originally part of a three or four piece parlor set from the turn of the ...
Berkey and Gay bedroom set8/8/2009
  Q: I am looking for an approximate value of the bedroom set I own. It includes two 4 poster twin beds, ...
  A: Ed - I can't give you a value based on the front of one drawer. If you can send me some clear photos ...
Furniture style, origin date, and refinishing tips8/7/2009
  Q: Please review the pictures sent according to instructions. (8’ table (w/3-leaves), 6 chairs, china ...
  A: Roy - Your question is too involved to answer properly in this space. I will respond privately when ...
Dining room table8/6/2009
  Q: Taylor: I recently bought a second-hand dining room table made by the "Cornell Table Co." of ...
  A: Judy - I found the page that shows the incorporation of Cornell in New York in 1917. However, the ...
antique secretary desk hutch8/5/2009
  Q: On 4/11/2007, you answered a question regarding someone's Collectibles-General (Antiques) - Antique ...
  A: Don - All locks like that work on a very basic variation of a barrel key. Ask any antique dealer or ...
Gooseneck Rocker8/4/2009
  Q: I'd appreciate any information you can give me about my grandmother's gooseneck rocker. I know that ...
  A: Mary - Your rocker is a 20th century reproducion of a 19th century Rococo Revival rocker of the mid ...
value??8/3/2009
  Q: I have found a Mersman round end table, model 88-05. It has a full cabinet below, which is also ...
  A: Kathy - I do not have a Mersman catalog so I can't look up the model number. If you can send me some ...
Rocking chair8/2/2009
  Q: I recently purchased this rocking chair at an antique store. They had very little information to ...
  A: Marci - Your rocker is an original Arts & Crafts/Mission style rocker from the period, 1905-1920. It ...
sideboard or buffet to identify8/1/2009
  Q: I found this website and it looks great... Welcome back! I am just wondering if you could help me ...
  A: Terry - Your links to PhotoBucket did not work. If you can send me some clear photos of the ...
Tiger oak sideboard7/31/2009
  Q: I recently found this beautiful quarter sawn oak sideboard in an antique store and I am thinking ...
  A: Matthew - 1840 is about 40 or 50 years too early. The sideboard is from the Golden Oak period of ...
Antique Walnut Dresser 's Style7/30/2009
  Q: I recently purchased this walnut dresser for my guest room from an antique mall in Virginia. I would ...
  A: Karina - The style of your dresser is Renaissance Revival. That style was popular from the late ...
GEO. C. FLINT CO. writer's desk7/19/2009
  Q: I am wanting to restore a GEO. C. FLINT CO. writer's desk as close to original as I can. It has ...
  A: Laura - George C. Flint opened his shop in Manhattan in 1868 and moved to Twenty-Third St in 1894. ...
WHEN WAS THIS MADE?7/17/2009
  Q: I HAVE A HUTCH & BUFFET WITH TOMLINSON CHAIR MFG COMPANY TAGS INSIDE THE DRAWERS. THE SET ISNT IN ...
  A: Michelle - Your cabinet is a Colonial Revival reproduction made in the Queen Anne style. The top ...
Secretary year7/15/2009
  Q: I have included two secretaries. Can you please tell me if the insert in the glass hutch of one ...
  A: Joan - Only one photo was displayed so I can't do the comparison you asked for. Glass is one way ...
duncan phyfe couch with broken legs7/14/2009
  Q: I'm wondering if you know of a vendor who makes replacement Duncan Phyfe style couch legs. Thank ...
  A: Yoojin - The term "Duncan Phyfe" covers a lot of territory. It is unlikely you will find a ready ...
Ed Roo Cedar Chests7/13/2009
  Q: My mom has a cedar chest that has a certificate inside the lid stating that it is an Ed Roo ( also ...
  A: Mitsy - The name of the company was Ed Roos, not Roo. Here is some background information on the ...
Lane Furniture7/12/2009
  Q: I own two tables made by Lane Furniture of Altavista, Va (as stamped), I wanted to find out what ...
  A: Lidia - My area of expertise is American antique furniture. Lane is a contemporary (relatively ...
How to tell the manufacture7/11/2009
  Q: We recently bought a solid wood armoire at a trift store and was wondering who make this great ...
  A: Phillip - Interestingly enough from around 1880 to about 1940 a great many, not all but quite a few, ...
antique sofa7/10/2009
  Q: We are trying to determine if the sofa is American empire and what its approximate value might be. ...
  A: Wendy - From the single photo it certainly appears to be an American Empire sofa, circa 1830, ...
old rocker7/10/2009
  Q: I found a partial label on an old rocker I bought at a thrift shop. "M**n Bro's Manufacturers" I'm ...
  A: Rob - I could not match up M*nn Brothers with anything in my reference library. The curved pieces ...
approx. value of an antique table7/7/2009
  Q: I have a table that was my grandmothers, she gave it to me about 32yrs ago....I know nothing about ...
  A: Cathi - Your table falls in the category of "novelty furniture." Many companies turned to the ...
how to find its value7/6/2009
  Q: Below you will find pictures of a few bedroom furniture pieces that are part of our mother's estate. ...
  A: Phil - White went out of business in 1992. Here is the story of the company and the closing. ...
"morris" chair?7/5/2009
  Q: Fred, I have a morris-style chair I bought from an antiques dealer years ago. I am soon having the ...
  A: Nanvy - I will need to see some good photos of your chair in order to help you. I especially need to ...
Old sleeper sofa7/4/2009
  Q: Have only seen this in an old 1913 Sears catalog about 10 years ago but it was not exactly like my ...
  A: Virginia - In the early 20th century converible sofas like yours were called a lounge or bed lounge. ...
Question Jasper Cabinet/Bar7/3/2009
  Q: I have a Jasper Cabinet/Bar. It has the shield burned into the bottom of the opened cabinet. I was ...
  A: Kerin - If you can send me some clear photos of the cabinet I will be happy to tell you what I can. ...
Globe Wernicke Roll Top Desk6/26/2009
  Q: Sadly, at this point it is too much for our home and I'm trying to figure out a fair selling price. ...
  A: Rachel - The bloom is off the roll top desk flower in the North American market. Ten or fifteen ...
J.F. Dietz Co. roll top desk6/25/2009
  Q: I am trying to help a neighbor place an approximate value/age on his J.F. Dietz Co. roll top desk. ...
  A: Mary - Unfortunately I could not see any of the details of the desk from the "cell phone" photo you ...
secretary or drop front desk repair6/24/2009
  Q: One of the operators came loose from the loper. Is there a way this can be fixed? thanks so much
  A: Virginia - Most things like that can be fixed. It depends on how the operator was attached to the ...
parlor sofa with hairy hoof feet6/23/2009
  Q: I have a parlor sofa- It has 5 Carved legs with hairy hoof feet. I can't find a sofa with thi kind ...
  A: Lydia - The hairy paw foot was used in early Empire furniture (a chair by Duncan Phyfe at the ...
Macy barrister bookcases6/17/2009
  Q: We have two barrister bookcases with these markings: Macy No. 98 Macy No. 912 Finish No. 2 Can you ...
  A: Beth - Macey (not Macy) produced elastic bokocases from 1905 when it merged with the Wernicke Co ...
HW Rountree+Bro. Trunk and Bag Co.6/16/2009
  Q: I just a trunk by this company and was wondering if it had any value?
  A: Randy - If you can send me some photos of the trunk I will be happy to tell you what I can. You can ...
Sears Oak Brand Furniture6/15/2009
  Q: I have a Sears Oak Brand Hutch with the the top that goes with it. ( 3 glass panel doors). I also ...
  A: You can tell the date of the mirrored pieces by the mirror and you may be surprised at what you ...
antique washstand6/14/2009
  Q: A few years ago I picked up this washstand(?) at a garage sale for $60. I would love to know ...
  A: Courtney - Your washstand is a marriage of two pieces. The only question is the extent of the ...
mission style chair6/13/2009
  Q: I have a very old chair which has a label on the inside the seat which states it was manufactured by ...
  A: If you can send me some photos of the chair I will be happy to tell you what I can. You can send ...
Imperial End Table6/11/2009
  Q: We have two end tables that my husband received from his parents. They are marked Imperial Grand ...
  A: Tracy - Imperial was one of the old line Grand Rapids companies. It was founded in 1903 by F. Stuart ...
Sheboygan furniture Co. table and chairs6/10/2009
  Q: I have a complete set, #2712 ext. table and chairs. The label on the table says Sheboygan Furniture ...
  A: Shanna - I do not have a Sheboygan Furniture Co. catalog so I am at a loss as to what your set looks ...
quaint furniture by stickley brothers6/9/2009
  Q: I found a beautiful little desk less than 30" across. It is painted black and green with flowers ...
  A: Mary - Albert and J.G. Stickley formed their new company Stickley Brothers in Grand Rapids in 1891. ...
Globe-Werwicke Co bookcase6/8/2009
  Q: We have an oak Globe-Werwicke Co. barrister bookcase. It has four sections with the top and bottom. ...
  A: Marya - Normally the oak G-W cabinets are the older models from 1904 to the early 1920s. Early oak ...
maple (?) bed purchased at garage sale6/7/2009
  Q: I purchased a bed frame from a garage sale. It has already been stripped and appears to be ready ...
  A: Dawn - Prottas and Levitt was a retailer in Seattle, not a manufacturer. The bed is from the mid ...
waterfall pattern bed room suite6/6/2009
  Q: i just recently purchased a five piece set of waterfall in good condition for 275.00 was this a ...
  A: Betty Lou - Since "waterfall" furniture from the Art Moderne period of the 1930s and 1940s is not ...
Mersman table5/31/2009
  Q: I picked up a sofa table at a yard sale this weekend. It has the name Mersman engraved inside the ...
  A: Sharon - I do not have a Mersman catalog so I cannot comment on the model #8631. However, the ...
Ed Roos Cedar Chest5/30/2009
  Q: I too, inherited an Ed Roos Cedar Chest. I believe it was a gift to my parents in the first years of ...
  A: Marcia - You have two things going against you. First Ed Roos was sort of like Mersman Bros. making ...
Wicker/Reed Strolling Chair5/29/2009
  Q: I recently purchased this chair in Harbor Springs, Michigan. I have attached a picture of the chair. ...
  A: Katherine - Your chair is an invalid's wheel chair. A similar chair with the "outrigger" front ...
Reclining Chair5/28/2009
  Q: Taylor, It's great to get through to you as you're a busy man! Sending photos of a chair left in an ...
  A: Tina - Your chair is called an "invalid" chair and was used by people recuperating or confined to ...
stickley sideboard??5/27/2009
  Q: I am enclosing a photo of the item. Could you please tell me approx age and approx value (if any). ...
  A: Lauren - Albert and J.G. Stickley formed their new company Stickley Brothers in Grand Rapids in ...
Sligh Bedroom Suite5/26/2009
  Q: I have an old chest and dresser. There is a oval shaped brown and gold sticker on the inside of the ...
  A: Willa - The mirror will tell you the date of the furniture. All 20th century American plate mirror ...
Old Rocking Chair5/15/2009
  Q: I recieved this rocking chair free of charge. I just fell in love with it. Can you tell me anything ...
  A: Amy - Your rocker is a reproduction, more or less, of stencilled chairs from around 1830. Original ...
Press Back Chairs5/13/2009
  Q: I have inherited 3 press back chairs and have just purchased 2 more. I am fascinated by the ...
  A: Janet - Great question! I wish I knew the answer. I have never seen any work at all on the patterns ...
Kaplan Furniture5/12/2009
  Q: I have what I believe is a reproduction of a Philadelpia Card Table made by Kaplan Furniture, ...
  A: Nancy - Kaplan Furniture was formed early in the 20th century around 1904/1905. In 1915 Joseph ...
victorian sofa5/11/2009
  Q: I had received this sofa from my mom's friend. I had it reupholstered. I am not sure of the time ...
  A: Megan - Your nicely done sofa is in the French Rococo style of Louis XV but it is a 20th century ...
dining room table5/10/2009
  Q: I am wondering when this table was made and what the value of it might be . We also have a matching ...
  A: Ricky - Your table was made in the late 1920s to early 1930s. Virtually the identical table is shown ...
carved oak chairs5/9/2009
  Q: My grandfather was in the furniture business (since 1870). In his home for as long as anyone can ...
  A: Paul - Your chairs are called "face" cairs and are from the turn of the 20th century. Figures in the ...
Info on Antique Table / Chairs5/8/2009
  Q: My niece has a table and four chairs. She has been told that this table is circa 1920's. What ...
  A: Michael - The style of the set is part of the Colonial Revival period of American furniture when ...
identifying desk5/5/2009
  Q: Could you help identify this piece? It has been in the family for at least three generations. A ...
  A: Deborah - Your desk is actually a marriage of two pieces. The top is from a commercial clerk's desk, ...
flip down desk5/4/2009
  Q: I got this piece of furniture from a friend of mine and have no idea what it is worth or when it is ...
  A: Heather - It appears to be made of walnut and secondary woods in a Colonial Revival style. It is ...
Sligh desk5/3/2009
  Q: I would like to know more about my Sligh desk I recently purchased. Do you have an approximate age ...
  A: Lora - Your Sligh desk was made in the 1920s. It is made of walnut veneer and secondary wood solids. ...
morris chair5/2/2009
  Q: I have a morris chair that I bought at my great uncles estate auction about 20 years ago. My mom ...
  A: Tony - The casters on period Morris chairs are traditionally very small if they exist at all. It is ...
Furniture history and value4/30/2009
  Q: Would sure love some history on this desk. There is no identification on it except that the lock is ...
  A: Bonnie - Sorry but the photo did not show. If you can send me some photos of the desk will be happy ...
spinet desk4/29/2009
  Q: Can you please give me a time period on my desk and what is it worth? It came from northern ...
  A: Leigh - The desk is called a spinet desk based on the size and shape. In the 18th and 19th century ...
Taylor Made Kidney Shaped Desk4/28/2009
  Q: I have a kidney shaped desk in very good condition with the dove tailed drawers and the taylor made ...
  A: Tracy - Tell your friend to keep the day job. Taylor-Made was the trade name of Jamestown Table Co ...
antique table4/19/2009
  Q: I have an old table that has a label on it that says "Twin City Mission ( I can't read the ...
  A: Judy - If you can send me some photos of the table I will be happy to tell you what I can. You can ...
kitchen chairs4/18/2009
  Q: I just bought 4 chairs from a yard sale. They are very simply made. They look like old kitchen ...
  A: Peggy - That's not quite enough to go on. If you can send me some photos of the chairs I will be ...
Bookcase4/17/2009
  Q: I aquired this bookcase from my mom several years before her passing. It was my grandparents before ...
  A: Jay - Grand Rapids Chair Co was formed in Grand Rapids in 1872 making chairs and selling surplus ...
armoire4/15/2009
  Q: I would like to know if the piece that I have is considered an armoire and also do you think that it ...
  A: Barbara - The piece is known as an armoire. Based on the design and the router lines in the panel ...
Walnut Chest4/14/2009
  Q: I have inherited a 3 drawer walnut chest. The notes left by my father indicate that is was ...
  A: Janet - The firm of Olbrich & Golbreds is mentioned several times in the book "Chicago Furntiure - ...
Drexel table4/12/2009
  Q: I have a Drexel Dining table that when closed looks like a sofa table it opens to seat 10 when all 3 ...
  A: Nancy - Tables like yours are typically referred to as "plantation" tables. They were very popular ...
Antique Bakers Table4/11/2009
  Q: I recently purchased an antique bakers table and I'm planning on refinishing it. One of the tin ...
  A: Rhea - I have never seen replacement parts for a baker's table. Your best bet is to replace the ...
dresser/secretary/bookshelf?4/10/2009
  Q: I recently purchased a piece of furniture, and I would like to know what to call it! It's a credenza ...
  A: Rachel - The piece was made by Maddox Table Co of Jamestown as part of their Maddox Colonial ...
Is it an antique4/9/2009
  Q: I have an peice of furniture that I need to know if it is an antique or not and what it may be ...
  A: Matt - Your chest is not an antique. It is a 20th century factory made chest that has been painted ...
vanity and lyre back chair4/6/2009
  Q: Vanity and lyre backed cane seat chair. I was told it was mahogany maybe from the 1930's. My ...
  A: Sharon - Your bedroom set is typical Colonial Revival style from the Depression era to the late ...
old coffee table4/5/2009
  Q: have a coffee table that has an m stamped underneath it also has a tag that has truck #133 1 ...
  A: Laura - That's not quite enough to go on. If you can send me some photos of the table I will be ...
kiel table4/4/2009
  Q: because of my love of antiques, my father saved a Kiel walnet table that a neighbor was discarding. ...
  A: Shelley - Kiel Furniture Co of Milwaukee billed itself as "Manufacturers of Living Room Tables." ...
lane vintage magazine rack or coffee table4/3/2009
  Q: I have been carrying this piece around for a long time and considered selling it, but not sure of ...
  A: Dawn - Your table is made of walnut veneer and is from the 1960s or later. It has no antique or ...
Hutch ??4/2/2009
  Q: Can you tell me anything about this hutch? I acquired it from a distant family member and no one ...
  A: Sharlene - The photo shows the top half of a breakfront from the 1950s with "bubble glass" in the ...
antique cabinet3/21/2009
  Q: Please help me identify what this cabinet might have been used for and if possible a rough time ...
  A: Matthew - Your cabinet is a commercial letter file cabinet made between 1900 and 1920. It is made of ...
Antique furniture3/20/2009
  Q: I have a child's rocking chair which I got when I was 2 years old. I am now 53 years old, I was ...
  A: Martha - A fifty year old child's rocker has no antique or collector's value. It sounds like you ...
RJ Horner?3/19/2009
  Q: Could this set be by RJ Horner? It is so similiar in construction and style to Horner's faux bamboo ...
  A: Michael - That is a nice looking piece but it bears little resemblance to a genuine Horner faux ...
Paine Furniture3/18/2009
  Q: I have been given a very old chair made by Paine Furniture of Boston Mass. The chair has been in an ...
  A: Sybil - Paine was a well known maker of Colonial Revival reproducions in the late 19th and early ...
Antique chair3/16/2009
  Q: I purchased this chair years ago from a friend that rescued it from an alley. I believe it is ...
  A: Tim - Your chair is part of a three or five piece parlor set from the turn of the 20th century. ...
Bennington pine well chest3/15/2009
  Q: I purchased a Bennington pine well chest about 30 or so years ago. I just had a burst pipe in my ...
  A: Douglas - Without actually seeing the piece I really can't give you any reasonable advice other than ...
Jamestown Table Co. Bedroom furniture3/14/2009
  Q: of NY (according to the stamp on the back). I have two dressers (hi and lo), a mirror, and bedframe. ...
  A: Thomas - The set is made of cherry and is modern construction circa 1960. My area of expertise is ...
white furniture co. dining room set3/12/2009
  Q: Fred, We have a cherry white furniture set from I'd say late 50s? We got from an older great aunt. ...
  A: Leanne - My area of expertise is American antique furniture. While your White set is well made by a ...
1920"s rocking chair3/11/2009
  Q: I have a rocking chair from my Grandparents. I know its a Kroehler made rocker. But I can't seem ...
  A: Linda - Your chair appears to be more of a 1940s wartime chair than a 1920s chair. It is made of oak ...
age of furniture3/10/2009
  Q: I have two pieces of furniture and was wondering if you could give an approximate age of these ...
  A: Tom - If you can send me some photos of the tables I will be happy to tell you what I can. You can ...
American Victorian-era sofa3/9/2009
  Q: Mr. Taylor, I purchased an antique sofa from a family on craigslist.com for $300. Looking through ...
  A: Nastalie - The style of the sofa is Rococo Revival from the mid 1800s, a true Victorian era style. ...
Baby high chair3/8/2009
  Q: We bought this high chair at an estate sale and were told it is Mission Style, from early 1900's. Is ...
  A: Michael - If you can send me some photos of the high chair I will be happy to tell you what I can. ...
8 leg drop-leaf dining room and buffet3/6/2009
  Q: Here are the pictures that I have of this set. I would just like a ballpark estimate of its value ...
  A: Tiffany - Your dining set is from the mid 1950s to the early 1960s. The style is Regency, the ...
Antique Thomasville Dinning Room Set3/5/2009
  Q: I have an antique Thomasville dinning room set. I know it's Thomasville because I had the chairs ...
  A: Samantha - Your dining set is from the Depression era of the 1930s so it is not "antique" yet. The ...
Inherited Furniture from my Grandmother2/25/2009
  Q: I am a heir of much of my grandmothers furniture. I am not sure if it is american or not but ...
  A: Melissa - If you can send me some photos of the furniture I will be happy to tell you what I can. ...
Emerson Upright Piano2/24/2009
  Q: I have an Emerson Upright Grand Piano in my posession that I am interested in learning more about. ...
  A: Carrie - According to the Pierce Piano Atlas serial number 72510 was used at the very end of 1900. ...
desk from statler hotel boston, ma2/23/2009
  Q: inside desk has references both to robert w irwin co and rorimer brooks studio, have been lead to ...
  A: Lyn - Robert W. Irwin was the maker of the desk. Rorimer Brooks was probably the design studio who ...
Chair Identification2/22/2009
  Q: Sir, I have two chairs that have been in my wife's family for at least two generations possibly ...
  A: Tim - Your chair is a factory made Windsor. A Windsor chair is a chair in which no vertical element ...
Birdseye maple dresser/w/mirror2/21/2009
  Q: My grandparents got the furniture around 1904 to 08. I have a two drawer dresser we/mirror and a ...
  A: Sam - Without more information about style, construction, condition, etc. I cannot answer your ...
Kiel Table2/20/2009
  Q: My mother bought this table for me as a birthday present and as I was dusting the underside, I ...
  A: Lisa - Your table was made by Kiel Furniture Co of Milwaukee. It billed it self as a "Manufacturer ...
Old Furniture2/19/2009
  Q: Mr. Taylor: I would appreciate any information you can give me on this furniture. The two pieces ...
  A: Lisann - The two pieces were made by the same company and probably at the same time. Berkey & Gay ...
maddox2/18/2009
  Q: I am getty ready to purchase a maddox dinning table with claw feet as legs. Table is numbered ,but I ...
  A: Desiree - Here is some background on the company. ...
duncan phyfe2/17/2009
  Q: I have a dining room set supposedly Duncan Phyfe, I think is might be a married set and is it really ...
  A: LeAnna - Duncan Phyfe (1768-1854) was a Scottish cabinetmaker who came to America in 1784 changing ...
winsor chair with rush seat2/16/2009
  Q: I acquire a Windsor chair with seven spokes in the rear and one each on the side. The chair has ...
  A: Charlie - Elgin A. Simonds was the maker of the chair. Founded in 1901 the company made faithful ...
MACEY BARRISTER BOOKCASE2/15/2009
  Q: FRED, I HAVE HAD THIS BOOKCASE IN MY FAMILY FOR A VERY LONG TIME. WE JUST RECENTLY FOUND OUT IT IS ...
  A: Anna - Otto Wernicke opened the Wernicke Furniture Co in Grand Rapids in 1893. In 1895 he patented ...
Couch date/Style2/14/2009
  Q: Sir, This was my grandmothers couch and I would like to have it redone. I doubt that it has any ...
  A: Jeff - The style is Regency, English from the period after George III lost his mind (and the ...
Scholle's Secretary's Desk2/13/2009
  Q: We bought what we think is a Scholle's of Chicago Secretary's Desk at a garage sale... great price ...
  A: George - The lid supports are called lopers. There was originally a device on each side that made ...
china cabinet2/12/2009
  Q: Can you tell me anything about this china cabinet. I can not find anything. I bought it at an ...
  A: Kathy - The cabinet is a Colonial Revival reproduction of cabinets from the 18th century in the ...
Trestle table2/10/2009
  Q: I bought an antique table about ten years ago at an estate sale. It has a B. walter &co. table ...
  A: Karla - If you can send me some photos of the table I will be happy to tell you what I can. You can ...
Antique Roll top Desk2/1/2009
  Q: We have a large roll top desk, we believe it to be mahogany or cherry wood. It has been in the ...
  A: Donna - Globe Desk Co is not in any of my reference material including the comprehensive Chicago ...
Globe-Wernicke Bookcase1/31/2009
  Q: Years ago I inherited a mahogany sectional bookcase w/labels: Globe-Wernicke; Catalogue No. 841 ...
  A: Bob - Your G-W bookcase is not considered an antique. G-W was formed in 1904 by Otto Wernicke in ...
Rocker1/30/2009
  Q: Apprx. how old is this chair? The upholstery goes down the back of the chair also.
  A: Traci - Based on one sideways photo (never quite enough) it appears that your rocker is an Empire ...
Cigar Stand1/29/2009
  Q: I have a cigar stand that I believe is Antique. A friend of mine gave it to me awhile ago. I am ...
  A: Kim - Your smoking stand is from the Depression era of the 1920s/1930s. As such it is not truly an ...
Chair type age value etc.1/27/2009
  Q: I have this pair of Parlor chairs that I refer to as his and her chairs since one rocks and one is ...
  A: Ricardo - Those are part of a parlor set from the turn of the 20th century. Similar pieces are shown ...
Can you tell me more about my grant Aunt's Bedroom set?1/26/2009
  Q: I can't seem to find any dates on this set, but I yhink it's from the 50's ... I've looked all over ...
  A: Sara - The dresser appears to be made of birch and is very similar in design to the "Encore" series ...
Paine Funiture1/25/2009
  Q: I have aquired some chairs with a gold plate that says paine funiture company boston mass. One chair ...
  A: Becky - Paine Furniture was a respected furniture maker in Boston and many of its pieces are quite ...
Cutler Roll Top Desk age1/24/2009
  Q: I have a Cutler Roll Top desk and on the side of the top there is the stamp- No 361. Would this ...
  A: David - I do not have a Cutler catalog so I am unable to identify a desk by number. If you can send ...
a. brandt1/23/2009
  Q: can you give me some info. on this item. small 2 piece hutch. this info. is from the back of the ...
  A: Bern - Your hutch is of modern provenance. It has seamless plywood back and modern hardware and ...
Maddox secretary desk1/21/2009
  Q: I read an answer you had about Maddox secretary desks. On the back of mine, a gift 40 years ago ...
  A: LIsa - Maddox made decent Colonial Revival reproductions of desks and bookcase secretaries but they ...
Conant Ball hutch1/20/2009
  Q: I am wondering if my Conant Ball Hutch is worth keeping. I am considering disposing of it. It is a ...
  A: Shirley - Terminology first - the woven substance in your cabinet is probably not wicker, it is ...
Jamestown Table Company chairs1/19/2009
  Q: I have a set of black chairs (walnut finish)with arms that was manufactured by Jamestown Table ...
  A: Martha - Your chairs are reproduciotns of the Empire style from the 1820s. They probably were made ...
Dresser by Drexel1/18/2009
  Q: I have a dresser with a stamp on the back that reads: 4303-3p New Hampton Court Collection by Drexel ...
  A: Georgia - The age of the dresser can be determined by the mirror. All 20th century American plate ...
Louis Rastetter & Sons folding chairs1/17/2009
  Q: I have 6 Solid Kumfort chairs in good condition from the year, 1925-1926. Has the dates on the back ...
  A: August - Louis Rastetter was a manufacturer of folding chairs and tables in the 1920s through the ...
Great-grandmother's coffee and end tables1/16/2009
  Q: Taylor, I'm from Canada and need some help identifying some furniture. My Mom gave me my ...
  A: Lucie - Your tables are Italian Provincial style from the 1960s. The wood is either maple or cherry. ...
Furniture Identification1/15/2009
  Q: I received some furniture from my Grandmother. My mother says it was purchased around the 1930's. ...
  A: James - From what little I can see of the actual furniture it appears to be rather run of the mill ...
Hoosier cabinet1/14/2009
  Q: I have a oak hoosier with the original large all glass flour and sugar sifters. they swig out. I ...
  A: Kathy - The Stomps-Burkhardt Company of Dayton and Columbus only made chairs. They did not make ...
bedroom set B-690-5DR-521/13/2009
  Q: I have a bedroom set that has been in my family for a very long time.I just want to know who made it ...
  A: Sofia - the designation "B-690-5DR-52" probably is an internal factory code that includes factory ...
McDougall Hoosier Cabinets1/10/2009
  Q: I was wondering what the value is of McDougall cabinets, Mine is in great shape, has a flour bin ...
  A: Dori - I checked in the reference book "Hoosier Cabinets" by Philip Kennedy for a model number on ...
motel knotty pine furniture about 50 years old1/9/2009
  Q: We are replacing 18 motel rooms of knotty pine furniture which date back probably 50 years. I am ...
  A: Jay - To the best of my knowledge commercial grade 50 year old pine furniture has no antique value. ...
antique sewing stand1/8/2009
  Q: My husband inherited this Stickley Bros Quaint American Furniture sewing stand and we would like to ...
  A: Donna - Stickley Brothers began to move away from the earlier Mission style as early as 1909 and ...
John A. Colby and Sons Chest1/7/2009
  Q: I am curious about a chest I have with the name "John A. Colby and Sons" carved into the wood on the ...
  A: Kimberly - First let me clear up a couple of misconceptions. Your chest is not a bombe' chest. It is ...
maddox colonial reproduction company1/6/2009
  Q: FRED,I HAVE READ A RESPONSE TO ANOTHER PERSON THAT YOU GAVE ADVISE TO ABOUT THIS. I ALSO HAVE A ...
  A: Ellen - Your Maddox Colonial table is not an antique. It is a 20th century, factory made, mass ...
american antique card tables1/5/2009
  Q: I have 2 antique brandt card tables. looks like a walnut finish. single drawer, out of 3 brass ...
  A: Sharon - The tables are not antique. Brandt was a 20th century maker in Hagerstown, MD. Your tables ...
Saginaw Furniture Company antique bed set1/4/2009
  Q: I just inherited a bedroom set and would like to know what to ask as a selling price for the set. ...
  A: Heather - If you can send me some photos of the set I will be happy to tell you what I can. You can ...
ANTIQUE CHAIR1/3/2009
  Q: I would like to know what is exactly the Style and era for sure. Pray advise! Below is some info: I ...
  A: Marie - Sounds to me like you have already made up your mind about what the chair may be. Your ...
about a chest1/1/2009
  Q: I just got a chest or dresser but don't know what it is and how old it is I tired looking on the ...
  A: Brandon - I think the name of the company is Cavalier, not Gavalier. Here is a site with some ...
MEDALLION BACK SOFA12/31/2008
  Q: I HAVE A MEDALLION BACK SOFA RECENTLY ACQUIRED FROM MY MOMS ESTATE IN OHIO. I HAVE DONE COUNTLESS ...
  A: Luanne - Medallion back sofas were originally part of the Rococo Revival style of the mid 19th ...
China Cabinet12/30/2008
  Q: I have a China Cabinet that my mother purchased in the mid 1960's from a local gentlemen that had ...
  A: Cherrell - It sounds like an interesting piece. If you can send me some photos of it I will be happy ...
Paine Split pedestal table12/21/2008
  Q: I recently acquired what I believe is a Paine furniture co. split pedestal table. It has large claw ...
  A: Rick - Unfortunately there was no standard closing device for pedestals like this. Each manufacturer ...
Emerson Piano12/19/2008
  Q: We bought a house that has an Emerson Piano serial number 72409 we think on the front inside. we are ...
  A: Tom -According to the Pierce Piano Atlas your Emerson was made in 1900. If the subject were ...
a.w schram & sons company12/18/2008
  Q: I have read a question that you have had in the past, I know that the chair is a Schram but i feel ...
  A: Nathan - You could be talking about any one of several chairs. If you can send me some photos of ...
old coffee table12/16/2008
  Q: My mother gave me a old coffee table that I remember always being in the palor at my great ...
  A: Denise - If you can send me some photos of the coffee table I will be happy to tell you what I can. ...
bed that comes out of a hutch12/15/2008
  Q: we have a piece of furnisher which looks like a dinning room hutch with a mirror on the top and 2 ...
  A: Norma -The general term for a bed like that is "cabinet bed." Cabinet beds were first popular in ...
old chair12/14/2008
  Q: this chair is a dinning armchair, i think! it has a round label under the seat that states, levinson ...
  A: I believe the plant Levinson bought in 1918 was the Stickley-Brandt factory. The Stickley Brothers ...
Sligh-Lowry Corner Cabinet12/13/2008
  Q: .... I have an approximate 4' Sligh-Lowry Corner Cabinet - Mahagony (spelling ? ) - shelving unit - ...
  A: Melissa - The Sligh Furniture Co was formed in Grand Rapids in1880 and grew to have over 1500 ...
Marble Shattuck replacement casters12/12/2008
  Q: where can I find replacement casters for a Marble Shattuck Oak (?) office swivel chair? Thanks!
  A: Mike - As far as I know M&S casters on oak swivel chairs are no different from other casters of the ...
Bloch Furniture12/11/2008
  Q: I have purchased a small accent table which looks like it may have been a smoking table. It has a ...
  A: Margaret - It sounds like the Bloch patent reference may be to the pirate only. Bloch & Co does not ...
Old liquor cabinet12/10/2008
  Q: I have an old liquor cabinet made by John Lane, I am assuming before the 1960's when he moved the ...
  A: Amie - Lane Furnishings never moved to Missouri. It acquired a plant in Mississippi in 1972. Here's ...
Identifying antique desk12/9/2008
  Q: ...mailing from Canada and need help identifying this unusual desk. Seems to be European pine of ...
  A: Dean - I can't see enough details from that photo to say anything. I need to see the dovetails, the ...
1930's Bedroom Furniture12/8/2008
  Q: I am trying to sell the a three piece bedroom suite and would like to know how much I should ask for ...
  A: Lori - Your bedroom set is in the style called Art Moderne when it was new. Today we call it Art ...
Age & value of dining set12/7/2008
  Q: I recently acquired a table, chairs (5), buffet, and china cabinet. The table is stamped x209 ...
  A: The set is not antique. The general rule of thumb for furniture is at LEAST 100 years before it is ...
rocking chair12/6/2008
  Q: I have searched all over to try to find some info on a rocking chair--it has claw feet on front--and ...
  A: Andy - Paw feet are most often seen on rockers from the Empire Revival period of the 1880s-1900. ...
Spinet Desk12/5/2008
  Q: This desk has a sticker on the bottom of the main body of the desk that reads Sheets Mfg. Company, ...
  A: Janet- The desk is called a spinet desk based on the size and shape. In the 18th and 19th century ...
ww kimball upright player piano12/4/2008
  Q: we have a very nice piano. No. 864703. When was it built and what is it's approximate value. The ...
  A: Marie - According to the Pierce Piano Atlas that serial number corresponds to the year 1973 if that ...
Roll Top Desk12/3/2008
  Q: During a recent move, my roll top desk will only open half way. Any suggestion on what happened or ...
  A: Tim - This can be a perplexing problem since there are no visible clues. The most likely scenario is ...
Globe-Wernicke Sectional book case - Leaded Glass12/2/2008
  Q: Taylor, I just recently picked up a 3 piece sectional bookcase from my mother. It was her grand ...
  A: Amy - It is not at all unusual to find different glass in GW cabinets for a couple of reasons. The ...
COUCH & CHAIR---CLEANING12/1/2008
  Q: I HAVE THIS COUCH & CHAIR SET-(PIC IS ATTACHED OF CHAIR)- IM LOOKING TO SELL THESE PIECES-BUT I ...
  A: Lainey - The chair is from the 1920s or 1930s. I can't say about the couch since I haven't seen it. ...
Maple Dresser11/30/2008
  Q: I have a solid rock maple dresser and am trying to learn more about it. It is stamped "Vermont of ...
  A: Tim - That sounds like a reasonable interpretation of the factory markings although without a ...
Globe-Wernicke sectional 4098 1/211/29/2008
  Q: I am attempting to find out the value. It comes in four pieces and is in good shape.
  A: Louise - Like many other types of antique furniture the value of Globe-Wernicke bookcases has ...
Child's chair and side table11/28/2008
  Q: 1. I rescued a child's Windsor chair. Phoenix Chair Company model number 961-54. I'd like to give ...
  A: Terry - The Phoenix chair # 961-64 is illustrated in "American Manufactured Furniture" by Don ...
tripod table11/27/2008
  Q: I asked Eileen Cronk a question about refinishing the base of a mahogany tripod table obtained at an ...
  A: Andrea - The table top is made of ribbon striped mahogany veneer with satinwood inlay. The table is ...
old Lane underbed chest11/25/2008
  Q: I have a very old Lane Cedar Underbed Chest with wooden wheels. Can you tell me anything about it. ...
  A: Liz - Sorry but I have never seen a Lane underbed chest and there are none in my reference material ...
1940's bedroom furniture11/24/2008
  Q: My mom had a beautiful mahogany bedroom set from the 1940's. There are no marking anywhere on it. I ...
  A: I look forward to seeing the photos. You can send clear photos to me as .jpg files at ...
Roo's Cedar Chest11/23/2008
  Q: I have a Edward Roo's Cedar Chest that was given to me from my grandmother years ago, I looked on ...
  A: Karlene - The name of the company was Ed Roos, not Roo's. I have no information about the numbering ...
kidney shape writing desk circa 1890's?11/22/2008
  Q: Can you please identify this a american antique. My parents bought it for me in Australian for my ...
  A: Tracey - The photo is quite small and the thumbnail will not enlarge for a good look. It appears to ...
EastLake or not11/20/2008
  Q: This was my grandmothers dining room set. Can you tell me if it is EastLake. We were trying to ...
  A: Deb - That does not look like an Eastlake table. It looks more like a Jacobean draw leaf table from ...
Old Desk11/19/2008
  Q: Hey Fred- Could you take a look at the attached pictures to let me know the age and perhaps the ...
  A: Vicki - The desk is called a spinet desk based on the size and shape. In the 18th and 19th century ...
Platflorm Rocker11/18/2008
  Q: Can you tell me about this barley twist platform rocker? It has upholstery all front and back. ...
  A: Alberto - Based on the signature rocker mechanism I believe you have a chair made by the famous ...
Can you identify my parent's wood furniture?11/17/2008
  Q: My parents (b.1922 and 1930) received some wood furniture in the 60s when they lived in ...
  A: Karen - That table, at least the top, is Eastlake style, circa 1885/1890. If you can send me some ...
Drexel & Cochrane Furniture11/16/2008
  Q: We have an American Traditional by Drexel No. 402-4 Pine table with chairs and matching hutch No. ...
  A: Melissa - My area of expertise is American antique furniture. Your Drexel and Cochrane furniture is ...
dinning table &chairs11/15/2008
  Q: I have a table& six chairs made by Penn table company Huntington WV. table&chair# is 220 cover # for ...
  A: If you can send me some photos of the dining set I will be happy to tell you what I can. You can ...
bedroom furn.11/14/2008
  Q: i recently purchased a bedroom set with the name of harmony house in the left inside top draw of the ...
  A: Jauchline - Harmony House was the trade name used by Sears for its color coordinated interior ...
Brandt Cabinet works, Hagerstown, MD.11/4/2008
  Q: I recently found an old cabinet that is quite different. It's top and base are almost a shamrock ...
  A: Sandy - Brandt was founded in 1901 so the cabinet cannot be terribly old and ay restoration will ...
Berkey & Gay Furniture (piece)11/3/2008
  Q: Help! I have a B&G furniture piece but I'm not sure what it is. It looks like a desk but I was told ...
  A: Gene - It is neither a desk nor an entry way piece. It is a dressing table, part of a bedroom set ...
Platform Rocker/Recliner11/1/2008
  Q: I inherited a platform turn-knob adjustable rocker/recliner with adjustable headrest and pull-out ...
  A: Sharon - Platform rockers first showed up in the 1840s and were increasingly popular toward the end ...
Antique dresser and mirror10/31/2008
  Q: I just purchased what looks like a Mahogany dresser and mirror. On the back it has Flint & Horner ...
  A: Heidi - Without a photo it is not possible to give you anything but general information. Flint and ...
Berhardt golden oak or tiger oak dining set10/30/2008
  Q: I have inherited a Bernhardt furniture dining room set that my parents purchased from Snellingbergs ...
  A: HBM - If you can send me some photos of the dining set I will be happy to tell you what I can. You ...
mahogany bedroom suite, Taylor Made10/25/2008
  Q: My sister has a bedroom suite that has a sticker inside that says Taylor made, it is Mahogany ...
  A: Charlotte - "Taylor Made" was the trade name used by Jamestown Table Co of Jamestown, NY. The ...
Bureau, Berkey & Gay10/24/2008
  Q: Two questions: First, what was the year of manufacture for a bureau I recently purchased in a junk ...
  A: Janice - The key to the date is the emblem. It changes slightly over the period 1905-1948 and it is ...
antique metal bed10/22/2008
  Q: A friend bought this at an antique store, and was wondering if you can give a little more ...
  A: John - The bed is very similar to those shown in the National Wire Mattress Company catalog of 1879 ...
grand ledge chair10/21/2008
  Q: I have about 85 chairs from an old movie theatre. The tags say Grand Ledge chair co. 92F Chr#45 ...
  A: Mark - The Grand Ledge Chair Co operated in Grand Ledge, MI from 1883 to 1981 maikng primarily ...
Antique Platform Spring? Rocker10/20/2008
  Q: I found a very beautiful rocker at a flea market today and cannot find anything online to compare it ...
  A: Platform rockers were developed in the 1840s but became very popular after the Civil War when finer ...
Virginia House glider10/19/2008
  Q: Any info you have regarding this piece including what it may be worth today. I'm considering ...
  A: Barbara - Off the top of my head I can tell you that the chair is not antique. Virginia House is/was ...
murphy bed10/17/2008
  Q: I just read online that murphy beds were not patented until 1900, I just purchased what i thought ...
  A: Timothy - William Murphy received his first patent for a bed in 1900 and founded the Murphy Wall Bed ...
Gov Winthrope Desk10/15/2008
  Q: I bought a Gov Winthrope Desk. It says on the back No. 95 Gov. Winthrope. Do you know how old it ...
  A: Janet - Unfortunately there are a number of “good stories” that associate a particular style or type ...
Rocking Chair Seat Repair10/14/2008
  Q: I recently bought a rocking chair at a flea market. The seat of the chair has an opening and some ...
  A: Melody - That is called "Pirelli" webbing. It was originally made by the Pirelli Tire Co and used in ...
Antique Chest of Drawers, possibly 193710/8/2008
  Q: Mr. Taylor, I am hoping you can provide some insight on a chest of drawers that is currently in my ...
  A: Christina - That's not quite enough to go on. I nned to see the entire chest from several angles. ...
genuine mahogany dining table10/7/2008
  Q: How much do you think a Mahogany Association dining table that sits six people is worth? thank you
  A: Darrell - The “Mahogany Association” is not a company but a reaction to events. Around the turn of ...
Drop leaf dining table10/6/2008
  Q: I purchased a drop leaf dining table supposed to have been manufactured in the 1920s. The leafs ...
  A: Rex - Tables with leaves like that are called "draw leaf" tables because the leaves are drawn out ...
bedroom set10/5/2008
  Q: I have this complete canopy bedroom set and I would like to know how old it is and possible value? I ...
  A: Dorean - The set is made of oak and appears to be no older than the 1960s or 1970s. My area of ...
MADDOX FURNITURE QUESTION10/3/2008
  Q: My wife inherited a piece of Maddox Furniture. It has a yellow finish, with a fabric Maddox ...
  A: Howard - I am curious about the geography. Maddox was located in Jamestown, NY. According to my map ...
Table and China Cabinet10/1/2008
  Q: I am trying to find out any information that I can about this china cabinet and table. I have had it ...
  A: Cathy - My area of expertise is American antique furniture. Your open shelf hutch from the 1950s or ...
Louis Rastetter folding Chair9/29/2008
  Q: I have 4 wooden folding chairs made by Louis Rastetter & sons. They have a style number of 545. ...
  A: Jennifer - Rastetter was a manufacturer of folding chairs and tables in the 1920s through the 1940s ...
Kling Colonial liquor cabinet9/28/2008
  Q: I was recently given a piece of furniture with Kling Colonial inside a drawer and the numbers 861280 ...
  A: Janice - Kling Furniture was the predecessor of Eathan Allen. It operated from 1911 to 1962. Eathan ...
Cushman table and chairs9/26/2008
  Q: I had been searching for a dining table that can accomodate 10 - 12 people comfortably. In my ...
  A: Jennifer - The furniture is probably made of yellow birch rather than maple. The H. T. Cushman began ...
Desk9/25/2008
  Q: I have an antique white, leather top secretary in good condition. It is marked "Sligh Furniture, ...
  A: Mindy - As you may have noticed in my biographical material my area of expertise is American antique ...
Quaint small rocking chair9/24/2008
  Q: I e-mailed you with pix and question's about my Stickly rocker and you never responded. I was just ...
  A: Shawn - I have no record of receiving your photos. Try again? You can send clear photos to me as ...
Antique Cigar Humidor Stand9/23/2008
  Q: I have a old cigar humidor that my great grandfather used to keep his cigars in. I'm 25 so it must ...
  A: Richard - Your humidor was made in the 1930s. It is part of the "novelty" furniture movement of the ...
Berkley and Gay Bedroom Set9/22/2008
  Q: I have a Berkley and Gay bedroom set. I would love to know a little bit about it. I also am trying ...
  A: Carol - Can't tell much from one dark photo. You can send clear photos to me as .jpg files at ...
1930s or 40s secretary9/21/2008
  Q: I am trying to discover the actually age and craftman of a secretary I bought recently. It has queen ...
  A: Regina - Can you hold it up to the computer so I can see it? If that doesn't work you can send ...
ink well in roll top desk9/20/2008
  Q: i have a oak raised panel roll top with ink wells. i am trying to et an idea about its age. is ther ...
  A: Chris - Based on the little I can see of the desk it is from the early 20th century, 1900-1915. Most ...
olde salem group by drexel bed9/17/2008
  Q: Hope you can help. I have 2 twin beds with the stencils on the head board that read:1023-1a olde ...
  A: John - Drexel is a producer of higher medium quality furniture, generally in the Colonial Revival ...
Children's Furniture9/16/2008
  Q: Good evening Fred. I would appreciate your help with this high chair. I am interested in knowing ...
  A: Karen - That's a lot to ask from one small photo. If you can send me some detailed photos of the ...
Lincoln Rocker9/14/2008
  Q: Good morning, I was given a Lincoln rocker with upholstered back and seat. It is gorgeous and I am ...
  A: Shavaun - A certain type of rocker was called the "Lincoln" rocker because that was the type chair ...
end table9/12/2008
  Q: I have , I think, an end table. I was told it could be made out of gum wood. My grandparents had it ...
  A: Judy - If you can send me some photos of the table I will be happy to tell you what I can. You can ...
Folding wooden chairs9/10/2008
  Q: I've got 3 of these chairs that were being tossed out during a remodel of a 1850's era building in ...
  A: Dan - Folding chairs became popular just after the Civil War and reached a peak in the 1880s when ...
table 1920 to 1930 ameican9/9/2008
  Q: I have an HP Robertson (? occasional side table 1 tier) picture attached. I refinshed it. I would ...
  A: Tom - Without a Robertson catalog it is impossible to tell what the numbers mean. Your table is a ...
Wood Bench9/8/2008
  Q: Taylor, Thank you for taking the time to consider my question. I read through many of your ...
  A: Elisa - If you can send me some photos of the bench I will be happy to tell you what I can. You can ...
Berkey & Gay9/5/2008
  Q: I have a Berkey and Gay Bedroom set (Full bed w/head foot and side boards, Dresser wmirror and chest ...
  A: James - Your best bet is to show photos to auctioneers in your area. They always keep "want" lists ...
Library Table9/4/2008
  Q: Greeting Fred, Happy you are back from vacation and are not "maxed out" right now... I've had this ...
  A: Peggy - The wood on the top and the end panels is ribbon striped mahogany veneer. The rest of the ...
dining room set9/2/2008
  Q: I have a 60" round, very heavy, table I think is mahogany. It is in two pieces, and it has a five ...
  A: Jean - Your table has a solid mahogany top and a ribbon striped mahogany veneered base. The style ...
Shaker Rocking Chair9/1/2008
  Q: We have what we believe is an antique shaker rocking chair. It came from somewhere on the east ...
  A: Emma - From one photo I cannot answer all your questions about the chair. However, I can say with ...
better pictures of the chifferette8/31/2008
  Q: I've sent better quality pictures of the chifferette. Hoping you can tell me more about it. ...
  A: John - Your chifforette is factory made of walnut veneer and red gum solids. It was part of a late ...
mersman table8/30/2008
  Q: i have a mersman table it has 2 tier with 4 brass wheels
  A: Sherry - What is your question? If you can send me some photos of the table I will be happy to tell ...
Set of 3 chairs8/29/2008
  Q: These chairs came out of an old barn in Maine about 15 yrs ago. My mom paid $35 for the 2 side ...
  A: Karen - Your chairs are from an Eastlake parlor set from the 1880s. Charles Locke Eastlake was an ...
Nichols and Stone, American Fancy Chair and Child's Boston Rocker8/28/2008
  Q: I have an American Fancy Nichols & Stone chair that was my grandmother's. It's quite beautiful. ...
  A: Mary - Here is some history on N&S. http://www.nicholsandstone.com/history.php If you can send me ...
J.F. Dietz Co. Cincinnatti Ohio Roll Top Desk8/27/2008
  Q: Have a roll top desk in very good condition. Curious about it's value
  A: Sally - Curious about what it looks like. Send photos. You can send clear photos to me as .jpg files ...
antique Chifferobe8/26/2008
  Q: I'm trying to find out about this piece. Photos have been sent. Both drawers and wardrobe doors have ...
  A: John - Statesville Furniture Co was located in Statesville, NC. "The Statesville Line" was the ...
great grandmas wood rocking chair8/25/2008
  Q: I was wondering if you could tell me a little about this chair. I don't know much about it other ...
  A: Don - Your chair is a Windsor rocker from just after the turn of the century. What appears to be ...
What is this piece of furniture???8/17/2008
  Q: Just wondering what this is? My dad got it from a left over relative private auction that no one ...
  A: Nancy - That is an early 20th century combination of a cheval dresser with a wardrobe. The right ...
Simmons Faux Wood Metal Bedroom Set8/15/2008
  Q: I read your previous answer in regards to a bedroom set that looks like wood but is constructed of ...
  A: Karen - Lots of makers made metal beds in the 1920sd and 1930s besides Simmons. For Simmons it was a ...
Daybed question8/14/2008
  Q: I own a furniture piece (daybed ?) manufactured by P.E. KROEHLER MFG. CO (manufacturer's info comes ...
  A: Ewa - In the 1890s Peter Kroehler was the manager and eventually the president of the Naperville ...
Antique Recliner8/13/2008
  Q: I inherited a recliner chair. I don't know much about it. My mother always called it the "Miller ...
  A: Keith - I am not familiar with the term "Miller chair" associated with a chair like this but I am ...
antique bed with adjustable metal chain link8/12/2008
  Q: I removed an old bed frame from a cabin. Has a metal chain link spring construction in frame. Has ...
  A: James - Companies like the National Wire Mattress Company of New Britain, Connecticut came out with ...
Antique bed and dresser8/11/2008
  Q: I have a bed and dresser that was made by The Columbia Furniture Company High Point, North Carolina. ...
  A: Jim - I can tell from the one partial photo that the furniture is from the Golden Oak era of ...
Hoosier Table8/10/2008
  Q: About 4 years ago I purchased a Hoosier table and 4 chairs. The table has spindle legs and pulls ...
  A: Michelle - Hoosier began offering a table and chair set in the 1920s as "breakfast room" furniture ...
white furniture antique table8/9/2008
  Q: I was recently given a antique table from a friend and was wondering what you could tell me about ...
  A: Jeff - As you may have seen in my AllExperts bio, my area of expertise is American antique ...
Antique Table8/8/2008
  Q: I purchased this table and four chairs at an antique store several years ago. It was painted a ...
  A: Stacy - Your table does appear to be made of birch as do the chairs. The form of the chairs is the ...
Virginia House "Cowboy" furniture8/7/2008
  Q: Fred: Thanks for taking time to educate. I noticed your various answers to Virginia House "Cowboy" ...
  A: John - I don't have any specific suggestions on where to look. Just get the word out to dealers and ...
looking for opinon on bed8/6/2008
  Q: I have a tiger maple 4 poster, 3 quarter size bed that we bought at auction about 14 years ago. We ...
  A: Jim - That appears to be a Federal/Empire bed circa 1830. However, I would need to see the hardware ...
Antique?8/5/2008
  Q: I have an old dresser but do not know who made it or how much its worth. Is it antique & how old is ...
  A: Michelle - Your dresser is from the late 1930s. It is not an antique. The style at the time was ...
dresser/chest of drawers8/4/2008
  Q: I would like to know anything you could tell me about this dresser. I know nothing about it. My ...
  A: Brandi - The chest was part of bedroom set from the 1920s/1930s. It is in the Art Moderne style of ...
Pricing of Antique Desk8/3/2008
  Q: Fred - I can't seem to find a desk that looks like the one I have. I am trying to sell it, but ...
  A: Laura - That is a double school desk from the late 19th/early 20th century. A student sat on each ...
"Venitia" dresser by White furnitue Co.8/2/2008
  Q: this dresser was passed down to me by family members. It's a beautiful piece that has stamped on the ...
  A: Mark - My area of expertise is American antique furniture. Your White of Mebane dresser from the ...
nursing rocker?8/1/2008
  Q: I have attached a picture of a rocking chair (nursing/sewing?)that I bought about 15 years ago for ...
  A: Jo-Ann - Rockers with low seats and low or no arms were called nursing or sewing rockers. The form ...
Dining Room Set7/22/2008
  Q: My parents have recently passed on and my brothers and I would like to get an idea on the history ...
  A: Rich - The set is from the 1930s and the style was called Art Moderne at the time. Today we call it ...
Duncan Phyfe tables7/21/2008
  Q: These were tables in my 87 year old mom's apartment. I'm told they are Duncan Phyfe tables but can ...
  A: Bev - Duncan Phyfe was a Scottish cabinetmaker who came to America in the late 18th century. He set ...
Sideboard and Card Table7/20/2008
  Q: Taylor, Thank you for making your abundant expertise available in this way. I know nothing of ...
  A: Scott - Grand Rapids Bookcase & Chair Co was formed in 1991 with the merger of Grand Rapids Bookcase ...
2 chairs7/19/2008
  Q: I bought 2 wooded chairs with a black stamp with the name nichlas stone garoner mass but the stamp ...
  A: Angela - Nichols & Stone is one of the oldest furniture makers in America. Here is the website. ...
antique office chair7/2/2008
  Q: I have an office chair,solid oak marked Murphy9261,It is adjustable and looks like a teacher or ...
  A: Sandra - If you can send me some photos of the chair I will be happy to tell you what I can. You can ...
4 pc full bed set7/1/2008
  Q: Fred, I have a furniture set it looks like wood veneer over wood. It is a full headboard, ...
  A: Jody - Your set is Art Moderne style from the late 1930s to late 1940s. Today we call the style Art ...
Northern Furniture bedroom set6/30/2008
  Q: I have a set with 2 dressers (one with mirror),dressing table with mirror and stool, side chair, ...
  A: Jim - That is a nice looking set. However, Northern Furniture has not retained a great deal of value ...
Handmade dresser6/27/2008
  Q: I've a three drawer dresser, handmade, possibly by an ancestor. The wood is fat lighter, (resin ...
  A: Dae - If you can send me some photos of the dresser I will be happy to tell you what I can. You can ...
Small type slipper chair6/26/2008
  Q: I have a small old chair maybe mahgnoy? Its carved with a flower in the middle of the back. It was ...
  A: Carol - I do not believe that is a maker's mark. I beleive it is a custom monogram. If you can send ...
dining set6/14/2008
  Q: I recently purchased a dining set. The previous owner advertised it as a 1940s era set. It includes ...
  A: Amanda - You have a "dinette" set based around a Hoosier style cabinet, what you are calling the ...
need help identifying turned walnut bed6/12/2008
  Q: I have the posts, some rails and the slats from an old turned walnut bed that has been in the family ...
  A: Jim - I got the photos. I will get back to you. Fred Jim - Thanks for the great set of photos. Your ...
Identify table and chairs6/11/2008
  Q: Fred, I just purchased this set and wondered what time period this set was made. Also wondering who ...
  A: Lucinda - You got a very good buy for $100. To get a matching set for that is rare. Without the ...
Sewing Stand? Box?6/10/2008
  Q: I would appreciate you telling me what to call this sewing box or stand or something. Also if you ...
  A: Beverly - Your sewing stand is called a "Priscilla" named after a sewing machine from the early 20th ...
rocking chair6/8/2008
  Q: Sir: I would like to know if possible what make is this rocker and some idea how old it might be.The ...
  A: Larry - Your chair is a comb back, bow back continuos arm Windsor rocker made of birch with an oak ...
10 piece sligh dinning room suite6/7/2008
  Q: I have a dinning room suit that was given to me years ago. It has a stamp on each piece Sligh ...
  A: Kim - Sligh began business in 1880 but they had been in business for fifty years before your set was ...
dresser6/6/2008
  Q: I was told that this is an American-style (or American made) dresser from the 1920s. Would you agree ...
  A: Kathryn - That is a dresser from the American Depression era of the late 1920s to mid 1930s. It is ...
Conant Ball, other6/4/2008
  Q: I have a few pieces that I need to find their worth. It's been tough finding information on this ...
  A: Linda - Conant Ball is a respected name in American furniture manufacturing, having made traditional ...
rocking chair6/2/2008
  Q: I have attached some pictures of an old rocking chair that I would like an estimated value of after ...
  A: Ronnie - My guess is that the metal pan was added as a "supplement" somewhere along the line. I have ...
two tier, round imperial tea table6/1/2008
  Q: I asked Ms. Cronk a question earlier and she answered but then referenced me to your direction..... ...
  A: Daniel - I cannot give you even a ball park estimate without seeing the table. So far I can't tell ...
wardrobe5/31/2008
  Q: I have an 1930 wardrobe that states on the inside of the mirror door Taylor Bilt Furniture. I can ...
  A: Tony - Your piece is called a "chifferobe." It is the combination of the two words the describe the ...
secretary/hutch - Maddox5/30/2008
  Q: I was wondering if you had any info on a secretary with a hutch that I have. The back has a label ...
  A: Lisa - If you can send me some photos of the secretary I will be happy to tell you what I can. You ...
breakfront5/29/2008
  Q: I have a Saginaw breakfront/secretary as described by Sherie in her question to you. How can I find ...
  A: Joanne - If you can send me some photos of the breakfront I will be happy to tell you what I can. ...
Curved back carved oak chairs5/27/2008
  Q: I bought 4 of these oak dining room chairs at the Nashville fleamarket several years ago. I would ...
  A: Stephanie - Those are English chairs from the 1920s or 1930s. The back is probably formed plywood. ...
Genny Lynn Full size spool Bed5/26/2008
  Q: My mother is passing down this bed to me . Stating it has value . 1800's brought over from Germany ...
  A: Amy - The so called Jenny Lind bed was named after the Swedish soprano opera singer who came to ...
Civil War Field Desk ?5/25/2008
  Q: I have a desk that I was told was a Commanders Desk from the Civil War. It's legs unscrew to be ...
  A: Doug - It certainly could be correct but you would need to do some careful research. You need to ...
Approximate age of Sligh desk? dresser?5/24/2008
  Q: Photo Links: http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=28kiwkz&s=3 http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=6hn4pl&s=3 ...
  A: Holly - I believe that piece is a vantiy that used to have a mirror in the back. Desks do not ...
Flint&Horner card table5/23/2008
  Q: I began looking underneath the table and discovered that it was created by Flint&Horner. The drawer ...
  A: Julia - The names of Flint and Horner represent two great American cabinetmakers, George C. Flint ...
Blue Bird Furniture Mfg.5/22/2008
  Q: I have a Dining Table w/ 4 leafs + 8 chairs, 2 of them arm chairs. On the bottom of the table top ...
  A: Chris - I cannot find BLue Bird listed in any of my reference material. If you can send me some ...
Virginia House Furniture5/21/2008
  Q: I have a complete bedroom set of Virginia House Furniture which I just had refinished. I have the ...
  A: Jackie - "Theme" sets like this were popular in the late 1940s and early 1950s to appeal to a select ...
Windsor chair5/20/2008
  Q: I too like Patty in a June 2006 question have a WC chair with a sticker on the bottom that says ...
  A: Deb - If you can send me some photos of the chair I will be happy to tell you what I can. You can ...
C. B. Atkin Co. Knoxville Tenn5/19/2008
  Q: Good Evening, I have an antique dining room set that belonged to my husbands grandparents. It is an ...
  A: Pam - C. B. Atkin does not show in my reference material. If you can send me some photos of the set ...
Drexel dining table5/11/2008
  Q: we have inherited a dining table with the stamp by Drexel and the number 851-880-4. I tried to get ...
  A: Silvia - The wood in the table is walnut veneer. The table is not old enough to have any antique or ...
Lloyd Loom red leather chair5/10/2008
  Q: I've just bought a Lloyd Loom chair from a garage sale. The label says Lloyd and then the 'Loom' ...
  A: Siski - The company that was started by Marshall B. Lloyd in 1900, Lloyd Manufacturing, was acquired ...
Help identify my chairs5/9/2008
  Q: I acquired a little while ago a set of what I belive are dining room chairs made by Drexel. I went ...
  A: Samantha - Your chairs are nice looking Hepplewhite shield back Colonial Revival reproductions that ...
Maddox Mahogany Desk5/8/2008
  Q: I have a mahogany desk with three leather panels on the top. Under the center drawer is a sticker ...
  A: Theresa - If you can send me some photos of the desk I will be happy to tell you what I can. You can ...
Antique Mirror5/5/2008
  Q: Can you possibly give me any information on this mirror, or at least lead me in a direction to find ...
  A: Lori - That looks like a Rococo Revival frame from the 1860s with a portrait in the top but a color ...
S. Bent Rocking Chair5/4/2008
  Q: I have an S. Bent rocking chair that was designed by R. Norton Hall, MD, for persons with back ...
  A: Becky - I have no idea where to find another "Norton Hall" chair but if you send photos to Hal ...
Trying to find some answers about my chest of drawers5/3/2008
  Q: My wife and I was given this chest of drawers and I have been trying to find some information about ...
  A: Myron - Thanks for the photos you sent to my email address, info@furnituredetective.com. That makes ...
mammy bench and child rocker5/1/2008
  Q: I have acquired a mammy bench and child rocker. they are old and worn and dirty, they have black ...
  A: Laura - I suggest no more rigorous cleaning than a damp rag until you have more facts. The same with ...
cabinet4/29/2008
  Q: Can you help me identify this piece or anything at all? I do have more pictures if needed. Thank ...
  A: Jamie - Your curio cabinet is called a "vitrine." It was made in France around the turn of the 20th ...
Lane oval coffee table4/28/2008
  Q: I have a Lane oval coffee table Style #10 6 19 Serial #2080610 Not sure if it is worth anything but ...
  A: Debbie - My area of expertise is American antique furniture. With the possible exception of ...
I.D. pub table H.M.L.?4/27/2008
  Q: My wife and I are trying to determine if our pub table has any value as an antique. It is a 4 ft ...
  A: Chris - Your table is called a "draw" table. The form was developed n the 16th century as one of the ...
white furniture co. dining room set4/26/2008
  Q: I just purchased a distressed white with light green shading French Provincial table w/8 ...
  A: Kay - My area of experise is American antique furniture. Your set is a little too contemporary for ...
1940's (maybe?) Cavalier Hope Chest4/24/2008
  Q: I have a Cavalier hope chest that was given to me by my mother a long time ago. All I really know ...
  A: Misty - If you can send me some photos of the chest I will be happy to tell you what I can. You can ...
Monitor Furniture Company4/23/2008
  Q: I have been given a secretary with a large-ish glass cabinet that sits on top of the desk. Inside ...
  A: Pamela - Monitor was founded in Jamestown in 1919 and specialized in high quality solid cherry ...
Murphy Bed4/22/2008
  Q: I have a murphy bed and would like to know it's worth. I don't know much about it but it's ...
  A: Chuck - Technically your bed is not a Murphy bed. The orignal Murphy bed was a wall bed and was ...
antique rocking chair4/20/2008
  Q: i found this rocking chair at a local garage sale in california. the woman said she got it in new ...
  A: Christine - Your Windsor rocker is a style that was once the most popular style in America. It is a ...
round pedastal table4/19/2008
  Q: I have a 44" round expandable table. I do not have any leaves. It is 29" tall. It has wooden ...
  A: Jay - I couldn't find any information about Old Oregon in my reference material. Your table appears ...
Jenny Lind Bed4/18/2008
  Q: Kerry
  A: Kerry - The Jenny Lind bed was named after the Swedish opera singer who came to the US on tour in ...
White Furniture Co.4/17/2008
  Q: I do not expect that the follwiing table is an antique but any information you might provide would ...
  A: Eric - If you can send me some photos of the table I will be happy to tell you what I can. You can ...
antique hide-a-bed4/16/2008
  Q: I saw your response to a question about a hide-a-bed that describes exactly the bed I have (it is ...
  A: Pam - There were two different types of springs in beds like that. One type is the flat wire screen ...
furniture value4/15/2008
  Q: It has a large table with a leaf insert. Eight chairs. Large china hutch with drawers and a buffet. ...
  A: Kelli - Based on what I could see in the photos you sent, the set is from the 1960s or 1970s. The ...
library table4/14/2008
  Q: Can you help me find the maker of my table. It is rosewood with flowery intricate carvings all over ...
  A: Susan - If you can send me some photos of the table I will be happy to tell you what I can. You can ...
bedroom furn.4/12/2008
  Q: I have a bedroom suit made by Berkey & Gay and has medallions in the drawers for Berkey& Gay. There ...
  A: Cathy - What is your question? If you can send me some photos of the set I will be happy to tell you ...
Tiger Oak Rocking Chair4/11/2008
  Q: We would like to know the age and value of the tiger oak rocking chair. It has a cushioned seat. ...
  A: Marilyn - While your chair shows some residual effect of the Arts & Crafts/Mission period of the ...
Glass case cabinet4/10/2008
  Q: I have a cabinet made by the New York Desk & Dining Room Furniture Company. There is a label on the ...
  A: Tyee - The New York Desk and Dining Room Furniture Company does not appear in my reference material. ...
48" quartersawn oak dining table4/9/2008
  Q: My table has 2 leaves, the leaves has sides on them leaves a smooth look, pedestal, smooth rounded ...
  A: Jeanette - If you can send me some photos of the table and chairs I will be happy to tell you what I ...
smoking stands4/1/2008
  Q: I have a smoking stand where the door opens to the right in the front and the inside is lined with ...
  A: Barbara - Do you have a question? If you can send me some photos of the stand I will be happy to ...
Weiman Leather Top Table???3/31/2008
  Q: My wife and I just fell in love with and purchased a nice leather top Weiman table for our study ...
  A: Chris - Weiman was founded in 1941 in Christianburg, VA. Today it is a subsidiary of Bassett, ...
Antique Hutch by BF Huntley Furniture3/30/2008
  Q: I inherited a hutch I was told was made around 1929 and it has a gold medallion inside that says ...
  A: HARLI - B. F. Huntley was located in Winston-Salem, NC. I am curious about the 1929 date. The ...
Antique Blue Velvet Chair3/29/2008
  Q: This chair has been in my family for quite some years. We don't know anything about it other thatn ...
  A: Lindan - The chair is a 1950s era club chair made of maple. It is highly unlikely that the stuffing ...
Murphy Arm Chairs3/28/2008
  Q: I purchased 4 Chairs which have a black paper tags under the seats. The tags say; Murphy Chair ...
  A: Sawn - If you can send me some photos of the chairs I will be happy to tell you what I can. You can ...
walter of wabash3/26/2008
  Q: we recently inherited a table that has stamped underside walter of wabash. It has two drop sides and ...
  A: Trevor - I believe the marking you found, Walter of Wabash, was that of the maker of the table ...
Vanity Table3/25/2008
  Q: I have recently purchased a vanity table and have zero knowledge about antiques. Just wondering if ...
  A: Heather _ Your vanity is from one of America's most identifiable periods and styles. The style when ...
Sheboygan Rocking Chair3/24/2008
  Q: I have a Sheboygan bentwood rocking chair with a sticker below that has No. 278 on it. It sets very ...
  A: Val - If you can send me some photos of the rocker I will be happy to tell you what I can. You can ...
Unusual Rocking Chair- will send photo3/23/2008
  Q: I found your site tonight Googling "unusual rocking chairs" or "antique" gliders. I have a very old ...
  A: Charles - Your chair is a platform rocker made between 1900 and 1920. It is made of birch and has a ...
Crocker Chair information3/22/2008
  Q: I have a chair that belonged to either my Great Aunt or my Great Grandmother. The tag on the ...
  A: Susan - I am quite sure your chair pre-dates the 1924-1925 collection by some few years. By the mid ...
Kroehler 9 drawer dresser3/21/2008
  Q: I have a VERY solid 9 drawer dresser made by Kroehler. I have no knowledge of furniture what so ever ...
  A: Jessica - If you can send me some photos of the dresser I will be happy to tell you what I can. You ...
antique tables3/19/2008
  Q: My mother has a beautiful set of antique tables. One coffee table and 2 end tables. The central ...
  A: Jennifer - If you can send me some photos of the table I will be happy to tell you what I can. You ...
Stickley table3/18/2008
  Q: We have a table and one arm chair that went with the table. The chair has the "Quaint Furniture" ...
  A: Vance - The missing leaves can certainly be reproduced. If you can send me some photos of the table ...
Spiesz furniture3/17/2008
  Q: do you have any info on it or even a value of any kind. I would like to know if i made a good ...
  A: Thomas - Spiesz Furniture was formed in Hanover, Ontario in 1910 and was in continuous production ...
Tiger striped glass ball footed parlor3/15/2008
  Q: I have a side/parlor/library table that has tiger striping on the top and glass ball with pewter or ...
  A: Amber - The glass footed center table is one of the ubiquitous items of the Golden Oak period of ...
Dining Room Chairs3/14/2008
  Q: I have a set of six chairs that I am trying to find out about. My wife had these from a previous ...
  A: Don - At first glance those look like American Federal chairs from the early 1800s but on closer ...
Antique Chair Identification3/12/2008
  Q: Taylor, Hello, I am trying to find out a little history on a chair I found at a local thrift store ...
  A: Eric - The closest thing I have found was from the late 1940s. It was called the LCW chair (Lounge ...
Antique loveseat and office chair3/11/2008
  Q: I recently discovered you at your website furnituredetective.com! The other two pics mentioned ...
  A: Chris - The loveseat was part of a three, four or five piece parlor set from around the turn of the ...
Jenny Lind spindle bed3/10/2008
  Q: Fred, I have an antique Jenny Lind spindle (spool) bed, possibly 3/4 size. I want to make it a ...
  A: Don - A standard double (full) size bed measures 54in by 75 or 76in so you are within inches of that ...
4 chairs3/9/2008
  Q: I recently purchased these 4 chairs at a flea market. 1 is in poor condition, 1 had 2 screws put in ...
  A: Jean - The chairs are from the 1950s and appear to be made of maple. There was a revival of sorts of ...
Idenfication of dresser3/7/2008
  Q: I was wondering if you could help identify a dresser. The dove tail construction in the drawers ...
  A: Deanna - That chest is made of quarter sawn white oak and is from the Golden Oak period of American ...
Original Boone Trail Collection3/5/2008
  Q: I was online and saw this question. Expert: Fred Taylor Date: 1/12/2007 Subject: old recliner ...
  A: Angie - That reader never sent the photos. I will be happy to look at yours. You can send clear ...
Vintage Mies Cantilever Armchair3/4/2008
  Q: I have 2 Mies van der Rohe Chrome and Tan Cane Cantilever Armchairs. Do you provide any help in ...
  A: Carmen - As I am sure you know Ludwig Mies van der Rohe came to the US in 1938 and taught at ...
value of partners desk3/3/2008
  Q: I recently purchased a home in North central Wisconsin wherein the home owners were decent enough to ...
  A: Roger - Baker Furniture made some very fine reproductions but I am not familiar with the Elite ...
replacement stickers for Globe-wernicke3/2/2008
  Q: I am looking for replacement stickers for the bookcases and you had said that they can be found. ...
  A: Laura - A couple of years ago there were two sources, one on eBay and one through a hardware ...
Cambridge table with Walter Wabash slides3/1/2008
  Q: I have a maple drop leaf table in need of restoration. When I took it apart, I found what appears ...
  A: Douw - Cambridge Furniture Co was located in Cambridge, MD. Your table was made in the 1950s and is ...
Chairs2/29/2008
  Q: Had a question regarding a wooden chair...looks like the type that would be used for with a desk. ...
  A: Scott - Murphy Chair Co was in business for many decades and made hundreds of thousands of chairs. ...
Dining Set2/28/2008
  Q: I have a set of dining room furniture i inherited. Family tells me it is approx. 100 yrs old and ...
  A: Darlina - Cavalier Furniture Co was established around 1901 in Chattanooga, TN and was in business ...
W.W. Kimball Upright Piano2/27/2008
  Q: I have just inherited a family piano - a W.W. Kimball Co., upright piano - No. 32912. The interior ...
  A: Anthony - According to the Pierce Piano Atlas your Kimball was made in 1894. The value depends on ...
Statesville Line table chairs and sideboard2/26/2008
  Q: We bought what looks to be a depression era dining room table, four chairs, and sideboard from an ...
  A: Susan - Statesville Furniture Co was a "second tier" manufacturer. In 1929 their complete dining set ...
ornate table2/25/2008
  Q: Eileen referred me to you...Could you please try to identify this table leg style and age? the ...
  A: Becky - That table is an odd little critter. It appears to be a cobble of three different pieces, ...
Globe Wernicke. Co 19142/23/2008
  Q: We got this furniture out of a house on the property that we bought. I think its old from the name ...
  A: Debbie - Most furnture made before WWI by Globe-Wernicke of Cincinnati is certainly not burn pile ...
Sideboard value2/22/2008
  Q: I have a #500 Walnut sideboard from Carolina Wood Products Co.,Ashville,N.C. 66 w x 24 d x 39 h made ...
  A: Bruce - I do not have a catalog from Carolina Wood Products so I will need to see some photos of the ...
berkey and gay bedroom dressers2/21/2008
  Q: i just purchased 2 dressers and a night stand from a secondhand store. the pulls have gold jewels ...
  A: Karen - Without being able to see the dressers I can't give you much information based on your ...
L.C. W. L Cron Furniture2/20/2008
  Q: My grand parents left me a full size bedroom set. with mens chest and mirror woman dresser with ...
  A: Ron - What an unusual set of furniture. The style is Empire Revival, a repeat of Late Classicism ...
Life Time Furniture Grand Rapids Bookcase & Chair Company2/19/2008
  Q: I have a set a bookecase ,chair,rocker & setee, all are cane backed with inlaid patter . I would ...
  A: Patrick - "Lifetime" was a trademark used by Grand Rapids Bookcase and Chair Co for three lines of ...
kimball piano2/17/2008
  Q: I was given a Kimball piano serial number is 147507 can you please give me some info on this piano
  A: Paula - According to the Pierce Piano Atlas, your piano was made in 1905. Pianos from that period ...
Oak double pedestle 5' roll-top desk2/16/2008
  Q: I have one of the above with a plate one it which reads "Globe Wernicke". I am interested in knowing ...
  A: Ross - Globe-Wernicke made roll top desks for many years early in the 20th century so the age will ...
Henredon flip top game table2/14/2008
  Q: I have a Henredon flip top gaming table with leather top. It has a Forbes & Wallce, a Mahogany ...
  A: Tony - The Mahogany Association ceased operation in 1969. The number on the MA sticker is the member ...
bedroom set2/13/2008
  Q: I have a bedroom set that belonged to my grandmother. The latest she could have purchased it is ...
  A: Judy - Your set was made United Furniture Company of Lexington, NC. The other company in Nebraska ...
Berkey & Gay Dining Table & 6 chairs2/12/2008
  Q: I recently acquired a beautiful dining table & 6 upholstered chairs. The look is quite ...
  A: Georgianne - If you can send me some photos of the set I will be happy to tell you what I can. Make ...
Murphy chair2/9/2008
  Q: I have a little chair that looks like a vanity chair. It belonged to my father, but I think he ...
  A: Connie - There was no photo with your original inquiry. If you can send me some photos of the chair ...
Antique Cabinet/Armoire2/8/2008
  Q: I have an antique cabinet that has already been modified to fit a TV inside (i.e., hole cut in the ...
  A: Jeanne – You neglected to mention exactly how old your antique armoire is. If it is an 18th century ...
Drum or round pedestal table2/6/2008
  Q: I was given what was once a beautiful round pedestal table with one drawer. The previous owner let ...
  A: Shirley - I don't have any information on WF Mfg in Warsaw, KY. The table sounds like a Colonial ...
antique loveseat2/5/2008
  Q: I have inherited an antique loveseat from my grandmother. Even she has never known anything about ...
  A: Daniel - Your loveseat was part of a three or five piece Empire style parlor set from the turn of ...
cutler roll top desks2/4/2008
  Q: I live in Florida and have an original Cutler roll top desk. I'm looking for a center drawer and key ...
  A: Heather - You probably will have to have a drawer made and anew lock installed. They are not ...
berkey and gay nightstand2/3/2008
  Q: my mom has a basement full of furniture and crystal, a desk that is about 200 years old that was her ...
  A: Mark - If you can send me some photos of the nightstand and the desk I will be happy to tell you ...
East Lake Walnut Bed2/2/2008
  Q: I have a bed that I have personally owned for over 30 years and would like to obtain the value of ...
  A: Terri - If the bed is Eastlake it was not made in the 1840-1860 period. Charles Locke Eastlake was ...
Brandt 50th Anniversary Drop Leaf Mahogany table2/1/2008
  Q: 1901-1951 on a tin label. I have the above table, but one of the legs is broken. Could you give me ...
  A: Jeanette - The original name of the company was Stickley-Brandt. The Stickley was Charles Stickley, ...
chairs1/31/2008
  Q: I have two chairs that I am thinking about selling. I do not know how old they are or what they ...
  A: Mike - Your swan arm lounge chair and footstool are from the Depression era of the 1930s to late ...
Heywood-Wakefield Children's Chairs1/30/2008
  Q: My mother's church (which has been around for over 100 years) recently underwent a renovation in its ...
  A: Shanna - Your research on Heywood-Wakefield is right on. The model number label you found was used ...
what is a shadow mirror box1/29/2008
  Q: I would like to know what, mirror shadow box is,do you have a comment on it. I think i have one ,it ...
  A: William - Do you mean shadow box mirror? A shadow box mirror simply has a deep frame around a ...
Casters on antique dining room table1/28/2008
  Q: My family has a mahogany dining room table that's from the late 1800s. It has a substantial "apron" ...
  A: Annie - A quick look at the bottom of the feet will tell whether the table ever had casters. You ...
Flip Lid Desk (are these antique)1/26/2008
  Q: I admire and envy your knowledge of antiques. I am completely clueless about the value of these ...
  A: Tim - Your desk is called a "desk on stand." It was a form of the desk in the Middle Ages before the ...
Oval Table Mystery Manufacturer1/25/2008
  Q: I have this oval table which looks like it is mahogany veneer over mahogany wood with square molded ...
  A: Joe - My area of expertise is limited to American antique furntiure and I do not have German ...
Piano1/22/2008
  Q: I would like to know when my piano was made and perhaps an approximate value. It is a WW Kimball ...
  A: Loreimy - The number 43444 was used by Kimball in 1895. The serial number will be embossed or ...
Chair period?1/21/2008
  Q: I'm wondering what you can tell me about this chair, I know its some kind of a ladderback, but ...
  A: Cynthia - That chair is actually a Chippendale style char and the cabriole legs and claw feet fit ...
pre depression sofa1/20/2008
  Q: I have a sofa made by the Monarch Furniture Co of High Point NC It is green leather with nail head ...
  A: Cheryl - If you can send me some photos of the sofa I will be happy to tell you what I can. You can ...
Need help identifying a chair1/19/2008
  Q: My grandfather received this chair in return for payment of services sometime in the 1940's. ...
  A: Katherine - The chair definitely was not made by any of the Stickley clan (there were five brothers ...
old furnitue1/18/2008
  Q: I inherited my grandparents dining furniture. My grandfather bought the set off of a truck in the ...
  A: Tanya - The china cabinet is William and Mary style from the Depression era. If you can send me some ...
Recamier1/16/2008
  Q: We have a carved mahogany (or rosewood?) recamier/chaise lounge. The carving is gorgeous, and my ...
  A: Kate - The best thing to do is to use me as a filter. I can identify the age and style for you and ...
Emerson Piano1/15/2008
  Q: We purchased an upright Emerson piano some years ago and are in the process of replacing pins, ...
  A: Rebecca - According to the Pierce Piano Atlas serial number 41839 was made by Emerson Piano Co in ...
fall-front desk1/14/2008
  Q: I have a fall-front desk, probably late 19th century, that has been passed down in my family. I ...
  A: Peggy – While your desk has a resemblance to a plantation desk, it also closely resembles the 17th ...
draw leaf table1/13/2008
  Q: Taylor, I recently purchased a draw leaf table. It has 1117 stamped on the bottom in 3 places. I was ...
  A: Karen - Your table is called a "draw" table. It was developed in Elizabethan times as one of the ...
Farley & Loetscher1/12/2008
  Q: I need to decide whether to ship an item from my Mom's estate or give it away. I have a 24x12x10 ...
  A: Donna - Since I haven't seen your trunk I can't advise you on value. However, Farley & Loetscher was ...
Museum quality1/11/2008
  Q: Taylor. Have a 600 lb 4dr bookcase gothic carvings on glass 2 finals 1 on each side strange hats ...
  A: Richard - If you can send me some photos of the cabinet I will be happy to tell you what I can. You ...
Hoosier Cabinet1/10/2008
  Q: I am contemplating selling this antique Hoosier cabinet but have no idea of its worth. It has the ...
  A: Joanne - The bible on the subject is the book "Hoosier Cabinets" by Philip D. Kennedy. I took a ...
Nichols and Stone Rocker1/9/2008
  Q: I have a small rocker with a paper lable on the bottom with the name of Nichols and Stone. Can you ...
  A: Mary - Your rocker is a Windsor rocker. Of course the definition of Windsor is that no vertical ...
Colonial Revival Syle Dining Table Circa 18901/7/2008
  Q: The table opens up and folds over, and has leafs for expansion. The table is in mint condition. I ...
  A: Elizabeth - If you can send me some photos of the table I will be happy to tell you what I can. You ...
White of Mebane Dining Set1/6/2008
  Q: I purchased this in 1990 for $5300: 2-piece china hutch and dining table with two leaves, 2 arm ...
  A: Stephanie - That is a very contemporary set and as I state in my AllExperts profile my area of ...
Chair and dresser1/4/2008
  Q: Help! - I recently had some water and highheat dry out damage to my great grandmothers chair and a ...
  A: Laura - Sorry for your loss. I have never heard the term "knee hole" applied to a chair like that. ...
kiel 1/2 moon table1/3/2008
  Q: I acquired a 1/2 moon shaped kiel table about 10 years ago. The underneath is stamped as Kiel ...
  A: Gina - Some Kiel furntiure is collectible only because of superior condition but the name Kiel ...
Eastlake Chair1/2/2008
  Q: I am trying to determine if the chairs I have are Eastlake and if so, a "ball-park" value. I cannot ...
  A: Barry – Your chairs are in fact in the style called Eastlake. Charles Locke Eastlake was an English ...
Irwin Pendleton dresser12/31/2007
  Q: I too have a Irwin Pendleton series dresser. I bought it at an estate sale, and it appears to have ...
  A: Jeanine - If you can send me some photos of the dresser I will be happy to tell you what I can. You ...
Chippendale chair?12/30/2007
  Q: Can you tell me if you have any idea who made this chair, or the correct period? Is this a ...
  A: Cynthia - Your chair is not a Chippendale chair. A Chippendale chair essentailly looks like a Queen ...
Antique Shipping Crate12/29/2007
  Q: It is in excellent condition with the lid intact. Can you give me an idea of the worth? I can't ...
  A: Victoria - I am sorry that I cannot help you with that item. My area of expertise is limited to ...
wardrobe armoire12/19/2007
  Q: I bought a wardrobe armoire at a garage sale. It has a full mirror on one side that opens and has a ...
  A: Angel - Loris Wood Products was formed in Loris, SC in 1946 to produce chests of drawers and ...
K&G chest of drawers12/18/2007
  Q: I recently purchased a pine chest of drawers which has 4 lockable drawers and the logo K & G with a ...
  A: John - The form you describe was used in the 1870s in Rococo Revival and Renaissance Revival chests ...
Mahagony tallboy12/17/2007
  Q: I have seen several like it. But what makes this one different is the top drawer (it is ONE drawer ...
  A: If a cabinet like your had three small drawers across the top and it would have been described as ...
Berkey & Gray furniture12/15/2007
  Q: What can you tell me about Berkey & Gray Furniture.I am interested in a bed I think was made by ...
  A: Loren - I can tell you more about Berkey & Gay than will fit in this forum. The company was a ...
Hoosier Cabinet and Table12/14/2007
  Q: I have a Hoosier Cabinet and Table that I would like to know either value or more information on. ...
  A: Julie - I am unsure if you mean that the cabinet was made by Hoosier Manufacuring Company or that ...
old furniture12/13/2007
  Q: I FOUND FOUR OLD PIECES OF FURNITURE AT A SALE. IN BACK IT HAS A TAG THAT MOUNT AIRY FURNITURE MOUNT ...
  A: Nancy - Mt Airy made decent middle of the road furniture from the 1920s to 1950s. If you can send me ...
Cutler desk12/12/2007
  Q: I have a Cutler desk that I started to refinish. I stopped when I saw the Cutler logo. I know ...
  A: Jeff - Cutler is a well made desk and you have no concerns about refinishing it. Just do a good job. ...
ta-bed furniture piece12/11/2007
  Q: i recently inherited this old table and come to find out it is a bed. it is called a ta-bed. it ...
  A: Mark - You have one the famous pieces of "novelty" furntiure from the Depression era of the 1920s ...
Drop front secretary12/8/2007
  Q: I would like help identifying this drop front secretary. ...
  A: Lori – Your drop front desk is called a secretaire a abattant, a form of cabinet desk that presents ...
Lexington Chair Company telephone chair12/7/2007
  Q: I recently acquired an old telephone chair made by Lexington Chair Company. It has a chair with an ...
  A: Jennifer –Your telephone chair is called a “gossip bench.” Lexington Chair Co was located in ...
berkley & gay12/6/2007
  Q: We have a server with bowed legs and a matching hutch with birdseye maple in the front its in ...
  A: Victor - Your best bet is to show photos of the pieces to a local auctioneer for his opinion of ...
Date of a player piano12/2/2007
  Q: I was wondering if you could tell me the age of my Victor W.H. Paling & Co player piano? The serial ...
  A: Amy - The W. H.Paling and Co is an Australian company that labeled several pianos including Victor. ...
Unique piece of Morganton Mahogany12/1/2007
  Q: Morganton made a mahogany china cabinet with S shaped or double bowed glass on the right and left ...
  A: John - Can't help you with the name of that piece but given that Drexel acquired Morganton in 1957 ...
genuine Lane cedar chest11/30/2007
  Q: I am wondering what to clean my cedar chest with I have found it in my grandparents basement I would ...
  A: Diana - You can certainly tackle a cedar chest. First disassemble it by removing the top and ...
Sligh furniture11/29/2007
  Q: We have acquired a Sligh bedroom set consisting of bed frame, dresser, and vanity. Trying to ...
  A: Demarise - That is a nice looking three mirror vanity. However, I am confused about the caption. It ...
3 piece sofa sectional11/28/2007
  Q: I purchased a 3 piece sofa sectional made by Jasper Furniture Co. It has a tag on the bottom of it ...
  A: Debbie - If it was made in 1923 it is not an antique by the standards in use by most knowledgeable ...
Old Family Plantation Desk11/26/2007
  Q: My husband inherited an old plantation desk that has been in the family for generations. It is 45" ...
  A: Ruth Ann – A true ante-bellum plantation desk is made of two parts, a stand, usually without ...
sligh bedroom outfit11/21/2007
  Q: Taylor, I really need some help. I have a bedroom furniture set from Sligh Furniture Co. of Grand ...
  A: Steven - If you can send me some photos of the bedroom set I will be happy to tell you what I can. ...
antique armoire11/20/2007
  Q: I am buying a large oak armoire and it is in pieces. Can you help me with resources for how to put ...
  A: Kathy – American armoires from this period are usually assembled with one of two methods and ...
Child's Rocking Chair11/19/2007
  Q: My husband has a black child's rocking chair that was given to him as a baby (he's 65 now) so it's ...
  A: Jan - Both original Hitchcock chairs and those made by the Hitchcock reproduction company beginning ...
Berkey & Gay 191211/18/2007
  Q: We have an Adams design, 1912 Berkey & Gay dining room set. It includes 6 chairs, a sideboard and a ...
  A: Sharon - If you can send me some photos of the set I will be happy to tell you what I can. You can ...
Desk11/15/2007
  Q: I think it was made in Canada, but not sure when, and type of wood? Thank you any info great! Stamp ...
  A: Deb - Sorry but that was not a desk in the photo. It appears to be some sort of pottery or ceramic. ...
What is this called?11/14/2007
  Q: On the antique roadshow they had a piece that looked like a dresser with a mirror but the top ...
  A: Milissa - Sorry I missed that edition of the Roadshow. I would love to see that piece. I have no ...
Bedroom set question11/13/2007
  Q: It has two twin beds with springs, a highboy, dresser with mirror and built in little clock, and a ...
  A: Jeannie - I'm sorry but I can't tell enough from one small dark photo. If you can send me some ...
barrel roll top desk "glider" repair11/12/2007
  Q: Eileen Cronk suggested I contact you with my question. I have a barrel roll top (not slatted roll ...
  A: Lee Ann – The type of your desk is called a “cylinder” desk rather than barrel roll top. Although ...
berkey & guay china cabinet11/11/2007
  Q: I recently purchase this Berkey & Guay close china cabinet i would like to know the period it was ...
  A: Sylvain - Your cabinet is called a "claret" cabinet. Blind door cabinets like this were used in 18th ...
Kimball upright piano11/10/2007
  Q: I have an old piano that someone gave me and on the inside panal it has a metal plate that has ...
  A: Teri - The Columbian Exposition was held in Chicago in 1893 and Kimball receieved an award for its ...
Weiman Table11/9/2007
  Q: My elderly neighbor has an old table marked Weiman Heirloom Quality #9337. Can you give us any ...
  A: Joanne - Weiman started in business in 1941 so by that definition the table cannot be an antique. It ...
lane table10/29/2007
  Q: bought a lane table....old one...made altavista va. serial no.665220 style no. 900 22 design ...
  A: Bill - It is not an antique if that is what you are asking. Lane didn't start making tables until ...
Colonial-Greek-Revival Rocker?10/28/2007
  Q: I won at auction in Pine Bush NY a "Boston Rocker" with rolled arms and seat..black over red..gold ...
  A: Susan - Sounds like a chair decorated with local attractions. If you can send me some photos of the ...
Maddox Desk10/27/2007
  Q: We have a 7 drawer, leather top, mahogany, Maddox desk (most of tag is under center drawer). We are ...
  A: John - Your desk is part of the great American Colonial Revival that started in the 1880s and is ...
chair10/26/2007
  Q: trying to find any info about this style of chair like manufacture, date made. has paper sticker on ...
  A: John - P. Derby & Co. is usually listed as being in Gardner, Mass. at the turn of the century. They ...
BOCKSTIGE FURNITURE CO10/25/2007
  Q: DO YOU HAVE ANY INFO ON THE FURNITURE COMPANY FROM EVANSVILLE, INDIANA. I HAVE A DESK (OR TABLE) ...
  A: Phyllis - The company was Bockstege Furniture Co. Here is site that offers a vintage ad from them. ...
THE KNOXVILLE TABLE AND CHAIR COMPANY10/24/2007
  Q: FRED, WE BOUGHT A TABLE FROM A GARAGE SALE IT HAS MANY COATS OF UGLY BROWN PAINT. THE PERSON WE ...
  A: Jeanne - That would be a very unusual table for it to be factory made. If you can send me some ...
Charlotte chair company bench #276210/22/2007
  Q: I have attained a bench seat that I am wanting to know more about. It is made by Charlotte Chair ...
  A: Lisa - I do not have access to a Charlotte Chair Co catalog so I can't look up the numbers for you. ...
Berkley & Gay bedroom suite10/21/2007
  Q: I have a Berkley & Gay bedroom suite with a starburst design in walnut veneer on the front of the ...
  A: Mirian - If you can send me some photos of the bedroom suite I will be happy to tell you what I can. ...
commode10/20/2007
  Q: I found an interesting piece of furniture in our attic. It is a commode, that is missing the "pot" ...
  A: Connie - The twisted fiberboard material is called "paper wicker" or "fibre." The concept was ...
Antique cot10/18/2007
  Q: I have a twin size cot, with legs that fold down--making it able to be stored flat. It has wooden ...
  A: Connie - The cots were made in the late 19th century and while they are over 100 years old they are ...
Nicholas & Stone child's rocker10/16/2007
  Q: I have a rocking chair which belonged to my parents which is at least l00 years old. It is stamped ...
  A: John - If you can send me some photos of the chair I will be happy to tell you what I can. You can ...
3 shelf corner piece.10/15/2007
  Q: I have a corner piece with three shelves. On the bottom it is marked "Ferguson Bros. Mfg. Co.; ...
  A: Verita - Most pieces like this were made in the Depression era as "novelty" items when people ...
ATLAS FURNITURE COMPANY DRESSER10/14/2007
  Q: I have an old, dark wood dresser with mirror that says " Mahogany Atlas Furniture Company, Made in ...
  A: Sherri - Atlas Furniture was formed in Jamestown, NY in 1883 by Swedish immigrant workers so it is ...
Antique Roll top10/13/2007
  Q: I have a SOLID WALNUT Rolltop desk by Bureaux Pichon circa 1890's. 4 drawer stacks on both sides. ...
  A: Richard - If you can send me some photos of the desk I will be happy to tell you what I can. Please ...
Lane cedar hope chest10/12/2007
  Q: I recently received a Lane cedar hope chest from a family friend. I believe it belonged to their 96 ...
  A: Tammy - You can email Lane directly from this site. ...
Antique mahogany stands with marble top10/11/2007
  Q: I have two mahogany tables that a friend said they were "symphony" tables due to the design of them. ...
  A: Kevin - If you can send me some photos of the tables I will be happy to tell you what I can. You ...
Vintage Chair10/10/2007
  Q: Reading your previous answers is certainly helpful and appreciated. I have a chair that has a label ...
  A: Jeanne - The label doesn't help us much with the maker or the designer and the National Association ...
need help identifying rocker10/9/2007
  Q: I have 2 old rockers that belonged to my great grandmother. One is a mission oak. The 2nd I cannot ...
  A: Tillie - Your chair falls in the category of what was called "borax" furniture of the Depression ...
Wasbash Ind. Dining room set10/8/2007
  Q: The attached pictures are of a dining room set passed down through my family. I did find on the hnge ...
  A: Calvin – The Wabash name you found was the maker of the table slides, Walter of Wabash, one of the ...
small decorative table10/7/2007
  Q: I was wondering about the origin of my table. It was purchased at an auction sale 30 years ago in ...
  A: Terry – I am sorry you waited so long to ask your question. Thanks for your patience. Your table is ...
Waterfall Dresser10/6/2007
  Q: My parents bought this waterfall dresser in Oct 1937 when they got married. It was part of a bedroom ...
  A: JoAnn – Your dresser is actually called a “Chifferobe/secretary.” Chifferobe is a combination of two ...
antique gargoyle rocker chair10/5/2007
  Q: I read the answer about what a gargoyle rocker looks like and I wanted to know the value of such a ...
  A: Jeff - The value depends on the chair itself, not the gargoyle figure which is incidental ...
Marble & Shattuck Chair Co. oak swivel chair10/3/2007
  Q: I recently bought a Marble & Shattuck Chair Co. oak swivel office chair at a garage sale. It has ...
  A: Kerry - Marble& Shattuck was formed in 1875 and made chairs until the late 1930s or mid 1940s ...
My ODD Mid Modern Chair & Ottoman10/2/2007
  Q: Good morning, I was hoping you might help me identify the maker of this 1962 "Rabbit Ear" lounge ...
  A: Chris - That is certainly an unusual looking chair but Mid Modern is not my cup of tea either. My ...
Relyon ice box10/1/2007
  Q: Fred, I am trying to find any info I can on an ice box my father has. The only identifying mark ...
  A: Tim - Sorry but I can't help you with this. My area of expertise is limited to American antique ...
sewing rocker9/30/2007
  Q: I bought a sewing rocker at a friend's garage sale. He says it belonged to his grandmother (he's ...
  A: Kate - One type of dragon was once one of America's favorite "pets", the winged griffin. The griffin ...
I. Himmb-Furniture Maker9/28/2007
  Q: I am trying to get information about an 1850's furniture maker named I. Himmb. I have a three piece ...
  A: Delane - That is a nice set, at ransitional set from Rococo Revival to Reniassance Revival, circa ...
rocker9/27/2007
  Q: I have a very small armless rocker that has a cane seat & back. I have been told that it is from ...
  A: Barbara - There were no pictures of the rocker with your question. If you can send me some photos of ...
Kimball Piano9/26/2007
  Q: I would like to know in what year my piano was built. There is a number carved on the back of the ...
  A: Samantha - That is not the serial number. That is a model number or case number. The serial number ...
dresser & double bed9/25/2007
  Q: We have a dresser and double bed - wood veneer - that has a triangular emblem "Empire" on it. Can ...
  A: Jack- There were a number of companies using the name Empire around the time your set was made. I am ...
buffet9/24/2007
  Q: I was given this buffet and would like to know more about it. In particular I'm wondering if the ...
  A: Freda - The buffet is from the Art Deco period of the 1930s. Great looking piece! That hardware is ...
Roll top desk repair.9/22/2007
  Q: Fred: I have a 66" roll top desk from the 1920's The canvas or duck on the back of the tambour hase ...
  A: Rick - Of course the first thing you have to do is remove the tambour from the desk. Roll tops, at ...
Antique Rose Carved Chairs & Dining Room Table9/21/2007
  Q: I am estimating that she purchased them between the mid 1940's to early 1950's. I believe they are ...
  A: Marianne - Chairs like that were made in the 1940s after the war. The carving is actually from the ...
Rocker9/20/2007
  Q: I was told this rocker is old. I find no labels. Any help would be appreciated. The caneing is ...
  A: Jackie - If you can send me some photos of the rocker I will be happy to tell you what I can. You ...
antique childs rocking chair9/19/2007
  Q: just came upon this site by chance and was wondering about this chair that I inherited about 29 ...
  A: Shelly - That is a press back Windsor rocker made just after the turn of the century. You can see ...
Tomlinson chair man. co,9/17/2007
  Q: As I was trying to find out something about the dining room furniture my wife received from her ...
  A: John - According to this site http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/t/Tomlinson_of_High_Point,Inc. ...
Harmony House Furniture9/16/2007
  Q: I bought a "Master China" No. 24321 a garage sale today. The original paperwork was in one of the ...
  A: Susan - By definition if it was sold only at Sears it is not antique. Harmony House was a Sears ...
Murphy Bed9/15/2007
  Q: I have a Murphy Bed that has been in my family for over 50 years. It is a beautiful piece of ...
  A: Jeanene – Your bed is part of the folding bed craze of the late 19th century. It technically is ...
Northern Furniture bedroom set9/14/2007
  Q: I have a 3 piece bedroom set that I believe is from Northern Furniture Company (part of the label is ...
  A: Ryanne - Here is a site with some information about the company. ...
Antiques9/13/2007
  Q: Can you help me with the date and value of this desk?
  A: John - Both desks are mid 29th century Colonial Revival desks but exact periods are difficult to ...
old sewing machine9/12/2007
  Q: i have a old general sewing machine how would i find out about this machine.its cast iron and i have ...
  A: Benny - My area of expertise is limted to American antique furniture so I can't help you with your ...
Please help us identify an antique chair.9/11/2007
  Q: My wife and I purchased an antique chair from a yard sale in Huntsville, AL this past weekend. The ...
  A: Michael – Don’t believe much of what you hear at garage sales. The grandmother may have been over ...
Dining Room Set Identification9/10/2007
  Q: With as little info as I have, I'm not sure anyone will be able to ID this furniture, but I guess ...
  A: Pam - The piece is made of bleached cherry (called "fruitwood" at the time) in Italian Provincial ...
Identifcation of furniture style9/9/2007
  Q: I sent an inquiry before but think I may have deleted it, so will try again. I have a dining room ...
  A: Valeire - Your question was posted on 9/06 and I responded on 9/07. Here is my response - Valerie ...
DUNCAN PHYFE DROP LEAF TABLE9/8/2007
  Q: THE TABLE IS 64X40 WITH 2 DROP LEAFS-QUESTION IS WHAT DOES THE 8-52E 52139-813-2 MAHG TELL ME? THIS ...
  A: Cahrlotte - That alpha/numeric sequence doesn't tell you and me anything about the table but it told ...
Identification of furniture9/7/2007
  Q: I have a dining room set (table, 6 chairs, china cabinet, server and large cabinet) Reaser Furniture ...
  A: Valerie - Reaser is not listed in any of the standard industry reference matrials but here is site ...
Wooden Display Case9/6/2007
  Q: I love old wooden furniture and purchased a wooden display case at a garage sale for $17. I ...
  A: Courtney – Your cabinet was made for the display of tea cups and saucers. That’s the reason for the ...
Pressed back Rocking Chair9/5/2007
  Q: I have a rocking chair that was my great grandmothers and was handed down to me from my father. It ...
  A: Rich – The chair is obviously factory made but without more information from the label it is ...
Berkey and Gay Dinning Room Set9/3/2007
  Q: I am thinking about purchasing this Dinning Room Set made by Berkey and Gay. The lady who is selling ...
  A: Kelly – Berkey & Gay is one of the most famous names in American furniture history. It was one of ...
anitque bombe chest.9/2/2007
  Q: I was giving this chest over a year ago, and I am interested in knowing how to go about finding how ...
  A: Jennifer - If you can send me some photos of the chest I will be happy to tell you what I can. Be ...
nichols child rocker9/1/2007
  Q: I am helping a local group price items for a fund raiser and have a question on an old stenciled ...
  A: Jean - If you can send me some photos of the rocker I will be happy to tell you what I can. You can ...
L. Marcus Ltd. piece8/31/2007
  Q: I've just purchased a dining room piece and was hoping to see what other matching pieces existed. ...
  A: Shari – I do not know anything about L. Marcus Ltd. since my area of expertise is limited to ...
rocking chair8/30/2007
  Q: I bought a rocking chair at an antique festival in Minnesota in 1997 and know nothing about it. I ...
  A: Monica – Your chair is called a “press back Windsor” rocker. It is called press back because the ...
thayer child's rocking chair8/29/2007
  Q: i have a black child's rocking chair. on the top of the back of the chair, it says thayer tops for ...
  A: Mary Ann - My reference material has nothing on Thayer and Tops for Tots. Perhaps you could consult ...
Atlas Furniture Co., Jamestown, NY Vanity/Chair8/28/2007
  Q: I recently purchased a beautiful dark wood vanity table with triple mirrors (both outside mirrors ...
  A: Jacquelyn - Atlas was an unusual company for the time in that right at the start of the Depression ...
wooden closet?8/27/2007
  Q: My dad recently acquired a large wooden piece of furniture and we are unsure of it's use. It's 7ft. ...
  A: Paige – It certainly sounds like the case to an amoire or wardrobe. If you can send me some photos ...
Origins of a Breakfront/Bookcase8/26/2007
  Q: Taylor, Several years ago my mother left me a breakfront which I believe is quite valuable. ...
  A: Bill & Libby – You are correct that the breakfront is American. The style is Colonial Revival, a ...
Governor Winthrop desk8/25/2007
  Q: I have a Governor Winthrop desk which was purchased from Maddox Tables in Jamestown, NY #954. It is ...
  A: Nancy – Your drop front desk is a classical Colonial Revival reproduction, one of the most popular ...
end table8/24/2007
  Q: What is the value of my end table? I bought it at an estate sale about 15 years ago. I am sending ...
  A: Pat – Your table is a mid 20th century reproduction of two mid 19th century style. The base with the ...
Chair8/23/2007
  Q: I was given this chair. I was hoping you could tell me some about it, thanks for your time. ...
  A: Skip – Your chair is one of the famous “gargoyle” or “face” chairs from around the turn of the 20th ...
Berkey & Gay #117 Dining Table8/22/2007
  Q: Fred, The insert is missing and the legs had to be repaired. They pulled away from the pedestals. ...
  A: Margaret - There was no photo so I can't tell you much about your table. If you can send me some ...
Ferguson Bros Mfg. Co. Music Rack8/21/2007
  Q: Could you please tell me the value of my music rack, number 7762, which is in the Mission style. Is ...
  A: Pat – Lots of confusion here. Stickley was a manufacturer like Ferguson so it can’t be both a ...
Emerson Upright Piano8/19/2007
  Q: I was given a beautiful Emerson Upright for my 7 year old daughter. The serial # is 74452. Could ...
  A: Dawn - All I can tell you without seeing it is that it was made in Boston near the end of 1901. You ...
Grandparent's bedroom suite8/17/2007
  Q: My grandparent's bedroom suite was handed down to me and I am trying to figure out when it is from ...
  A: Mary - If you can send me some photos of the suite I will be happy to tell you what I can. You can ...
Please help identify this rocker!8/16/2007
  Q: Welcome back! I've been waiting for you. I've acquired and old rocker and have not been able to find ...
  A: Pam - If you can send me some photos of the rocker I will be happy to tell you what I can. You can ...
Emerson Upright Piano8/15/2007
  Q: We have an old Emerson piano that we got for free and I was hoping you could tell me a little about. ...
  A: Craig - The serial number you gave me is from 1911 according to the Pierce Piano Atlas. If that is ...
Dresser w/ desk pull-down8/14/2007
  Q: Could you tell me the value of this dresser? I am sending a photo to your email. There is no names, ...
  A: Your “dresser w/desk pull down” is a 20th century recreation of a variation of the 19th century ...
interesting oak desk8/3/2007
  Q: I inherited a secretary type desk from an old family friend in Denver. We believe that her parents ...
  A: Kris – That is an interesting desk that had me going for a moment. I finally realized it is not a ...
cedar chest7/13/2007
  Q: I have a cedar chest I inherited from my mother. She bought it from an antique dealer when I was a ...
  A: Cara - Here are a couple of sites with information about cavalier chests. ...
Antique China Cabinet and Hutch7/12/2007
  Q: I have a China Cabinet and Don't know much about it, I could use some help.I was told it was ...
  A: Dustin - Thanks for the original photos. I have my doubts about it being antique. The back panels ...
Flip Top Table7/11/2007
  Q: i was wondering how much you think a flip top table from the 17th century might cost today? The top ...
  A: Jessica - Perhaps you mean 18th century table? If you can send me some photos of the table I will be ...
emerson piano7/10/2007
  Q: Ihave a emerson boston with serial number120918,do you know it value it is in great shape let me ...
  A: Mark - According to the Pierce Piano Atlas your piano was made in 1921. For current value in your ...
Old Table7/8/2007
  Q: I have an old table that has the following printed on the bottom of the drawer. Traucott co ...
  A: Doug - Traucott does not appear in any of my reference material as a manufacturer. Perhaps it was ...
Dining Table and Treble Clef Chairs7/6/2007
  Q: My mother recently acquire a drop leaf table with pedastal base. It came complete with the 4 dining ...
  A: Michelle - It sounds like the set is a Colonial Revival reproduction set from the Depression era. If ...
Antique Bed7/5/2007
  Q: My mother has an antique bed that someone wants to purchase but we have no idea what it is worth. ...
  A: April –Your bed is a very nice example of the Golden Oak period of American furniture from around ...
Old chairs7/3/2007
  Q: I have another question for you. I have a set of chairs old wooden kitchen or dinette chairs (5 to ...
  A: John – You are correct – those are factory made chairs. They are called “press back” chairs because ...
Brown Junior Table and Cabinet7/2/2007
  Q: Boy, am I glad that Google knows you! I just purchased a "Brown Junior" cabinet with the wonderful ...
  A: Karen - As you have found out there is very little information available about Harris-Brown Table Co ...
hope chest damaged top7/1/2007
  Q: I just bought a hope chest at an auction. I have no idea how old it is or how much it is worth. ...
  A: Wendy – The answer to what the chest is worth has already been answered. You established the current ...
oak library table or dest6/30/2007
  Q: I bought a desk/library table at a local estate auction. I would describe it as arts and crafts ...
  A: Susan – You are kind of mixing metaphors, as it were. Arts and Crafts was a movement, not a style ...
how to clean an antique mirror6/29/2007
  Q: I have a mirror that has a film or residue on it and I cant get the mirror clean. I have tried many ...
  A: Sheri – The front surface of the mirror is simply clear plate glass. Anything that will clean your ...
Dresser help?6/28/2007
  Q: I retrieved two dressers from my great-grandparents summer camp in western MA a few years back. I'm ...
  A: John – The chest with the mirror is an early 20th century factory made chest, circa 1910-1915. You ...
dining room and 6 chairs6/26/2007
  Q: we would like your opinion on the value and a possible a year of our dining room and 6 chairs. We ...
  A: Olga - Your set is Mission style, made of quarter cut white oak. The style has been slightly ...
Roll Top Desk6/24/2007
  Q: I recently acquired an old roll top desk. The brass plate on front, that is also the key hole, says ...
  A: Erin - I couldn't find any informatuion in my reference material to Tebbit. My guess is that that is ...
Rocking Chair6/23/2007
  Q: I have purchased a rocking chair at a flea market and wanted to know about its history. The style ...
  A: Freda - That's not quite enough. The spring unit you decribe was used around the turn of the ...
duncan phyfe furniture6/21/2007
  Q: my husband & I have been given a Duncan phyfe couch & chair that has been in the family for at least ...
  A: Alison - Duncan Phyfe retired in 1847. The only matching sets of upholstery goods he made were ...
wonder chair6/20/2007
  Q: I recently received a wonder chair baby stroller from my aunt, but I can't find any info on it on ...
  A: Elizabeth - The only information I have on a Wonder Chair is that we had one for our first child ...
hinges for an antique davenport couch6/19/2007
  Q: I have an antique couch/chair combination. One of the hinges on the couch seems to be broken. Local ...
  A: Jeff - First I suggest you try to have the hinge repaired by a metal worker. Hinges just aren't that ...
Stickley Dining table and chairs6/17/2007
  Q: I have a dining table with 4 chairs (one is a captain's chair). It has 4 leaves and the pads for ...
  A: Bonnie – The term "Quaint" was used by Stickley Brothers to describe their first line of Arts and ...
Ed Roos cedar chest6/14/2007
  Q: I have a cedar chest built by Ed Roos Company of Forest Park Ill. My mother acquired the chest as ...
  A: Bill - That number probably is the style number or the model number. If you can send me some photos ...
White of Mebane Dining Room Suite6/13/2007
  Q: I have a Louis XIV, White of Mebane, dining room suite consisting of table with 2 leaves extending ...
  A: Nelda - I'm sorry I can't help you with that. My area of expertise is limited to American antique ...
china cabinet6/11/2007
  Q: I have an old china cabinet made buy bernhardt furnature co. pat. no I63I lot no. 739 how can i ...
  A: Cahrles - If you can send me some photos of the cabinet I will be happy to tell you what I can. You ...
Need help identifying style, mfg, year, etc.6/10/2007
  Q: I would like help in identifying an oak bedroom suite that I recently acquired. 3 pieces, bed, ...
  A: Bud – The style of your furniture is classified as “Golden Oak.” That usually is a term that ...
1950's Mahogany Bedroom Furniture6/8/2007
  Q: Greetings Fred. Hope you can help. My parents bought this furniture in the 50's. My sister thinks ...
  A: Susan – I can’t help you with your bedroom set. The style is much too modern for me. My area of ...
Victorian Platform Rocker6/6/2007
  Q: I have a large, Victorian style upholstered platform rocker that has been in the family for many ...
  A: Sally – Your rocker is an Eastlake style platform rocker made in the 1880s. The platform rocker was ...
IDThomasville '60's furniture6/4/2007
  Q: After several attempts to get a response from Thomasville and weeks, upon weeks of trying to ID a ...
  A: Les – I would agree with your definition of the style. It is quite contemporary and has no classical ...
roll top letter file cabinet6/3/2007
  Q: hey: we have an oak globe-wernicke letter file cabinet with a roll top--or maybe it should be called ...
  A: Pamela - I could not find any comparables to use to value your cabinet, especially since it has had ...
Chest of Drawers6/2/2007
  Q: Mr.Taylor, I'm sending pics of a chest of drawers I inherited from my Great-Grandmother to your aol ...
  A: Ken – If you made your estimate about the chest based on some of the information in my book then I ...
globe wernicke& florence knoll??6/1/2007
  Q: i have inherited a 3 stack globe wernicke bookcase with crown and base drawer , with leaded windows ...
  A: Tina – Your Globe-Wernicke bookcase is a nice example. The ones with leaded glass generally sell for ...
Louis Rastetter & Sons5/31/2007
  Q: I have 6 Louis Rastetter & Sons "Solid Kumfort" metal folding chairs - Model # 481; patent # ...
  A: Marvin - Louis Rastetter was a manufacturer of folding chairs and tables in the 1920s through the ...
Dresser5/29/2007
  Q: I am trying to determine the value, if any, of the dresser with mirror (that I will send phopo of to ...
  A: Steve – Your dresser with mirror is a Colonial Revival piece based primarily on the style of George ...
stickley bros. furniture5/28/2007
  Q: In the "Quaint" line of furniture, was there ever the use of barley-twist-like features? I saw a ...
  A: Aggie - The "Quaint" trademark started with Stickley Brothers to identify their early line of ...
Reflectone5/27/2007
  Q: I have a Reflect One Mirror Chair designed by Luther George Simjian. I would to know value and how ...
  A: David - The Reflectone chair was based on another of Simjian's earlier inventions, the Photoreflex ...
rope bed5/26/2007
  Q: Taylor I have an old rope bed which I have had since a little girl (40 some years ago). My ...
  A: Phyllis - Since I don't know where you live I don't know the market in your area so I can't tell you ...
antique or vintage valet stand5/25/2007
  Q: can you tell me if these are available? where can i start looking to buy? how old is their history? ...
  A: Sylvia - As far as I can determine the valet stand as we know it is a 20th century item. There are ...
Duncan Phyfe Table?5/24/2007
  Q: I have read with interest your analysis and evaluations of furniture on the Internet. We have ...
  A: Bob – Duncan Phyfe was a Scottish cabinetmaker who came to America in the late 18th. He eventually ...
marble-top hall table5/18/2007
  Q: My mom has a marble-top(gray) hall table, Victorian, that she believes may be 1800's; we don't know ...
  A: Doug - The names you mentioned do show in any of my cabinetmaker or factory references. If you can ...
3 piece bedroom furniture bought in 19425/17/2007
  Q: my elderly aunt bought this furniture which consists of a dressing table with one full mirror and ...
  A: Ann - If you can send me some photos of the set I will be happy to tell you what I can. You can ...
Tiger Oak Rocker5/16/2007
  Q: Someone donated for our Community Council/Volunteer Fire Department Annual Rummage Sale an antique ...
  A: Martha - Chairs like that were made for only a short period of time - for a good reason. They are ...
info on bookcase/ press5/14/2007
  Q: I HAVE AN OLDER, WELL I CALL IT A BOOKCASE, I'VE BEEN TOLD IT'S A PRESS. TOP AND BOTTOM ARE SEPARATE ...
  A: Joe – From what I can tell from the second set of photos (really bad by the way but better than the ...
Restoration of a Gov. Winthrop Desk5/13/2007
  Q: I noticed your responses several years ago on the same style of desk that I recently inherited. My ...
  A: Diane - The best source for replacement hardware is Van Dykes Restorers at www.vandykes.com. Don't ...
wood rocking chair5/12/2007
  Q: I purchased a wood rocking chair at a yard sale that is in very good condition but appears to be ...
  A: Jeanne - Nichols & Stone calls itself the oldest furniture company in the country having been ...
Types of Oak used during the Golden Oak Period4/27/2007
  Q: I think I have a pretty good handle on the difference between standard sawn oak and quarter sawn ...
  A: Jerry – Good question. As far as the Golden Oak period of American furniture is concerned ...
early 20 th century mahogany chairs4/26/2007
  Q: I have a rocking chair and side chair with rush seats from Mayhew Millwaukee.I think they may be ...
  A: Linda - If you can send me photos of the chairs I will be happy to tell you what I can. You can send ...
hathway chippendale highboy4/25/2007
  Q: I have a chippendale highboy from Hathaway's 51 West 45th Street, New York. I think it's about fifty ...
  A: Alisha - Hathaway is a retailer of furniture, rugs and decorative items, not the manufacturer. If ...
Repair of warping4/24/2007
  Q: If vintage or antique furniture has warped/cracked, how can it be repaired or can it be repaired? I ...
  A: Meredith - Warping and cracking are expected to some degree in real antique furniture because of the ...
Berkey and gay sideboard4/23/2007
  Q: I have a Berkey and gay sideboard,it has flared out legs. Someone was going to burn it,and I took ...
  A: Lea - The round Berkey & Gay emblem that includes the words "TRADE MARK REG. US. PAT. OFF." was ...
Antique Rocking Chair4/22/2007
  Q: I bought this Rocking Chair at an auction in Aberdeen, MS about 8 or 9 years ago. There is a label ...
  A: Lisa – Your rocker is from right around the turn of the century. It is made of birch with a mahogany ...
jamestown table company4/21/2007
  Q: i have a kidney style desk. four drawers on the left 3 on the right and one in the middle. the ...
  A: Natasha - Taylor Made was the trade name for Jamestown Table Co. Formed in the 1880s, by the 1920s ...
Who made this dresser?4/20/2007
  Q: I was given this dresser by a friend, who got it from a friend, who said it was an antique. I've ...
  A: Kristen – Unfortunately the dresser is not an antique. It is a factory made piece from a bedroom set ...
a sofa with 3 chairs4/19/2007
  Q: i was wondering if you could help me with info on the furniture i bought at a garage sale i was told ...
  A: Robin - It sounds like you have part of a parlor set. Charles Locke Eastlake was an English ...
identify a dresser4/18/2007
  Q: We have a old dresser-light wood-scroll on each side of tall beveled mirror-long drawer on ...
  A: Mary - Hard to tell from your description. If you can send me some photos I will be happy to tell ...
gossip bench4/17/2007
  Q: Fred, We found a gossip bench in fairly good shape, and while reupholstering the seat we found some ...
  A: Jim – The Charlotte Chair Co was founded in Charlotte, MI in 1912. The company specialized in ...
Old Rocking Chair4/16/2007
  Q: About 15 years ago I found an old rocking chair sitting on the curb for trash pick-up. I took it ...
  A: Gary -Your chair is an experimental version of the venerable “platform” rocker that came in the last ...
dining set4/14/2007
  Q: the dining set is marked white furniture company.approved in 1926.no mark of wood type.very ...
  A: Fran - In the antique furniture trade, factory made furniture from the 20th century is not yet ...
1800's rocking chair4/13/2007
  Q: I found a rocking chair through a classified ad ....it cost is $42.00 and is described as an 1800's ...
  A: Cynthia - The term "1800s" covers an awful lot of territory. When someone uses that term it usually ...
Birdseye maple Widdicomb Furniture4/12/2007
  Q: I have a large, very-ornately carved birdseye maple vanity with Widdicomb Furniture label in one of ...
  A: Janine - There were two Widdicombs in Grand Rapids in the late 19th and early 20th century. There ...
Antique slant-top secretary desk4/11/2007
  Q: I got this desk from my parents, who got it at a yard sale. I posted it for sale on craigslist for ...
  A: Janet - If you can send me some photos I will be happy to tell what I can. You can send clear photos ...
tiger oak/quarter sawn oak parlor table4/10/2007
  Q: I have recently inherited a parlor table. I think it is from the mid-late 1800's. The problem I ...
  A: Kim - Your lamp table is part of the Golden Oak period of American furniture from 1880 to about ...
Marcel Breuer... Cesca Chairs??4/8/2007
  Q: I just purchased 6 Cesca style chairs at the Salvation Army.. I paid for them and left them there ...
  A: candace - The Cesca chair designed by Marcel Breuer in 1928 was named for his daughter Francesca. ...
Empire Case Goods Bedroom Set4/7/2007
  Q: I'm looking for an appraiser for a Mahogany bedroom set manufactured by the Empire Case Furniture Co ...
  A: Lou - Here are the sites of the three main appraiser organizations in the U.S. Each will help you ...
doernbecher dresser/vanity4/6/2007
  Q: i have had a dresser/vanity for about 30 years. it was given to me by a friend. i just noticed that ...
  A: Shelly - Doernbecher was a mid sized furniture manufacturer in Portland. OR in the late 19th and ...
Duncan Fife Table/Chairs4/5/2007
  Q: Just found this site, and wanted to ask you about my the Duncan Fife table that I have inherited ...
  A: Cheryl – Your dining set is a Colonial Revival reproduction of furniture made in the early 1800s. ...
need some information4/4/2007
  Q: I'm not sure you can help but any information you can give is desired. I have a Davis Vertical ...
  A: Gary - I can't help you with that. My area of expertise is limited to American antique furniture but ...
Grandmothers chair4/3/2007
  Q: I have an old small round back rocking chair that belonged to my grandmother. I just found the tag, ...
  A: Edie - The closest name I can find in Gardner is S. Bent & Bros. if you can send me some photos of ...
Sligh Furniture Co Chairs4/2/2007
  Q: A neighbor brought home two chairs that had been thrown out. He asked me if I thought they were old ...
  A: Burt - There were two important companies named "Sligh" in Grand Rapids, Sligh Furniture Co and ...
Antique Baby Furnature4/1/2007
  Q: I'm not sure if you would classify this as vintage, or antique. It's an old stroller that I had as ...
  A: Melissa - There were a number of "convertible" baby products on the maket in the 1970s. One of the ...
White Furniture Company3/28/2007
  Q: I purchased a dining room suite, a table with four leaves and 8 chairs, the table appears to be ...
  A: Keith – White Furniture Co of Mebane, NC was a middle level maker of mostly Colonial Revival ...
Chippendale Secretary3/27/2007
  Q: I inherited a well-worn Chippendale slant-front secretary from my great-grandmother, so its probably ...
  A: Stephanie – Your slant front desk is made of walnut and walnut veneer and the Depression era is ...
Old rocking chair3/25/2007
  Q: I have purchased an old very used rocking chair that is still in good condition. On the under side ...
  A: Steven - Virginia House is a 20th century manufacturer beginning in the 1920s I believe so the chair ...
maddox secretary3/24/2007
  Q: I have an old secretary that looks identical to pictures of a Maddox secretary (serpentine front) ...
  A: Sue – Maddox usually also had a metal tag on the rear of the piece somewhere. If it isn’t marked ...
Berkey and Gay Hutch3/23/2007
  Q: I bought a hutch and I cannot open it. I need a key to it which is a skeleton. Where can I get a ...
  A: Kathy = Fortunately most American furniture made in the first half of the 20th century operates on a ...
antique table3/22/2007
  Q: i purchased a wonderfully constructed table recently, it appears to be dark oak or black walnut, 48" ...
  A: Bob – Your table desk is made of birch, a widely used hardwood in the early 20th century because it ...
furniture3/13/2007
  Q: what points would you consider when choosing a Victorian or Edwardian chest-of-drawers from a ...
  A: Langa – That’s a very big time stretch – Victorian to Edwardian. That covers 1837 to 1915 and ...
Kroehler Chairs3/12/2007
  Q: I have two large chairs that belonged to my great grandparents in Wisconsin. One of them is a ...
  A: Laura – Peter Kroehler was the manager of the Naperville Lounge Company outside Chicago in the late ...
bennington pine bedroom set3/11/2007
  Q: I purchased this set @ a garage sale. it has 2nightstands,1dresser with hutch,the hutch has a mirror ...
  A: Cassandra - Bennington Pine does not qualify as antique furniture so you basically are dealing with ...
Antique Loveseat3/10/2007
  Q: I have a loveseat that was purchased at an estate sale in the 1970's. The base is cast iron,and the ...
  A: Dedre - While it sounds like a Victorian garden seat, that is not quite enough information. If you ...
Antique Wicker Bassinet3/9/2007
  Q: I have an antique hand made wicke bassinett and diaper stand that is nearly 80 years old. It was ...
  A: Connie – The real key lies in what the bassinet is made of. Early 20th century and all 19th century ...
rocking chair3/8/2007
  Q: I have a rocking chair that I would love to know more about. A relative said it is all hand carved. ...
  A: Chris - I will be happy to take a look at your rocker if you can send me some photos. Send clear ...
old mirror3/7/2007
  Q: I hope you can help me. I have a large wall mirror that I believe is made of mahogany. The back is ...
  A: Malinde - Old Craft does not appear in any of my reference material. However, it sounds like a mid ...
Ed Roos Cedar Chest3/6/2007
  Q: I have come across a Roos Cedar chest (serial #289309)and would like to know what it is worth. It ...
  A: Gary - Cedar chests made by Ed Roos are not rare. The value depends on the model and the condition. ...
Card Table3/4/2007
  Q: I have a 3'x3' card table with a picture of the 1939 New York World's Fair. The picture has the ...
  A: Patty - I am not familiar with 1939 World's Fair collectibles but here is site that discusses that ...
Berkey & Gay sideboard3/2/2007
  Q: I inherited a Berkey & Gay sideboard recently and would like to know the approximate value. The ...
  A: Bill – Your sideboard is from the first two decades of the 20th century. Berkey & Gay used that ...
Virginia House Wagon Style bedroom suite2/28/2007
  Q: I have a bedroom set that is stamped Virginia House Furniture which has been handed down from my ...
  A: Michelle - "Cowboy" furniture was very popular in the late 40s to the early 50s. The market for it ...
Appraisal of my rocking chair2/27/2007
  Q: I have a rocking chair given to me by my Grandmother, who brought it to San Francisco many years ...
  A: Gladys – I couldn’t find any information on Plymouth Rocking Chair. The chair is probably made of ...
old Duncan fife table and chairs2/26/2007
  Q: Fred I have inherited a Duncan fife dining table with a leaf. It has at 4 straight back chairs that ...
  A: Vicki – There were literally millions of sets like you describe made in the United States between ...
Globe Wenicke stack open file draw2/24/2007
  Q: Fred, I'm not sure how to explain what i got but it is a 2 piece file cabinet. it has the stand on ...
  A: Donna - I don't believe I have ever seen a piece exactly as you describe. I will be happy to ...
Drexel New Travis Court2/22/2007
  Q: It's not new , it's from the 1940's I believe. The name of the line in "New Travis Court" stamped on ...
  A: Lisa - I am aware that the New Travis Court line from Drexel came out in the late 1940s. That ...
B. P. John Furniture2/20/2007
  Q: ..I have a six piece dinning room set with chairs and a hutch manufactured according to the ...
  A: Duane - The label refers to the B. P. John Furniture Co of Portland, OR. Bruno Paul John was a ...
bedroom furniture2/17/2007
  Q: I have a complete full bedroom set by White Furniture Co. I am not sure if it is of Mebane, ...
  A: Ginger - The White Furniture Co. located in Mebane, NC is the only major manufacturer to use that ...
Quaint Furniture sideboard2/16/2007
  Q: I have a sideboard that has been passed down to me that was once my great-grandmothers. It has a ...
  A: Brian – Your sideboard is a Mission style sideboard form the Arts & Crafts period of the early 20th ...
Mersman Convertible coffee/card table Old2/15/2007
  Q: My mother has a mersman coffee table that sits low to the floor and can be raised to be a card ...
  A: Tammy - Mersman did not make furniture out of cherry. The tables are made of mahogany veneer with ...
Conant Ball Chairs2/11/2007
  Q: Fred Approximately 20 years ago I purchased at an estate sale, a drop leaf table (stamped ...
  A: Donald – I do not have old Conant-Ball catalogs so I can’t look up the model numbers. If you can ...
furniture2/10/2007
  Q: I have and old wooden file cabinet type piece and an old desk that has been in my barn probably over ...
  A: Myrna – It is inevitable that wooden furniture will expand and contract due to extremes in ...
Desk Identification Information2/9/2007
  Q: I have a desk that I am trying to learn more information about. I have owned it for approximately ...
  A: Kelly - If you can send me some photos of the desk I will be happy to tell you what I can. Send ...
Corbin Cabinet & Lock1/25/2007
  Q: We have a very large silverware box with a Corbin lock, it has two drawersand is fitted with brass ...
  A: Margaret - Corbin was a very common furniture, cabinet and trunk lock in the late 19th and early ...
Old upright player piano1/24/2007
  Q: Can you possibly tell me the age and approximate value of my piano? It is a Needham ...
  A: Daureen – According to my brand new 11th edition of the Pierce Piano Atlas, Needham and ...
John Wanamaker blanket chest1/23/2007
  Q: I purchased a blanket chest at an antique auction about 18 years ago. I only noticed recently that ...
  A: Charlotte – Your blanket chest is very good Colonial Revival reproduction of a Chippendale lowboy or ...
Is this a Shaker rocker?1/21/2007
  Q: I'm trying to figure out if this rocker is an antique. Someone said it might be a Shaker rocker, ...
  A: Stephanie – Your chair is not a Shaker rocker although the finials are representative of spindles ...
Roll Top Desk1/19/2007
  Q: I need information about a rolltop desk/or informatinon on where I can learn about the Globe Desk ...
  A: Donna - The rolltop as we know it was patented in the 1850s by Abner Cutler of Buffalo, NY. His ...
Cupboard? Cabinet?1/18/2007
  Q: I have a piece I got from my father. It is large, approximately 7 ft long by 7 ft high and about 2 ...
  A: Tracy - I got the photo. Thanks. The decorative carvings are traditional American and English ...
american furniture company1/17/2007
  Q: I have a bedroom set which includes a bed, dresser, and vanity with mirror and chair. I was trying ...
  A: Molly - My reference material only lists American Furniture in Batesville and does not give any ...
Gordon piano1/15/2007
  Q: I have a baby grand piano with the Gordon New York on it with a carved # on the underside of 43785. ...
  A: Denise - There were several companies in New York named "Gordon." There was Gordon & Co., Hamilton ...
Maddox Table Co kidney shaped desk1/14/2007
  Q: I have a Maddox kidney shaped, leather top, mahogany desk in excellent condition. I am interested ...
  A: Wayne - I can't get you in the ballpark of value without seeing the desk - too many variables. If ...
piano organ1/13/2007
  Q: i have a small piano organ 4ft x1ft in a wooden casing ,there is no name just pianorgan on the front ...
  A: Pauline - Small organs as you describe, I assume it is a pump organ, were used on the American ...
old recliner1/12/2007
  Q: i bought an old recliner that is still in very good condition, it has a tag on it that ...
  A: Joe - Sorry but my reference material has no information on Maxwell Royal Chair Co. If you can send ...
The Wabash Cabinet Company1/10/2007
  Q: I bought two nightstands that say The Wabash Cabinet Company, est. 1883, Wabash, Indiana on a brass ...
  A: Joanne - Unfortunately none of my reference material has anything about the Wabash Cabinet Company ...
Drexel 160 Genuine Mahogany Vanity and Dresser Set1/7/2007
  Q: I am planning on staining my matching Drexel 7 Drawer vanity and 4 drawer dresser. They say they are ...
  A: Jessica - Since the furniture is 20th century factory made, mass produced furniture you will not ...
antique furniture1/6/2007
  Q: ..i have acquired antique babys room furniture set (8-10 pieces) with tags on the back dated 1923 ...
  A: Anita - Here is the history of the company. http://www.lexington.com/History.cfm Dixie made low to ...
Mount Airy dresser and chest1/5/2007
  Q: I just bought two pieces of furniture from an estate sale before new year. They are a dresser with ...
  A: Yvonne -If you can send me photos of the furniture I will be happy to tell you what I can. What kind ...
Cedar Chest1/4/2007
  Q: I bought a cedar chest at a auction and I'm trying to determine the age and what the origin is. The ...
  A: Jeff - I will be glad to tell you what I can if you can send me some photos of the chest. Send clear ...
side table1/3/2007
  Q: My mother recently passed and left me this table. It is a coffee or side table approx 2'x 3'it has a ...
  A: Wendy - Sounds like an interesting table. Please send the picture to me as a .jpg file at ...
lane waterfall cedar4 chest12/22/2006
  Q: i have a lane waterfall cedar chest still has the original advertisement for the 250.00 moth ...
  A: John - Original literature is always interesting from a historical perspective but in the case of ...
Simmons Dining table & chairs12/21/2006
  Q: I have a dining table with three extra leafs and 6 chairs that were manufactured by the Simmons ...
  A: Mark – There were several “Simmons” companies in business around the end of the 19th century and the ...
BIG HUTCH12/20/2006
  Q: ..can you tell me what this this piece is called? http://www.geocities.com/usepics/HUTCHfront.jpg ...
  A: Deb – Your “BIG HUTCH” is in fact a three door bookcase. This style of bookcase is commonly found in ...
Conant Ball Chair/Rocking Chair Set.12/16/2006
  Q: I have a Conant Ball Chair/Rocking Chair set which I am restoring for my granddaughter. Both have ...
  A: Donald - I do not have a Conant catalog so I can't identify the chairs by number. If you can send me ...
chippendale secretary desk bureau12/13/2006
  Q: I purchased a bureau desk at an estate sale for $14.00 because the bottom drawer was broken and the ...
  A: AGE – the quickest way to tell the age is to look at the side joinery in the large drawers. Most ...
winthrop12/12/2006
  Q: I have a gov. winthrop. You answered some questions previously from another, but not the question I ...
  A: Logan – The “Gov. Winthrop” desk was a trade name invented by the Winthrop Furniture Co. of Boston ...
Virginia House Furniture Co12/11/2006
  Q: I also have a couple of pieces of "Virginia House".. a small chest of drawers and a double bed head ...
  A: Judy - I will be happy to take alook at your furniture and tell you anything I can about it. You can ...
maddox desk12/10/2006
  Q: have an desk, no book shelves. it has an black stamp that reads, maddoxs tables with a bull. there ...
  A: Cheryle – It is highly unlikely that your desk was made in 1803 since the company did not begin ...
Courtade and Sons furniture12/8/2006
  Q: I inherited a bedroom set consisting of a sleigh bed, triple dresser, and chest on chest highboy ...
  A: Ruth - I couldn't find any information either online or in my reference material to Courtade and ...
antique lap desk12/7/2006
  Q: I recently purchased an antique lap desk from an estate sale. I thought it was a one of a kind or ...
  A: Tom – I regret the delay in responding to your inquiry of 12/06. I believe your lap desk or writing ...
Faucett Umphrey Chair Co. Set12/6/2006
  Q: I have a Faucett Umphrey Chair Co. dining set and am looking to learn more about the set. The ...
  A: Gabrielle – I could not find any detailed information on Faucett Umphrey Chair Company other than it ...
Hutch12/5/2006
  Q: I have a hutch that I am trying to find out more about. Style and value. I can send pics
  A: Katy – Your china cabinet is what remains of a bonnet top china cabinet built during the Depression ...
Antique End Table12/4/2006
  Q: I have a small end table with an indention on the top and not sure if it is for an ashtray, plant or ...
  A: Judy - I will be happy to tell you anything I can about your table if you can send me some photos of ...
Globe Wernicke12/3/2006
  Q: I have a 4 piece top, 2 glass cases, and bottom with drawer, bookcase from Globe Wernicke. The ...
  A: Donna - GW bookcases generally sell for around $150 each section not counting the base and crown but ...
rocker12/2/2006
  Q: I have what my mother always called a "Granny rocker" it has no arms is solid oak and built in ...
  A: Mona - I will be happy to tell you anything I can about your rocker if you can send me some photos. ...
White Furniture Company12/1/2006
  Q: Fred, I have recently come across a bedroom suit made by White Furniture Company, Mebane NC the ...
  A: Brad – White of Mebane, as the company was called in later years, closed in 1992. It was formed in ...
wardrobe11/30/2006
  Q: someone told me the wardrobe I have is worth something, I have looked all over the piece for a name ...
  A: Toni - I will be happy to tell you what I can about your wardobe. You can send clear photos to me as ...
age requirements11/28/2006
  Q: At what age does an item become an antique?
  A: Gloria - That is too broad a question for this forum. Thousands of articles, including several of ...
Mersman tables11/27/2006
  Q: I have two end tables that I have just discovered are Mersman and the number is 6651 on each of ...
  A: Sylvia - Mersman tables were made by the millions in the first half of 20th century and a great many ...
HUBBY'S GRANDMOTHER'S KIDNEY SHAPED DESK11/26/2006
  Q: ...I'm looking for any info on a kidney shaped desk; my mother-in-law inherited it from her late ...
  A: Deb - I have not received the website you said you were sending. Send it to me at fmtaylor@aol.com. ...
antique bedroom set11/25/2006
  Q: I recently purchased a bedroom set made from the Speisz furniture company of Hanover Ontario. I is ...
  A: Laura - If you can send me some photos of the set I will be happy to tell you what I can. You can ...
Glove-Wernicke bookcase11/24/2006
  Q: We have a 4 sectional Globe Wernicke bookcase with the crown and base. All hardware and glass is in ...
  A: Wilma - Value depends on what your set is made of and the style. I do not have a Globe catalog so I ...
Estimated Value11/22/2006
  Q: I have a mission Oak Dining room table that has the leaves that pull out from underneath, chairs, ...
  A: Charlie – I have never seen a Mission oak “draw” table as you describe. That form developed in the ...
Sheboygan Manufacturing Company Chairs11/20/2006
  Q: Fred, A friend recently gave me three chairs. There are labels on the chairs that say Sheboygan ...
  A: Katie - The best reference for chairs of that period is "American Wooden Chairs 1895-1908" by Tina ...
Virginia House Rocking Chair11/19/2006
  Q: I just purchased a double wide rocking chair that is supposedly an antique. I was wondering if you ...
  A: Belen - Just so you know - a piece of furniture made in 1926 is not considered to be antique by most ...
Stickley Brothers Quaint Furniture of Grand Rapids11/18/2006
  Q: I have to things that the stickley brothers have made when they were still around... they are a ...
  A: Stephanie - Stickley Brothers made a variety of "Quaint" furniture. The name became their trademark ...
Jamestown table company desk11/17/2006
  Q: I was hoping you could help shed some light on this desk I have. Mainly wondering how old it is and ...
  A: Shanna – I could not see very much of the desk with the chair in front and all the clutter on top. ...
Bedroom Set11/16/2006
  Q: This bedroom set once belonged to my great grandfather, however, this is all that I know about it. ...
  A: Nancy - Your bedroom set is part of the Golden Oak period of American furniture that lasted from ...
chairs S.Bent11/15/2006
  Q: I found 2 chairs at my mother in-laws house. 1. captian or barrel chair. It has bowed arms and steel ...
  A: Karen – S. Bent & brothers was one of the famous furniture making companies in Gardner, MASS along ...
Cleaning old cedar chest11/14/2006
  Q: I have just purchased an old Lane cedar chest. I have contacted Lane to find out the date. My ...
  A: Ava - The best way to clean the interior of a cedar chest is with repeated rinsings with clear ...
Globe Wernicke sectional bookcase11/13/2006
  Q: I recently purchased a Globe Wernicke Sectional bookcase at an estate sale and was searching for ...
  A: Ken - The numbering system got a little confusing in the later years. I find it works better to rely ...
furniture - what the heck is it?11/9/2006
  Q: no markings anywhere. approx. 48" high at back, slopes down to 40" in front, approx. 48" wide and ...
  A: Lorri - It sounds more like an architect's or draftsman's desk than a schoolmaster's at 48in wide. ...
Otto Dukir Desk.11/6/2006
  Q: I recently purchased a number of pieces of furniture from a post office auction near savannah, Ga, ...
  A: Jesse –I could find no information on Otto Dukir. The laminate on the top was probably a type of ...
The Marble and Shattuck Chair Company11/5/2006
  Q: The Marble and Shatteck Chair Company, I have two of these chairs. The first one I beleive is a ...
  A: Chuck – Barzilla L. Marble (B. L.) opened a chair company at age 34 in 1885 in partnership with A. ...
Old furniture repair11/3/2006
  Q: I am a retired woodshop teacher now doing woodworking on my own. People often bring me old chairs ...
  A: Mike – This subject has been debated for years among professionals and non-professionals. Most true ...
Globe-Wernicke Bookcase11/2/2006
  Q: Sir, I have a 5 section Globe-Wernicke bookcase (complete with top and bottom sections). The 2 ...
  A: Colin – Most of the makers of stacking bookcases, “elastic” bookcases as they were called, made a ...
Mysterious Handkerchief Chair11/1/2006
  Q: Taylor: I am presently working for a museum doing research and and updating of files on the many ...
  A: Melody - I will be happy to help you with the mysterious chair if I can. Please send photos as .jpg ...
Davenport?10/31/2006
  Q: The only thing I know about this, is that my Mother-in-law purchased it at auction about 30 years ...
  A: Lora – Your davenport was made by Kroehler Manufacturing in Chicago. Peter Kroehler became one of ...
Globe-Wernicke book case10/30/2006
  Q: I have a 3 piece Globe-Wernicke stacking book case in good condition with all original parts and ...
  A: Robin - Grade 299 is quarter cut oak, also called "tiger oak." Age can be determined primarily by ...
3 pc full bedroom suite10/27/2006
  Q: in small drawer is a label that says Taylors You be the Judge 26&28 W. Wash. ST.Indianapolis we ...
  A: Brenda - I could find no information at all on a manufacturer in Indianapolis named Taylor or ...
P.Derby and co.10/26/2006
  Q: Just acquired vintage porch style rockin chair. tagged P. Derby and co. Can you tell me what years ...
  A: Jimmy - P. Derby & Co was in Gardner, Mass around the turn of the century, competing with ...
Antique "Plastic" pulls on chest10/25/2006
  Q: Taylor: I have a 5-drawer mahogany chest that, according to family legend, came to Iowa on a ...
  A: Kristi – Your chest of drawers is made of cherry and was made around the middle of the 19th century. ...
date of secretary from maddox table10/24/2006
  Q: I have a secretary from maddox tables jamestown, new york, color red mail, style 927 1/2, glass ...
  A: John - I do not have a Maddox catalog so I cannot tell when a particular model was made. If you can ...
Oak Casket Stand10/12/2006
  Q: In Canada I bought a salvage item that is a oak casket holder with modest trim. It folds up and has ...
  A: Shornfeld - Sorry but I can't help you with that one. My aera of expertise is limited to American ...
Macey Bookcase10/11/2006
  Q: I've read some of your previous answers re: barrister style bookcases. We've just inherited a 4 ...
  A: Dale – Macey used that emblem for the entire period of 1908-1940 so that doesn’t help us much. The ...
life time chair10/10/2006
  Q: can you tell me anything about this chair?
  A: Cathy – “Lifetime” was a trademark of the Grand Rapids Bookcase & Chair Co. The original line of ...
John Wanamaker10/9/2006
  Q: I recently looked at a bookcase with the Wanamaker label on it. The bookcase is 52inches long and ...
  A: Regina - Sounds like a nice cabinet. The North Wind motif puts the cabinet just about the right ...
Mersman Coffee Tables10/8/2006
  Q: I have aquired a set of 4 Mersman Coffee Tables that has a triangle upside down imprinted inside is ...
  A: Nikki –Mersman tables were made by the millions in the first half of 20th century and a great many ...
Reclining chair10/7/2006
  Q: my parents found this chair walled up in their house in West Virginia. No one really knows how long ...
  A: Aletha – Your chair is called an “invalid’s chair.” It was used in hospitals as a place for ...
Value of antique bedroom set10/6/2006
  Q: I currently have an antique bedroom set that includes a single bed with headboard and footboard, ...
  A: Marteen – Mandel Brothers was a department store in Chicago. It was founded in 1855 by two German ...
Question on matching old oak furniture10/5/2006
  Q: My question is asking for advice on how to match up old antique pieces. I have 2 old oak dressers ...
  A: Kim – One of your “dressers”, the one with the two small drawers and the door, is actually a dry ...
Small Cabnet10/4/2006
  Q: I have a small Cabinet with what I believe is a walnut burl wood top and doors. The inside is lined ...
  A: William –The wood on the top of your cabinet is burl walnut veneer laid in a “bookmatch” pattern ...
Ice box10/3/2006
  Q: I have found an ice box and have been unable to find out anything about it. Im planning to restore ...
  A: Bill - I can't help you with the ice box. If you can find a brand name you need to search the ...
Identification of furniture10/2/2006
  Q: I’m trying to learn more about a 7 piece bedroom suite that belonged to my great grandparents. I ...
  A: Herb – The style of your bedroom set is not French Provincial. French provincial has cabriole legs, ...
china cabinet?9/29/2006
  Q: i have a china cabinet made by broyhill preimer sculptra the number on it is6095-62-1-10961 any ...
  A: Brenda - The Broyhill Premier Sculptra series of furniture is classified as "Mid-century modern." My ...
Lycoming furniture closet9/28/2006
  Q: I have found in the garage a Lycoming funr Co. closet about 6' tall 2' wide made in 1945 in ...
  A: Paula - Furniture and accessories made in 1945 are not considered antique and have little ...
Maddox Desk9/27/2006
  Q: Mr. Taylor: I have a serpentine slant front desk made by Maddox Reproduction Furniture. It is very ...
  A: Paul – There was a general movement in American furniture after World War II toward lighter ...
triple dresser stamped-Dixie9/26/2006
  Q: I recently purchased a triple dresser-solid wood- stamped inside of drawer- Dixie. Are there any ...
  A: Delores - The numbers on the back are style, model, color, etc. They will not tell you the date. If ...
wooden high chair9/21/2006
  Q: I have a wooden high chair that i received from my great grandmother..it was made by phoenix chair ...
  A: I'll be happy to take a look at your high chair and do some research on it if you can send me some ...
china closet9/20/2006
  Q: I will send you a pic of a old china closet . I would like to know the vaule thank you,TOM
  A: Tom, your china cabinet is made of quarter cut oak and is part of the Golden Oak period of American ...
Irwin/pendleton table9/19/2006
  Q: I aquired a small oval table covered in leather on top with a claw footed pedestal. The plaque ...
  A: Teresa - Pendleton was a product line introduced by Irwin in 1940. It was designed for the ...
Refinishing Worm Eaten Chestnut9/18/2006
  Q: I have a Worm Eaten Chestnut Table and bench set that my grandfather made from floor boards in his ...
  A: Matt - Since the original finish is flaking off it is a film finish such as varnish or shellac. It ...
Brandt Mahogany Drop leaf dining table #1559/17/2006
  Q: I inherited a Brandt Mahogany Drop leaf dining room table with the # 155 Mahogany Association, ...
  A: Edwards - Brandt was an uncle of the Stickley brothers. In fact when Charles Stickley left the ...
bedroom set9/16/2006
  Q: I have an old bedroom set consisting of bed, 2-piece dresser, and mirrored vanity. I've been ...
  A: Jenny – Your bedroom set was made in the mid to late 1920s. You can see a very similar set in ...
8 SIDED COFFEE TABLE9/15/2006
  Q: MY AUNT RECENTLY GAVE ME & MY WIFE THIS TABLE.I WAS WONDERING IF IT IS AN ANTIQUE & ABOUT WHAT IT'S ...
  A: Mark - The easy answer is that the table is not antique for two reasons. The low table we call a ...
Antique Breakfront9/14/2006
  Q: I found your e-mail address on allexperts.com. I have also e-mailed this to your aol address. I ...
  A: Louanne - Your breakfront is more likely a combination bookcase and china cabinet or display ...
Lycoming Furniture9/13/2006
  Q: I found a desk in a garage that "looks antique". The internet searches have not been helpful in ...
  A: Christina - I do not have any specific information about Lycoming. Your oak desk is a commercial ...
Age of furniture?9/12/2006
  Q: I have a piece of furniture (maybe a dresser..not sure) that has a marble top, ring pull hardware ...
  A: Frankie - The drawer construction is the key. The type of joinery which uses the "scallop and peg" ...
Maddox Mahogany Secretary9/4/2006
  Q: I recently purchased a Maddox secretary at an estate sale. It has the Maddox tag and some numbers ...
  A: Barbara - The numbers are factory codes that indicate style, color, finish, assembly line, shift ...
antique dining room suite9/3/2006
  Q: We have an antique dining room suite that we are trying to research. There are no markings as to ...
  A: Kim - If the set is Jacobean in style it is unlikely that it is from the late 1800s - early 1900s. ...
cadillac cabinet company table/desk9/2/2006
  Q: Regarding your anser to Richard on 3-23-2004.It sounds like I have the same kind of desk/table that ...
  A: Joanne - Cadillac made their table desks for a number of years in various styles and in various ...
end tables8/30/2006
  Q: I have aquired 3 matching end tables by Mersman. They are stamped 31-25, 31-5, and 31-2. One is ...
  A: Christine - Mersman's heyday was in the 1920s and 1930s. Most of their tables are from that period. ...
Antique Furniture8/29/2006
  Q: Can you tell me anything about this antique? I'm unable to locate any information about the maker ...
  A: Barb – Your piece is an oak buffet or server from just after the turn of the century. The style was ...
Cutler desks8/28/2006
  Q: We purchased this desk at a local Salvation Army for a mere $69.99! We started to look into it when ...
  A: Jeffrey - Abner Cutler was a cabinetmaker in Buffalo, NY beginning in 1829. In 1850 he patented ...
Identifying a Drexel Furniture Line8/26/2006
  Q: My great-grandmother's estate items include a six piece bedroom set and a buffet/sideboard. All are ...
  A: Mia - I do not know of any sources such as you mention. If you can send me some photos of the ...
information on oak kitchen table8/25/2006
  Q: Attached are three photos of an old American oak kitchen table. Can you please tell me the style ...
  A: Your oak table is no particular style that I can identify. It could even be custom made. Without a ...
Ed Roos Co of Forest Park8/24/2006
  Q: Can you tell me when it was made and approximate value? I don't know much about the chest. It was a ...
  A: Melissa - That chest was made in the late 1920s or early 1930s. The style is Jacobean which was very ...
Chest of drawers8/23/2006
  Q: I purshased a chest of drawers 2 years ago from a yard sale. It has 6 drawers total the top one is ...
  A: Tracy - The style of decoration you describe, swags etc., is from the Federal period of the first ...
grand rapids chair company8/22/2006
  Q: I have a heavy large wooden dining room set. It has a label that says grand rapids chair company. ...
  A: Kim - Grand Rapids Chair Co was formed in 1872 making chairs and selling lumber. By 1878 they had ...
Berkey & Gay dresser8/20/2006
  Q: I have a Berkey & Gay dresser that belonged to my Mother, born in Indiana in 1919. She told me that ...
  A: Maureen - You have to start over by stripping the piece completely. Use a semi paste stripper, rinse ...
Furniture markings8/19/2006
  Q: Where can I find pictures of antique furniture makers marks? I enjoy going to estate auctions and ...
  A: Tracy – The best reference I have found for the period in which you are interested is “American ...
louis rastertter furniture8/18/2006
  Q: MY AUNT HAS A SET OF 4 CHAIRS AND A TABLE IN RED PAINTED ORIENTAL DESIGN BLACK LEATHER TOP AND SEATS ...
  A: Nancy - Rastetter was a manufacturer of folding chairs and tables in the 1920s through the 1940s in ...
Maddox Desk8/17/2006
  Q: I have a mahogany desk that I am trying to determine the value of. It has a large center drawer, ...
  A: The Mohogany Association label was used to certify that the wood in the desk is genuine mahogany and ...
antique wicker rocker8/16/2006
  Q: I have just bought an old wicker and wood rocker for $140.00. I was wondering if you knew anything ...
  A: Karri - I think perhaps you have a rocker with cane panels rather than wicker. If you can send me ...
Berkey and Gay Bedroom Set8/15/2006
  Q: I have a Berkey and Gay bedroom set consisting of a tall 4 drawer dresser (the 2nd drawer pulls out ...
  A: Tanna - Most of the Berkey & Gay furniture that is painted with original factory paint is from the ...
Emerson piano8/13/2006
  Q: I have an Emerson piano with serial number 92285 and then a big 32 emblazoned in it. It is played ...
  A: Tom - According to the Pierce Piano Atlas your piano was made in late 1908 so the piano is just ...
Antique American rocker8/12/2006
  Q: It has a tooled circular leather seat depicting a cherub, is spindle backed and dark brown wood. ...
  A: Sandra – That does appear to be an American made rocker. The overall style is of course that of a ...
Flints Fine Furniture8/11/2006
  Q: I recently purchased a table and 4 chair set the brass plate says Flints Fine Furniture Flint & ...
  A: Amy - Flint's Fine Furniture was the retailer who survived after George C. Flint died and Robert J. ...
Berkey Gay - Knoleworth8/7/2006
  Q: I was hoping you could tell me about a table/desk that has been in my family for as long as I can ...
  A: Jana – That style label was used by Berkey & Gay around 1905 before it switched to the round brass ...
High chair8/4/2006
  Q: I have a High chair maid by sheboygan chair company,The tag saids apple green # 3000,could you tell ...
  A: Ricky - Sheboygan Chair Co operated from 1888 to 1952. I do not have company catalogs so I can't ...
Antique Emerson Upright Piano8/3/2006
  Q: My husband and I recently purchased a Emerson upright piano. It is made of tiger oak. The serial ...
  A: Rebecca - According to the Pierce Piano Atlas, that serial number was used in 1904. That fits nicely ...
how to tell if this is an antique8/1/2006
  Q: the truth is i know almost nothing about antiques but i would love to learn more so i hope i am able ...
  A: Jennifer - The fact that the piece of furniture has a Wanamaker label means that it is not “antique” ...
no subject7/31/2006
  Q: I recently inherited some furniture. One piece seemed very interesting. It is a Berkey and Gay ...
  A: Bill – The wood from the Constitution was sold to Berkey & Gay in 1929. Over the next two years ...
antique chair7/29/2006
  Q: I found a chair near a dumpster with a tag that was labled F. H. Conants Sons, Inc. Number H53 or ...
  A: Larry - I do not have a catalog for F.H. Conant's sons. If you can send me some photos of the chair ...
1896 wernicke elastic bookcase7/28/2006
  Q: I have come across a bookcase that my grandmothers dad had. It has markings on only one section. It ...
  A: Taylor – Otto Wernicke established his business in Minneapolis in 1893 and moved to Grand Rapids in ...
How old7/27/2006
  Q: I found a Cavalier ceder trunk and I would like to know how old it is and where can I get some ...
  A: Christina - Here are a couple of sites with lots of info on Cavalier. ...
Grandma's sofa7/26/2006
  Q: I have an old sofa that used to belong to my grandmother. I no longer have room for it and want to ...
  A: Kate – Your grandmother’s couch appears to be made of walnut. The front edge is walnut veneer. The ...
Maddox Tables7/25/2006
  Q: We have a china cabinet made by Maddox Table Co of Jamestown NY Pattern number 211, finish is ...
  A: Gordon – Maddox Table was in business from 1898 to 1985 and made thousands of pieces as you ...
How old is this?7/24/2006
  Q: I was wondering if you could tell me how old this is?
  A: Brenda – Your nicely done small china cabinet is made of oak, some of it quarter cut. It is very ...
Berkey & Gay7/23/2006
  Q: I just purchased a Berkey& Gay dresser(high boy) with a short,long decorative piece that sets on ...
  A: Marcy - That is a very unusual label for Berkey & Gay. I would need to see the piece in order to ...
unidentified antique dresser7/22/2006
  Q: This dresser had been in my family for at least three generations. I have it because my mother was ...
  A: Annie – Sorry for the delay in responding to your original inquiry. Your dresser is made of solid ...
Lane end tables7/20/2006
  Q: I have a pair of Lane end tables , style # 0908-07 ,serial # 951140. Are they of any particular ...
  A: Francine - I do not have Lane catalogs so I am not familiar with your tables. However, all Lane ...
Antique Furniture Company7/19/2006
  Q: I have a bedroom suit that I am trying to determine the company that made it. There is a label in ...
  A: Jennifer - That is probably Sligh Furniture of Grand Rapids or it could be Charles R. Sligh Co, also ...
Antique reclining folding chair7/18/2006
  Q: My wife and I recently purchased an antique reclining and folding chair from an auction. At the time ...
  A: William – That’s a charming little story about the stagecoach. It’s like “value added” to your ...
Scholle's end tables7/15/2006
  Q: I have matching end tables that have a main base table and also have a smaller upper table that has ...
  A: Claire - Scholle's, originally Wirts and Scholle's, was formed in 1879 in Chicago and was in ...
Thomlinson dressing table price tag7/14/2006
  Q: Mr. Taylor, just now getting around to asking a sort of follow up question regarding your last reply ...
  A: Michael - I am not in a positon to say. I have seen only one other Tomlinson piece to judge by. I ...
Sewing Rocking Chair7/13/2006
  Q: Good Evening Fred: You answered a question recently about a wooden rocking chair that has a drawer ...
  A: Jackie - I can't say without seeing the chair. There were many variations of the form and a great ...
Buffet7/12/2006
  Q: I have a buffet made by Grand Rapids Furniture co. I purchased it in 1997, and refinished it ( I ...
  A: Mary Ellen - I will be happy to tell you what I can about the buffet. Send clear photos to me as ...
Double sided island?7/11/2006
  Q: I have a piece of furniture that is double sided. It has 4 small drawers on one end that slide ...
  A: Cahrlene - That appears to be some sort of commercial kitchen cart or server. It is a fairly modern ...
Folding antique rocker7/8/2006
  Q: My Mom had an old rocker which my Sister's husband wanted when Mom passed away. I recently saw one ...
  A: Lynn - Small armless rockers like that are variously called sewing rockers, nursing rockers or ...
Antique oak dining chairs7/7/2006
  Q: I purchased a set of six beautiful antique pressed back dining chairs recently. They have a capital ...
  A: Laurel - Larkin marked their furniture with paper labels. I have never seen a Larkin piece marked ...
Stickley rocker7/6/2006
  Q: I have had this old rocker in storage for several years, it is believed to have belonged to my great ...
  A: Cara – Stickley Brothers was owned and operated by two of Gustave Stickley’s brothers, Albert and ...
Touch Up Hitchcock Furniture7/5/2006
  Q: What type (manufacturer, color, finish, etc.) of paint should I use to touch up the black paint on ...
  A: MK - The piant used on Hitchcock repros in the 1960s was opaque black lacquer. You need to use a ...
Maddox Tables Secretarial7/1/2006
  Q: I am trying to find some information on a secretarial made by Maddox Tables of Jamestown, N.Y. ...
  A: Ladycady – Here is the history of Maddox Tables. ...
Antique furniture refinishing.6/29/2006
  Q: I have an antique Ducan Fife dinning table with folding, drop-in leaf and four chairs. I am ...
  A: Gary – Your set is not “antique” as it’s usually defined. So called “Duncan Phyfe” dining sets are ...
wallace furniture company6/28/2006
  Q: I have a dining table with 6 chairs, a sideboard, and a lowboy made by the Wallace Furniture ...
  A: Lisa – Wallace Upholstering and Grand Rapids Upholstering were merged with Berkey & Gay in 1923 to ...
Governor Winthrop secretary desk6/26/2006
  Q: I inherited a Mahoghany slant top secretary desk with glass front doors opening to 3 shelves with ...
  A: Anne - If you can send me photos of the bookcase/secretary I will be happy to give you any ...
Wanamaker Van. Dresser6/23/2006
  Q: I bought this piece yesterday at an estate sale. The label reads, 2004 van. dresser John Wanamaker ...
  A: Ida – Many people think John Wanamaker was furniture maker or company but it was a major, upscale ...
platform wicker rocking chair6/22/2006
  Q: I have a wicker highback rocking chair, from what i gathered from information it is victorian. The ...
  A: Rick - Your wicker platform rocker is Victorian but it came very late in the period, from the 1880s ...
Information on Padouk bedroom set6/21/2006
  Q: I recently acquired a bedroom set and have not been able to find any info on it. It was thought to ...
  A: Mary Ann – The style of the set is Federal with the urn finials and straight lines. It is part of ...
Thomlinson of High Point6/20/2006
  Q: Mr. Taylor: I'm considering purchasing a dressing table priced at $400.00. It has an attached mirror ...
  A: Michael – Tomlinson Chair Manufacturing Co was formed in High Point, NC in 1900 by S. H. Tomlinson. ...
identifing old couch6/19/2006
  Q: I inherited this couch from my elderly neighbors family they briefly said it may be worth something, ...
  A: Karen – The couch is a Queen Anne style Colonial Revival reproduction from the 1940s or maybe even ...
age of headboard/footboard6/18/2006
  Q: Can you decipher this manufacturers stamp on the back of a headboard I recently bought? I realize ...
  A: Cathleen - Those letters and numbers are for internal inventory use at the factory. They denote ...
Tigger oak dinning set6/17/2006
  Q: I have just bought a tigger oak dinning set and I have searched all over trying to find any info on ...
  A: Gerry – Your quarter cut (tiger eye) oak dining room set is from the early 1920s. The use of the ...
Antiques6/16/2006
  Q: I know this is a novice question, but exactly how long does it take for something to be considered ...
  A: Sergio - That question can't be answered in this Forum. Thousands of articles have been written on ...
old desk6/15/2006
  Q: I have an old drop down writing desk that came from my husbands grandfather. It has pigon holes and ...
  A: Barbara - Your desk was made of quarter cut white oak veneer around the time just before World War ...
indentify dresser/vanity?6/14/2006
  Q: I have this dresser/vanity and don't have a clue as to its origin, make or if it can be called a ...
  A: Karen – The normal distinction between a dresser and a vanity is that one normally sits at a vanity ...
F.H.Contant Living Room Set6/13/2006
  Q: My Mom has a 5 piece living room set with original labels identifing it as F.H.Contant & Sons. She ...
  A: Suzanne - There were no photos attached. If you can send photos to me as .jpg files at ...
an old dresser6/13/2006
  Q: I bought two dressers off of a friend of mine when his mother passed away. I've had them for about ...
  A: Kathryn – The two chests of drawers are made of solid cherry. They are in traditional styling known ...
antique iron bed6/11/2006
  Q: I have just purchased an antique iron bed frame in very good condition. It is painted a rather ...
  A: Sarah - That depends on your skill level and the condition of the bed. If the existing paint is in ...
unusual rocking chair6/11/2006
  Q: I asked another expert and she referred me to you . I have a rocking chair that I am trying to get ...
  A: Michelle – Your rocker of course is called a sewing rocker, the general name for low, armless ...
Ed Roos Cedar Chest6/8/2006
  Q: I have an Ed Roos cedar chest. On the inside of the lid in the left upper corner there is a stamp ...
  A: Shannon - Ed Roos was a very famous name in the cedar chest industry in the first half of the 20th ...
bedroom set6/6/2006
  Q: We have a birdseye maple bed frame and armoire that we bought about 20 years ago in Texas. It has ...
  A: June – That is some powerful furniture! I believe the two pieces pre-date the 1912 newspaper by at ...
Berkley & Gay Birds Eye Maple Bedroom set6/5/2006
  Q: Aloha Fred, I'd like to know more about this Berkley & Gay birds eye maple bedroom set. It includes ...
  A: Aloha Holly – That is a very nice set. It was made in Grand Rapids in the late 1920s to very early ...
Globe-Wernicke oak file cabinet & Cadillac Cabinet oak desk6/3/2006
  Q: I have : a two-drawer stackable file that have an inked stamp on the inside railing that reads The ...
  A: Sac - Globe -Wernicke cabinets in good condition - with all lables, hardware, etc - sell at auction ...
chairs5/31/2006
  Q: These chairs were in my parents garage when I was growing up. I'm 59 now and have these chairs. ...
  A: Dan - These chairs are known as "ice cream chairs" or "ice cream parlor chairs." The twisted metal ...
Rocking Chair repair5/30/2006
  Q: I have had wood workers reglue it. But, in short order, if someone sits in it and rocks eventually ...
  A: Peggy - I have writen an article on that specific subject. I will be happy to send it to you along ...
berkey & gay walnut table5/29/2006
  Q: I have an opportunity to buy this table for $500. It has a round stamped seal in the wood. It is ...
  A: No way to tell without seeing the table. It depends on age, size and condition. If you can tell me ...
Mersman Coffee Table5/26/2006
  Q: It has the the engravement of Mersman 7317 on the bottom of the table. The wood looks mohagany and ...
  A: Ana - Mersman tables are the one of the most frequently found items from the Depression era and just ...
Set of 6 antique dining chairs5/24/2006
  Q: Mr. Taylor: I have inherited a set of six antique dining chairs and I believe them to be American. ...
  A: Robert – Your chairs are American. They are “country” style kitchen chairs, made almost continuously ...
Origin of chifforobe5/23/2006
  Q: Taylor I've been assigned the task of restoring a very sentimental (to us) piece of furniture that ...
  A: Pete – Your oak chifferobe was made just after the turn of the century, around 1910 or so. It was ...
Table5/23/2006
  Q: About 15 years ago, I bought two matching small, round tables at an Estate auction after the elderly ...
  A: Delores - It's impossible to say for sure without seeing the tables but they probably are Colonial ...
Empire of Victorian5/17/2006
  Q: Fred, I have a sofa and was told it was built late 1800's and was Empire style. It is almost ...
  A: Noell – First some clarification. There is no “Victorian” style per se. The Victorian era was a ...
Powder Post Beet;le in Chaise5/15/2006
  Q: I brought, at auction, a double-bed (fold-out) chasie. It looks like a normal antique chaise with a ...
  A: Mary - The only choice is to treat it or abandon it. You just can't afford to risk the infestation ...
Art Deco Style Kitchen Table5/13/2006
  Q: I have a dinette set that is what I believe is art deco style. It was my great grandmothers and I ...
  A: Beth – Most of the sets as you describe were made after WWII in the 1950s. Formica and vinyl were ...
chinoiserie secretary with maddox tables, jamestown on back5/12/2006
  Q: I have a chinoiserie secretary with Maddox Tables, 1114, Jamestown, NY on back. Also says MadOX (I ...
  A: Carol - Maddox was a maker of medium and high quality Colonial Revival furniture in Jamestown. They ...
Old dresser5/9/2006
  Q: I just recently purchased an old dresser from an antique store in the Atlanta, GA area. It is ...
  A: 05/09/06 Jenny – Your dresser is in the Eastlake style, named after the English designer Charles ...
virginia house5/8/2006
  Q: I just found a virginia house, I think pine wood chest with a slide out writing board ( it may be a ...
  A: Anita - If you can send me some photos I will be happy to tell you what I can. Send photos as .jpg ...
Berkey & Gay Bedroom Suite5/7/2006
  Q: I have a Bedroom set that looks like it is made of walnut veneer..a bed, dresser w/mirror, dresser, ...
  A: Diane - A great deal of the value depends on the condition. Berkey & Gay is well made furniture, ...
windsor chair5/5/2006
  Q: I have a small windsor chair with a rush seat. On the bottom, there is a label, indicting the ...
  A: Patty - Without knowing the age of the chair it is impossible to estimate a value. Nichols & Stone ...
Spinning Wheel4/29/2006
  Q: Though a bit beat up it has some interesting details and carvings that I have not seen on other ...
  A: Tom - I am afraid I am poorly informed on the subject of spinning wheels. However, I do know that ...
info on dresser4/28/2006
  Q: I have a dresser that has been passed down throught generations ,I am refinishing it and i am ...
  A: Zach - Your chest of drawers is a factory made piece from the Depression era, 1920s - 1930s or so. ...
Anitque Sofa Chair4/27/2006
  Q: Fred i was wondering if you know the origin of this antiqe sofa chair.I bought a couple years ago ...
  A: Melanie - Thanks for the photos you sent. I will be happy to help you with the chair but I need to ...
What style is my desk?4/26/2006
  Q: I was given this desk from a lady in my church. I just would like to know approximate age, style ...
  A: Abbie – Your desk may in fact be a vanity. Look on the backside to see if there are any holes that ...
Dressing Table/Vanity style, time line, history?4/24/2006
  Q: This old/antique vanity was a gift to me from an elderly woman about 30 years ago. I've never been ...
  A: Debbie – Your vanity is part of the Colonial Revival, the part of American furniture that uses ...
Children's desk with attached chair4/23/2006
  Q: A friend of mine recently found a child's school desk with attached chair. The inscription on the ...
  A: Ruth - Langslow Fowler was an early maker of Arts and Crafts furniture in Rochester. They competed ...
Bedroom furniture4/22/2006
  Q: I thought I sent this message two days ago, but don't see it in my sent box, so I apologize if you ...
  A: Patricia - Your question was posted on the board on 4/20 and my response was posted the same day. It ...
mahogany dining suite4/21/2006
  Q: I have been willed a dinig room suite bought in 1952. The suite has Century stamped inside the ...
  A: Lisa - Century Furniture Co was founded in Grand Rapids, MI in 1900 and ceased operation in 1942. In ...
I cannot seem to determine what period a dining set is from or what possible wood veneer it is4/19/2006
  Q: I was thinking of selling this set, its not in great shape and needs some TLC. But in order to ...
  A: Heidi –Your set is indeed American. It was factory made in the late 1920s to very early 1930s. The ...
Arts & Crafts style rocker4/18/2006
  Q: I have a rocker frame (missing all fabric - long story)and I was wondering if you could give me any ...
  A: Christi - Your Mission rocker is from the early 20th century, towards the end of the Arts and ...
B P John dinette table4/16/2006
  Q: My grandma is elderly and doesnt have any use for her large dining room table and 6 chairs and I ...
  A: Diane - I am sure you found out that B.P. John was primarily a 20th century furniture manufacturer ...
antiques??4/14/2006
  Q: i was given two night tables. They are made by Maddox Table co. Stampings 7105-292-9594 aa-h-625c. ...
  A: Monica - Since the tables were made in 1964 they do not qualify as antiques. They are most likely ...
Value of China Cabinet4/12/2006
  Q: I have a china cabinet that my grandmother gave to me but she picked it up at a flea market several ...
  A: Joyce - Flint's Fine Furniture was the retail successor to the fantastic cabinetmaker R.J. Horner. ...
Value of an antique chair4/1/2006
  Q: I have a straight back chair with an upholstered seat. The back of the chair is very unusual ...
  A: Joyce - I will be happy to give you any information I can on your chair but in order to give you the ...
small cabinet3/29/2006
  Q: This cabinet is one of the first pieces of furniture I can remember at my grandmothers house. It is ...
  A: Rick – Your cabinet is a washstand, also sometimes called dry sink, from the late 19th century. It ...
Roos Cedar Chest3/28/2006
  Q: We have an Edward Roos cedar chest, highly carved, given as a wedding present to my mother in 1929. ...
  A: Jan - The value depends a great deal on condition. Most Roos chests of the period in good condition ...
I would appreciate any information...3/26/2006
  Q: I would appreciate any information you can give me on a desk we purchased. We have not changed ...
  A: Sharon - I got the one photo just fine. Thanks. It appears that you have the shell of the king of ...
Thomasville Cherry Breakfront China Cabinet ca19193/25/2006
  Q: I recently purchased a Thomasville China Cabinet at a consignment store. It has the original tag on ...
  A: Roy - I can't give you a value without seeing the piece to determine style, wood, construction etc. ...
Age and Style of a Chest of Drawers3/23/2006
  Q: Mr. Taylor: I have been looking online for information on the Scholle Furniture Co. of Chicago, and ...
  A: Annette – Plywood was patented in the US first in 1865 but did not come into widespread use in ...
Antique mohair loveseat and chair3/22/2006
  Q: Fred, I am wondering if you can give me any information about age, maker, etc. and also an ...
  A: Emily – Your sofa and chair are from the 1930s. You can see similar furniture in “Furniture of the ...
Berkey & Gay Furniture3/20/2006
  Q: I an curious if there is any value in a Berkey & gay 3-pc. dining room set? I will get pictures in ...
  A: Keith - The value of the Berkey & Gay set will depend on the style and the condition. The round ...
Alder-Royal Card Table3/19/2006
  Q: I have aquired a vintage solid wood card table. It is stamped: "Genuine Alder-Royal Product ...
  A: Jeffery - That's a very nice table with all the different veneers on the top. It looks like walnut, ...
Antique Rocker3/15/2006
  Q: Taylor, I am sending you several pictures of a rocking chair that was aquired by my Step-father at ...
  A: Candice – Your chair was part of the Golden Oak period of American furniture from around 1880 to ...
Furniture group3/14/2006
  Q: I have been asked by my teacher to find out which item of furniture may be known as a Drum, - ...
  A: Trish - The answer,of course, is a table. The drum table was introduced in the late 18th century ...
antique piano stool3/12/2006
  Q: I have a piano stool (c.a. cook & co.)which I am having a hard time getting any info on.It is a ...
  A: Steven - Piano stools such as your describe were the standard seating for pianos and organs around ...
O'Hearn Sugar Maple Chair3/8/2006
  Q: Mr. Taylor, I have a chair with a burned or stamped name under the seat and can't find information ...
  A: The chair was made by the O'Hearn Manufacturing Co. in Gardner, MA. They are listed in one of my ...
period3/6/2006
  Q: I believe I have an authentic Pennsylvania Sack Back Chair, underneath marked on a barely ...
  A: Barbara – The Heywood family had a long and interesting history of making furniture and thankfully ...
1930's bedroom set3/5/2006
  Q: I am in possession of my mother's bedroom furniture in excellent condition. The bed is full size. ...
  A: Mary Ann - The best way to do that is by removing the wooden side rails and replacing them with ...
dining set3/4/2006
  Q: I sure hope you can help us out!We have inherited an antique dining set from my grandmother that is ...
  A: Kris - By all means send me some photos of the set. That way I willb e able to establish age, style ...
antique swan/goose rocker3/3/2006
  Q: I have been holding on to this rocker and I was wondering if it was something worth holding on to. ...
  A: Jess - Most of the swan arm rockers that are around today are from the Depression era and are not ...
Dining room and bedroom furniture3/1/2006
  Q: I have a dining room set with china cabinet and buffet in the family for over fifty years looks like ...
  A: Eleise - This forum does not allow enough room to write a comprehensive answer to your questions. ...
i have a 1967 thomasville...2/26/2006
  Q: i have a 1967 thomasville armoire has #s 208-21 wondering if it was worth anything?
  A: Jeef - I am sure it is worth something but it is too new to be an antique or collectible. My area of ...
Value of Table, Chairs & China Cabinet2/25/2006
  Q: My wife and I have a table and china cabinet set that came from a garage sale around 10 years ago. ...
  A: Dave – The wood is probably birch, especially since it came from WI. Maple is a little too ...
DEAR FRED I AM A 64 YEAR...2/23/2006
  Q: I AM A 64 YEAR OLD WOMAN WHO HAS A VERY OLD ANTIQUE BUFFET I AM TRYING TO GET INFORMATION ON THE AGE ...
  A: Pauline - I believe the label you found in the drawer is from the furniture retailer, not the ...
Maddox desk/secretary2/22/2006
  Q: I have inherited desk/secretary (no book shelves) from my mother who is deceased. In the move the ...
  A: Ann-Claire - Most Maddox desks which are not bookcase secretaries sell in the $500 range but the ...
vanities2/21/2006
  Q: I have a question to possible value regarding a vanity from the early 1900 made by a furniture ...
  A: Debbie - I believe Anthes & Baetz is a Canadian firm. If you can send me some photos of the vanity I ...
United Antiques2/20/2006
  Q: I have two matching bedroom pieces from United Furniture Corporation in North Carolina. They are ...
  A: Lizette - United Furniture was located in Lexington, NC. Their primary era of production was the ...
?1913 Edison Victrola2/19/2006
  Q: I have an antique standup Edison Victrola with approximately 100 1/2 inch records. It still plays. ...
  A: Germay - Your Edison will certainly have some value but that will depend on the age, style, wood and ...
Mirror age and possible value2/4/2006
  Q: I have my great Aunt's hallway mirror. The tag on the back says Rowglas Products, order #8410. I ...
  A: Karen I don't have any specific information on your mirror but if you take the back off and look at ...
antique furniture2/3/2006
  Q: I have a diningroom set my mother gave me that she thinks is the Sheraton style. The glass china ...
  A: Kelley - I will be happy to give you any information I can. Send clear photos to me as .jpg files at ...
the best way to restore chairs2/3/2006
  Q: I have a quite expensive Chinese rosewood dinning set. It is about 20 years old. Two of the chairs ...
  A: 02/04/06 Joe – By all means the best way to preserve the value of the set is to preserve the ...
Maddox Table?1/31/2006
  Q: im not sure if what i have is unique... i am reading that Maddox furniture(jamestown NY) has little ...
  A: Lisa – Your table is possibly a library table or simply a writing table for a study or even a hotel ...
tell city chairs1/31/2006
  Q: I have a set of four chairs made by Tell City Chair Company. I am looking to find as much ...
  A: Christina - The chairs are factory made 20th century Colonial Revival chairs made a very reputable ...
Desk, has marking B.578-11 Desk1/31/2006
  Q: Sir, I am trying to find out who made this Secretary type desk. It looks like a chest of drawers but ...
  A: Rick - That type of desk is known as a "butler's" desk. It was developed in the 18th century but the ...
antique federal eglomise mirror1/31/2006
  Q: ..I bought this antique mirror at a Goodwill thrift store for $14.99. It has an eglomise panel ...
  A: Kevin – From the photo (only one would open even after your resent them) it does appear that you ...
Age and info about an old rocking chair?1/31/2006
  Q: I bought this chair at an antique flea market and tried to research the date on my own with no luck. ...
  A: Becky - Your chair is part of parlor set from around the turn of the century. It was said to be in ...
Ed Roos Cedar Chest1/31/2006
  Q: I have an Ed Roos Cedar Chest and was wondering if you could tell me what it might be worth. The ...
  A: Melanie - Your high fashion (for the time) Jacobean style cedar chest would sell at auction for ...
rocking chair1/30/2006
  Q: I have an old wooden rocking chair that is stamped Sypher & Co. of New York City on the bottom. I ...
  A: Cheryl - Sypher & Co. was one of the greatest makers of Colonial reproduction furniture in the ...
MORRIS CHAIR1/29/2006
  Q: Fred Hi, have been trying to get more information regarding a Moris Chair, the year it was made ...
  A: Ken – I am very familiar with that chair. I have restored a number of them over the years. Is the ...
Question on how to repair antique drawer1/29/2006
  Q: I have a antique dresser and the drawers don't slide very well at all, is there anything I can do to ...
  A: Carley – There are several things you can do depending on why the drawers don't work well. There are ...
Lift Top Chest w/drawer1/27/2006
  Q: On first glance, this looks to be about the size and shape of a blanket chest, but with the 3 ...
  A: Andy – The cabinet is certainly handmade but not by a skilled craftsman. It looks more like the work ...
antique table1/25/2006
  Q: I have a table that was purchased for my parents as a wedding gift in the 1970's, in a small antique ...
  A: Lynae - Extension tables of that size were rare in the 1870s. I will be happy to give you any ...
sideboard1/23/2006
  Q: i have a sideboard that is in poor condition and don't know if it is worth my time to finish it. i ...
  A: Albert – You have an Empire sideboard from the 1820s or 1830s. I also have one like it. The ones ...
Hired Man's Bed1/23/2006
  Q: I purchased a 'hired man's bed' this past weekend that's 6' by 28" and about 12" off the ground & ...
  A: Chris – The value will depend a great deal on the style and wood. Some of the walnut Renaissance ...
Antique Furniture1/22/2006
  Q: We have an antique Kroehler rocker, a wardrobe with a tag that says Weiring E. Gillow 1932 Ltd., and ...
  A: Denise - Kroehler is one the best known names in American furniture. I will be happy to take a look ...
refinishing antique rocking chari1/20/2006
  Q: We have been given a rocker made by Karpen company which was in business from 1929-1950's? We are ...
  A: Debbie - The famous firm S. Karpen & Bros was founded in Chicago in 1880 and was in business until ...
chair and loveseat1/20/2006
  Q: I will send pictures under separate cover. I received this chair and loveseat from an aunt. She ...
  A: Joan – The chair and loveseat are from the first quarter of the 20th century. They are a combination ...
dining set1/19/2006
  Q: large table two leaves. side board.five chairs one with arms.was told from 1790.marked stuart oak ...
  A: Kevin - It sounds like you have a set from the Depression era. There were no dining sets as such in ...
Berkey and Gay buffet1/18/2006
  Q: Fred, I now have pictures. How can I send them to your? ToddI am trying to get an estimate as to ...
  A: Todd - You can send photos to me as .jpg files at fmtaylor@aol.com. Thanks. Fred Taylor Todd – The ...
old chair1/17/2006
  Q: Good morning Fred. I have a question regarding a chair that I found on the street. It is solid wood, ...
  A: Lisa - I could not download the photos from the website well enough to get a good look at the chair. ...
Unusual Table1/16/2006
  Q: My son has found a very unusual table with a brass plate on it that reads "Harris, Jr., Patent ...
  A: LaNell - The table is from the Depression era, 1930s or so although they were made somewhat later ...
MUSCODA MFG CO..1/15/2006
  Q: I JUST RESENTLY PURCHASED A MUSCODA MFG CO .. TABLE.. I BELIEVE ... THERE IS A PAPER SAYING THIS ON ...
  A: Anita – The table does not fit the standard description of a Mission style table. It does not show ...
Globe-Wernicke bookcase1/13/2006
  Q: I own a three tier barrister bookcase. It is dark oak with a label in each tier: Globe-Wernicke ...
  A: Amy - Globe-Wernicke operated in Cincinnati. The Globe company was bought by Otto Wernicke from ...
antique wardrobe or armoire1/11/2006
  Q: Due to illness I have decided to sell a furniture piece that has been in the family for several ...
  A: Elizabeth - I will be happy to help you anyway I can. The place to start is by sending me some ...
drexel dining set1/10/2006
  Q: How can I determine the age and value of a drexel dining set that my great aunt had given me when I ...
  A: Sharon - I am not familiar with your Drexel oriental motif furniture. Here is a site with the ...
furniture1/9/2006
  Q: i have a piece of furniture that i use as a desk...bought it about 35+ years ago in the ...
  A: Genevieve - One company that used the cavalier emblem was the Cavalier Furniture Co founded in ...
Chest1/7/2006
  Q: We have a very old chest made by the Moran Brothers, everyone tells us to get this appraised. Have ...
  A: Sharlene - The Moran Brothers do not appear in my cabinetmaker reference material nor in my ...
chairs1/7/2006
  Q: I have several chairs which were aquired in Penna by my mother many years ago. They are wooden ...
  A: Marie – There was indeed a hurricane in NewHampshire in 1938 and it was BIG one. Here are a couple ...
Maddox gate leg table1/6/2006
  Q: My grandmother gave me her Maddox gate leg table more than 40 years ago. It is in good condition and ...
  A: Brenda – Maddox was a maker of mostly high quality colonial reproductions as part of the Colonial ...
Berkey & Gay Furniture1/4/2006
  Q: I have a Berkey and Gay dining table that has six chairs and one of them is the captain's chair, it ...
  A: April - Most B&G sets were made of walnut, walnut veneer and gum. The numbers don't give a lot of ...
Rocking Chair1/3/2006
  Q: I purchased an old rocker at an auction quite a few years ago. Do you know anything of the ...
  A: Janice - Actually there were at least two companies using the name Murphy Chair Company in the early ...
morgantor dining room set1/3/2006
  Q: Inside the sideboard is the name Morgantor,I cannot find anything about this company online ,and I ...
  A: John - The name Morgantor does not appear in any of my manufacturer reference material. If you can ...
Dry Sink12/30/2005
  Q: Fred, I got a super nice 1860s dry sink for Chanukah (Christmas). It it walnut, high back. I want ...
  A: Dale - I would love to see photos of your dry sink. Please take several shots from different angles ...
Antique lap writing desk12/29/2005
  Q: I bought at an auction, an old lap writing desk. It says Sanford's Chicago on a gold plate on the ...
  A: Ashley - Sanford was formed in 1857 and as far as I can tell has never made anything except writing ...
antique revolving bookshelf12/29/2005
  Q: I have a revolving bookshelf, it has glass doors, solid mahogany, over six feet tall, sits on a ...
  A: Bert - Revolving bookshelves are generally late 19th century or early 20th century items, especially ...
possible antique glass cabinet12/20/2005
  Q: we have recieved a very dark wood and crystal glass cabinet it has 4 legs with wheels and a lock ...
  A: Heather - Forsyth Furniture was located in Winston-Salem, NC in the first half of the 20th century. ...
Empire Case Goods Co.12/19/2005
  Q: i have a veneered vanity, with the info "Empire Case Goods Co., Jamestown NY.- finish: walnut" ...
  A: Kelly - Empire burned to the ground in 1935 but remained in business, eventually leaving Jamestown ...
Winthrop Rocking Chair12/19/2005
  Q: Have a Winthrop Rocking Chair with wingback, cushion, made of mahogony. Was stamped on bottom of ...
  A: Michelle - It is a 20th century factory made chair so it is not really an antique but it probably ...
info about the number of furniture12/18/2005
  Q: I have an antique dressing table and the only marking on the table is on the back of the mirror. ...
  A: Rhonda - All 20th century American plate mirror incorporated into a piece of furniture has the date ...
FURNITURE12/16/2005
  Q: I HAVE OLD FURNITURE, HAD CARVED MIRROW FLOOR TO CEILING WITH BASE GOOD CONDITION THAT WAS MY ...
  A: Ellen - You should start with a local auctioneer who handles estate sales. He or she will be able to ...
What is it?12/14/2005
  Q: I am hoping you could tell me if this is a desk or a sideboard and any other comments or ideas about ...
  A: DeAnn – Your piece is called a “dressing table.” It is essentially a vanity from when that term was ...
Antique Rocker?12/13/2005
  Q: I have an old rocker that I think might be an antique but can find no trace of manufactures name, ...
  A: Loretta – Your rocker appears to be a very late Victorian slipper or nursing rocker from the 1880s ...
Globe Wernicke Barrister Bookcase12/11/2005
  Q: I have recently purchased two sections of what I believe to be an original Globe Wernicke barrister ...
  A: Jeff - The wood in your bookcase is "tiger oak", also known as "quarter cut oak". That is a method ...
hathaways tambour desk12/8/2005
  Q: i have a tambour desk from hathaways ny.trying to find out how old it is .says genuine mahogany #186
  A: Jay - I believe Hathaway's was a retailer in NY. If you could send me some photos of the desk I may ...
Ren. Revival Armchair w/Federal crest12/7/2005
  Q: Sir, I recently bought a Renaissance Revival armchair in walnut (photos sent under separate cover) ...
  A: Simon - I look forward to seeing the photos. Thanks. Fred Simon - That is a great looking chair - ...
1950's Childs Table & Chair set12/7/2005
  Q: I have a childs table and chairs set that I received from a lady who got it when she was 5 years ...
  A: Judee - I couldn't find any information on Allied Chair Corp. The "big people's" versions of the ...
Sofa identification12/6/2005
  Q: I have an old sofa belonging to my grandmother. (sending pix via aol) My own mother had it recovered ...
  A: Diedra - The daybed is from the "mid century modern" era of the 1950s and early 1960s. Beds like ...
Hoosier Cabinet & English Coffee Table12/6/2005
  Q: I have these two items to sell and have no idea what the value of them are. The hoosier still has a ...
  A: David - Impossible to say about the Hoosier cabinet without knowing the brand, the wood, the current ...
Kimball piano12/4/2005
  Q: I have an old W.W. Kimball Co. piano. It was Patened Sept.24,1895. The No. on the piano is ...
  A: Tina - From the serial number the Pierce Piano Atlas says your piano was made in 1907. The value of ...
furniture age & value12/4/2005
  Q: I recently was given a bedroom suite from KEYSTONE FURNITURE of WILLIAMSPORT PA. The only info I ...
  A: Bob - Keystone Furniture was in business at least until 1929 and maybe later so there can be a lot ...
Furniture value12/2/2005
  Q: I have a pair of Weiman tables. They are stamped Heirloom Quality 99-58101. A metal plate is ...
  A: I need a little more information. How old are the tables? What wood are they made of? What syle are ...
Antique?11/26/2005
  Q: We found a nice dresser in very good condition with a stamp on the back cover, WF Mfg p1044. It is ...
  A: Brian - That type dresser is known as a "waterfall" dresser because of the rounded front edge. ...
SIDE BOARD11/23/2005
  Q: My father gave me an antique sideboard and I was wondering about its' history. In the drawar was a ...
  A: Harper - The hand written note probably has nothing to do with the sideboard. The sequence of ...
Berkey & Gay Table Year of Manufacture11/22/2005
  Q: Mr. Taylor, I came upon this site while searching for more information about my Berkey & Gay ...
  A: Christine – The obvious question is how do you know it is a Berkey & Gay table? If it is, it should ...
China Closet11/20/2005
  Q: My mother has a china cabinet that was her grandmothers. It is around six feet tall and four feet ...
  A: Ed - That description covers hundreds of thousands of cabinets made in America in the late 19th and ...
O'Hearn furniture11/19/2005
  Q: My friends would like me to place a classified ad for a 9-piece sugar maple dining room set by ...
  A: Charlene - You could have the set appraised by a professional appraiser in your area. Or you could ...
Drop leaf table11/19/2005
  Q: Mr. Taylor, I visited a museum in Plymouth, MA, this week and noticed a drop leaf table similar in ...
  A: Deb - The fact that the table is an extension table with additional leaves means that it is not ...
Al Capone's dining table11/18/2005
  Q: My father has a table that he was told was Al Capone's dining table. It has 8 very large chairs ...
  A: Amy - This is more of a 20th century history question than a furniture question. You could first ...
chest11/17/2005
  Q: I bought a chest, maybe a hope chest,at a yard sale. The lady had inherited it from a relative, she ...
  A: Angel - Cavalier was a maker of cedar chests and other items in Chattanooga for many years. Here is ...
appox. value of winthrop slant...11/14/2005
  Q: appox. value of winthrop slant top desk-chippendale-full bracket feet with 4 graduated ...
  A: Fred - It is impossible to say without close personal inspection. The value will depend on the size, ...
lenior chair company11/12/2005
  Q: we have two chair from the lenior chair company. They still have tags on them. CAL 4319 is a ...
  A: Fred - The Lenoir Chair Co was formed in 1926 in Lenoir, NC as part of Broyhill Furniture. Here is a ...
1939-1944? Daybed11/12/2005
  Q: Unfortunatly i do not have a picture of the bed. my aunt has my grandmothers bed. the bed has no ...
  A: Faith - I am not familiar with the bed you describe. However, any custom mattress shop can make you ...
Antique Dresser11/9/2005
  Q: I have recieved this dresser and mirror from my aunt and was interested in finding out who made ...
  A: Bryan - I have never seen a dresser exactly like yours and I cannot positively identify it. It is ...
Antiques Value11/3/2005
  Q: I have 3 antiques pieces I inherited from family that I need to sell and would like to know more ...
  A: Brenda – The dining room pieces were once part of an entire set. The style is a combination of ...
Antique Bible11/2/2005
  Q: Fred: Thank you so much for your response to my Bed Frame question...you are remarkably ...
  A: Julie - Unfortunately my area of expertise is limited to American antique furniture. Why don't you ...
Berkey & Gay set sale information11/1/2005
  Q: I came across this web site and hoped you could give me some advice on my grandmothers Berkey & Gay ...
  A: Kathy – That is a very elegant set of furniture and I can appreciate your concern. However, don't be ...
Corner Hutch11/1/2005
  Q: I'm trying to ascertain the approximate age of a corner hutch I have. Upper half has paned glass ...
  A: Debbie - The Angel Novelty Company made furniture in Fitchburg, Mass in the 1920s and 1930s. If you ...
Wicker set10/28/2005
  Q: My parents are in their 80's and lost everything they owned in the hurricane Katrina. We need to ...
  A: Dori - You will probably have to produce some documentation like family photos that include the set. ...
Old Glass Show case10/25/2005
  Q: I was going to sell an old show case my father had in his store since 1945, for $50.00 the person ...
  A: Betty - You probably didn't ruin the case but it is impossible to tell you more about it without ...
Michigan Chairs and Tables Company Rocking Chair10/25/2005
  Q: I sent you an email with photos on a Michigan Chairs and Tables Company rocking Chair. Thanks, Pat ...
  A: Pat – The actual name of the company is Michigan Chair Co. The “Chairs and Tables” part that you see ...
1890's box10/24/2005
  Q: My name is matt and I have a question about a 1890's to early 1900's cheast or box or krate. I have ...
  A: Matt - The name Jachul Khul does not appear in any of my reference material. If you can send me some ...
StyleFurniture10/24/2005
  Q: I have a lamp / end table that has a removeable inlaid marble top and four legs with topless women ...
  A: Marilyn - Female figures used as columns to support tops are called "caryatids". They are from ...
murphy bed10/23/2005
  Q: i have acquired an old fold up bed...someone has told me it is a murphy bed...it has no cabnit but ...
  A: Margo - The genuine Murphy bed was patented in 1900 and most of them are identified as "Murphy ...
old rocker/recliner chair10/22/2005
  Q: i purchased this chair at a yard sale. on the bottom it says the chair was made by the cleveland ...
  A: Larry - The Cleveland Chair Co. is located in Cleveland, TN. Here is the address. Cleveland Chair ...
Drop Leaf Dining Table10/20/2005
  Q: I bought this table at a garage sale along with 2 chairs just because I thought it was nice looking ...
  A: Kathy - Here is the website with the history of Drexel. http://www.drexelheritage.com The numbers on ...
Year of manufacture of a Sheboygan chair10/20/2005
  Q: I have an old rocking chair that has been in my family for years. I am wanting to determine the ...
  A: Dorothy - I believe the "American Wooden Chairs" book is a repro of the Phoenix Chair Co. catalog, ...
waterfall style furniture10/18/2005
  Q: Nice to make your aquantance. I bought a bedroom set recently and was told that it was from the 40's ...
  A: Stacey - Waterfall design is usually associated today with the style of Art Deco although at the ...
estate liquidation10/16/2005
  Q: I have moved from my Victorian house to my father's early american in Maine. I realize this is all ...
  A: Dr. Robin - You need to contact a reputable appraiser to give you a handle on value and then an ...
louis xv chairs10/16/2005
  Q: I have two loui xv chairs side arms that are dated 1750 originals I would like to sel tham could you ...
  A: Diana - You should have the chairs professionally appraised by a licensed personal property ...
How old must an item be to be classed as an antique?10/15/2005
  Q:
  A: Carol - The short answer depends on what the object is and who you ask. The Customs Service, for tax ...
China Capinet10/14/2005
  Q: I tried to email you a picture last weekend but I could not send it, your email address was ...
  A: Vickie - Sorry you had trouble with my email. It must have been entered incorrectly since my address ...
i apologize for asking you,...10/14/2005
  Q: i apologize for asking you, but i didn't see my catagory on the questions list, as in asked about ...
  A: Janet - I am sorry to say I do not know who answers questions about European furniture. Your best ...
clean/refinish/identify dining room table & chairs10/9/2005
  Q: Yesterday received a (mahogany?) dining room table & 6 chairs that had been stored in a barn for ...
  A: Julie - A quick rinse with a very dilute solution of mild dish soap will remove dust and dirt. Rinse ...
Murphy Bed/Desk Questions10/9/2005
  Q: I have an antique Desk that has been in my family for at least 50 years. I was told that it was a ...
  A: Anne - I would be happy to help you but I can't get a good enough look at the photos you posted ...
Walnut Bed - circa mid 1800's10/7/2005
  Q: Mr. Taylor, I have an antique "child size" bed that is made of Walnut. The headboard stands only ...
  A: Nancy - The term "hired man's bed" has come to acquire a cache that is probably not correct or ...
Rope Bed10/6/2005
  Q: I would like to use an 18th century carved headboard rope bed that I've had for quite some time. I ...
  A: Laura - If the bed is only for occasional use in a guest room I suggest you do not alter the ...
spiesz furniture10/4/2005
  Q: A walnut dinningroom set table six chairs, china cabinet and buffet.we bought at an auction. Could ...
  A: Melanie - I couldn't find much detailed information on Speisz but I do know they were active in the ...
I have a dinning room table...10/2/2005
  Q: I have a dinning room table with 12 chairs and a matching buffet. It has a round Berkey & Gay ...
  A: Bonny - Berkey & Gay only began to use the round emblem in the 20th century. In 1905 the emblem was ...
Executive Desk?9/30/2005
  Q: A friend of mine is trying to determine the value of an office desk that was once the property of ...
  A: Ron - A 20 something year old Army desk has no collector's value at all. Any value it has is simply ...
Information about a couch9/28/2005
  Q: I am looking for information about a hide-a-bed couch I have had for about 8 years. I have photos I ...
  A: Denette – Kroehler Manufacturing was a pioneer in the folding bed market. In the 1890s a young ...
chimney fleu9/27/2005
  Q: I have a friend who was given a couple of old decorative chimney fleus. they appear to be german ...
  A: Tom - Those are commonly referred to as chimney pots. The most commonly seen in this country are ...
just looking for some information9/25/2005
  Q: i am michelle and i have a desk that has a label with the name M.L.HIMMEL&SONS IN BALTIMORE ON ...
  A: Michelle - I don't have any reference material on Himmel. However, if you can send me some photos of ...
Lane Chest9/24/2005
  Q: Just purchased a Lane cedar lined chest styl number 02582-3 serial number 151001. Wondering how old ...
  A: Lisa - Since you alsready know the serial number, Lane will be happy to tell you when your chest was ...
gate leg table9/23/2005
  Q: i am trying to find a table as close to this size and design as possible. i believe it is an ...
  A: Linda – Nice to hear from you. I am unsure exactly what you are asking. Are you asking for details ...
approximate age of this piece9/19/2005
  Q: Mr Taylor, I just picked up this chest at a little "junk" shop. I paid $110 for it. I fell in love ...
  A: Roberta - Send the photos to me as .jpg files at fmtaylor@aol.com. Thanks.Fred Taylor Roberta - ...
info on Lasher & Co. portable closet9/17/2005
  Q: Looking for info on the comapany and history of a piece we just inherited. Manufactured by R.E. ...
  A: I look forward to seeing the photos. Fred Taylor Pete – Your armoire is made in the Eastlake style ...
Rocking Chair9/16/2005
  Q: I am sending you a picture of my rocking chair to your aol account. I am trying to find out what ...
  A: Vicki – The design in the back of your rocker is not an engraving. It is an impression made by the ...
antique table/chair9/15/2005
  Q: I have no idea if my table/chair is American. This piece of furniture is both a table and a chair. ...
  A: Lupe - Your "table chair", also known as a "chair table", probably is American. It is a form ...
dining room set9/14/2005
  Q: Fred, I have an antique dining set that I need to sell. It is beautiful and I don't know how much ...
  A: Angela -For a complicated set like a dining set I would definitely need to see photos. Send photos ...
Rocking Chair9/14/2005
  Q: I have been trying to find out the type and age of this chair but have had no luck. Any help would ...
  A: Tracy - Your quarter cut white oak rocker was made in the early part of the 20th century. It has ...
Small Candlelabra9/13/2005
  Q: Do You know anything about the Mason Candlelight Co. of Green Brook New Jersey....I have two that ...
  A: Edwin - I can't help you since I focus exclusively on antique furniture but you might want to post ...
Researching antiques9/12/2005
  Q: Mr.Taylor, I was just wondering if you had a chance to review the pictures I sent. I understand ...
  A: Joyce – I did download the photos when you sent them and then went out of town. Sorry for the delay. ...
I have a ancestor that was...9/7/2005
  Q: I have a ancestor that was a chairmaker in Pittsburgh. His name was Allen Cordell and his shop was ...
  A: Stan - I could find no reference to Allen Cordell in my cabinetmaker reference material. My advice ...
help identifying9/6/2005
  Q: Mr. Taylor, I have a small cabinet, about 14"x14"x32" with a single door that opens down. The ...
  A: Keith - What you describe is a humidor from the Depression era used for tobacco storage. Most ...
Jacobean style dining table9/3/2005
  Q: I finally found a table that resembles one I have been researching for years. It was shown as a ...
  A: Marlene - H.P. Robertson was one of the table makers located in Jamestown, NY in the first half of ...
MacDougal Cabinet9/3/2005
  Q: I have a MacDougal cabinet that I acquired from my father's estate. It is too big for my house, so ...
  A: Andy - The repair of the tambor door is no big problem. Look on the internet for articles about how ...
Please tell me what it is called...9/1/2005
  Q: Fred. I have owned an antique secretary bookcase for about ten years now and don't know a thing ...
  A: Susan - Your piece would more properly be called a breakfront secretary since the top drawer that ...
Chairs and Dining Table8/31/2005
  Q: Fred, I don't know if these pieces are American. However, my specific question is related to certain ...
  A: Donna - The Louis XIV style is absed on French furniture of the early 18th century.The style is ...
Antique rocker, leather back8/31/2005
  Q: I am sending pictures to your AOL name, of an old rocker that belonged to my grandparents. It was ...
  A: Jack - Your Windsor style rocker is not a Boston rocker. Boston's, from the early and mid 19th ...
swan neck rocking chair8/30/2005
  Q: I purchased a swan neck platform rocker about 15 years ago at an estate sale. It had been ...
  A: Sarah - The swan platform rockers were part of the Colonial Revival of the Depression era and often ...
Lyre Stand8/28/2005
  Q: I purchased this a few years ago and had it re-finished. Thought it was nice. A friend saw it and ...
  A: Michelle - Your lyre stand is the famous "surfboard" table made by Mersman Bros of Celina, OH. These ...
Farm Table8/27/2005
  Q: I found a plank farm table today in a corner of a antique store attic. I threw it in the back of my ...
  A: Sheree Lyn - Your first impression about the marks was probably correct. They probably were from the ...
Hand Water Pumps8/26/2005
  Q: Do you have any idea at all what a hand water pump would be worth? I know you can buy knock offs ...
  A: Karen - Sorry I can't help you with that. My area of expertise is limited to American antique ...
old carner cabinet8/26/2005
  Q: I have a place that a corner cabinet would fit - so think an unique piece would be cool. Are there ...
  A: Trenda - Corner cabinets have been a part of American furnishings since the 18th century. You can go ...
Possible Antique Cabinets8/24/2005
  Q: My friend has two end table like cabinets that she thinks may be antique. She has asked me to see ...
  A: Renee - The stenciling on the back is the model number, style number and the color of the finish - ...
Recently purchased set of chairs8/23/2005
  Q: I recently purchased a set of dining room chairs to refinish and use in my home. The person I ...
  A: Jennifer - The chairs appear to be not quite as old as you were told. They most likely are from the ...
pricing an 1907 wooden piano8/23/2005
  Q: I don't have any photos at this moment but I wanted to know the relative pricing on a Gordon and Son ...
  A: Sondra - The patent date is no indication of the age of the piano. The serial number is the key. The ...
cherrywood furniture8/22/2005
  Q: I was speaking with my mom yesterday she was thinking of moving and selling her 1954 cherrywood ...
  A: Theresa - I'm sorry but I can't even get you in the ballpark without some photos. Did you perhaps ...
Couch?8/22/2005
  Q: I purchased a piece of furniture that I was told was an old Slave Bed. It appears, in it's folded ...
  A: Robert - It's a little hard to tell without a photo but if my mental picture is correct what you ...
Old rocker8/20/2005
  Q: This chair has been in my family since the end of the civil war. I was told by my aunt that it was ...
  A: Ardoth – Wicker furniture (or rattan as it was called originally, different from how we use the word ...
Knick-Knack shelf8/19/2005
  Q: I have a small two tier knick-knack shelf with a small drawer that I am curious about. It appears to ...
  A: Douglas - If you can send me some photos I will try to help. Send photos as .jpg files to me at ...
Proper placement of leather seat8/17/2005
  Q: I recently set out to replace the seat of my antique pressback oak rocker. Discovered it appears to ...
  A: Deborah - The seat sat on the ledge so the the top of the insert was more or less level with the ...
Murphy bed8/17/2005
  Q: We inherited an old solid oak murphy bed. There is a stamp with what appears to be a date of nov. ...
  A: Les - I can't really tell you anything without some photos. The true Murphy bed was not patented ...
antique furniture american8/16/2005
  Q: I bought a dining room table, 8 chairs, china and small buffet about 30 years ago. I believe it is ...
  A: Pat - Bassett is not a top line manufacturer so the question is style, construction and condition. ...
Globe Wernicke desk organizer (?)8/15/2005
  Q: We have a Globe Wernicke item in the family that we want to sell. However, we don't even know what ...
  A: Arlene - I have been asked about this kind of thing a couple of times before and I have never found ...
furniture,identification.8/15/2005
  Q: I am curently doing a course with "open learning centre international", Understanding antiques. ...
  A: Brian - The term is usually used in reference to a shelf - "whatnot shelf" for example. The term ...
i have an old sellers ice...8/13/2005
  Q: i have an old sellers ice box made in elwood illinois, still in good shape. could tell me more ...
  A: Bud - Sellers was located in Elmwood, Indiana, not Illinois. The company is most remembered for ...
Old Oak Rocker8/12/2005
  Q: I sent you an email from godislove9@juno.com asking about an old rocker. Pictures are in the email! ...
  A: Linda – Nice find! Your white oak rocker is a factory made chair from the early 20th century, ...
antique highboy8/12/2005
  Q: I have a turn-of-the-century mahogany highboy purchased from a dealer in 1952 by my parents in ...
  A: Linda - I would definitely need to see some photgraphs. Also please carefully survery the piece for ...
PRICE8/11/2005
  Q: I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE PRICE AND SOME INFORMATION ABOUT A 1882 , MURPHY FOLD UP BED ...
  A: Evelyn - The term "Murphy bed" has become a genereic term for folding beds. William Murphy applied ...
antique rocking chair8/10/2005
  Q: My questions are regarding an antique rocking chair and its period, care, and repair value. What is ...
  A: Jennifer – First it would totally remove any residual collector's value if you paint the chair white ...
antique vanity8/9/2005
  Q: I have a vanity that belonged to my great-grandmother and I need to know how much it's worth or what ...
  A: Tessa - Three mirror vanities were popular early in the 20th century through the Depression era. It ...
Berkey and Gay desk8/8/2005
  Q: We recently inherited this maple (?) heirloom desk. I think it was first purchased by my ...
  A: Erik – Your desk is made mostly of tiger maple. That what causes the striped effect in the wood. The ...
smoking chest/table/cabinet8/7/2005
  Q: I have a small, I don't know if you would call it a smoking cabinet/table/chest, but it stands ...
  A: Linda - Smoking stands like that were first popular during the Depression when they were ...
SHIPPENSBURG FURNITURE8/6/2005
  Q: I have a table, four chairs, and what I think is called a sideboard that have been in the family for ...
  A: Joanne – Your furniture is from the 1930s Depression era. It is in the category called “apartment” ...
dresser8/6/2005
  Q: I have a dresser that belonged to my grandmother's neighbor - not sure if it's an "antique" or not - ...
  A: Kia - Dixie was formed in 1901 in Lexington,NC so technically, by the 100 year rule, the dresser is ...
Dresser8/5/2005
  Q: I have a dresser that was my mothers great grandma's,or great great grandma's there is a "lable" ...
  A: Shawn - The label apparently refers to a retailer rather than a manufacturer so there is no way to ...
Built by John Since 18918/5/2005
  Q: I have a dinette set (table, chairs, sideboard, china closet) that has a label in it that says ...
  A: Douglas - That company does not appear in any of my reference material. I found pretty much the same ...
chippendale dinning table8/4/2005
  Q: Is there a particular year they started using wood wheel casters on dining tables. I have inherited ...
  A: Dena - Wooden wheels are typically seen on American furniture beginning in the late 19th century. ...
Green Apple table8/3/2005
  Q: we have an old dining table, with the marking Green Apple on the underside. I can't find any ...
  A: Sally - I am not familiar with Green Apple furniture. If you can send me some photos of the table I ...
Rocking chair origin?8/3/2005
  Q: I inherited a rocking chair that my grandmother told my mother that it came across the plains in a ...
  A: Bill – Thanks for sending the photos again. That helped. I just wrote an article for a major trade ...
sideboard7/30/2005
  Q: I have a sideboard given to me. It is made by Grand Rapids chair Co.. It's about 6' long , has a ...
  A: Paul - Grand Rapids Chair Co was in business from 1872 to 1973. Sideboards that had two long drawers ...
General Electric Genuine Cherry cabinet w/ TV7/29/2005
  Q: Mr. Taylor, I hope you can help me. This cabinet was in my grandmothers home. I can remember it ...
  A: Melissa - The cherry TV cabinet is from the late 1950s or early 1960s. The TV unit itself will have ...
Antique Book Stand7/29/2005
  Q: I purchased this book stand originally to hold my old family Bible from the 1800's. I am now ...
  A: Ellen - I couldn't tell much about your stand from the photo you sent. It was too blurry. However, ...
cedar chest7/29/2005
  Q: i have recently acquired a Lane Co. cedar chest from my great-grandmother's estate. i am sorry that ...
  A: Kathleen - If you can send me some photos I will be happy to tell you anything I can. Send photos as ...
Kittinger dining room table7/27/2005
  Q: I recently found a walnut Kittinger dining room table. It has pull out leaves. It is "jacobean" ...
  A: Anne - Your table is called a "draw" table because of the way the leaves are extracted. It was a ...
Victorian Trunk7/26/2005
  Q: Taylor, I have inherited an old trunk. I beleive victorian. However I am not an expert. I do know ...
  A: Bill - I regret to say that I have no reference material on 19th century trunks and can find no ...
Bennington Furniture7/25/2005
  Q: My fiance and I were out Saturday looking at estate sales. We found a dry sink at one. It was being ...
  A: Scott - When you send photos be sure to include a good clear shot of the identification mark. ...
Chocolate Server Table7/23/2005
  Q: Have you ever heard of a chocolate server table? I have one and don't know anything else about it ...
  A: Penny - Sorry I can't be of help without some photos. However, removable glass serving table tops ...
phone chairs7/22/2005
  Q: I am looking for a phone chair that has a rose carved in the back of the chair part. I would like ...
  A: Cathy - The common name for a phone chair is a gossip bench. They are from the Depression Era, ...
PA Farmhouse Dresser7/22/2005
  Q: Mr. Taylor- This is odd, I can view the webpage in Firefox but not Internet Explorer... Ok, I fixed ...
  A: Ivan - Thanks for the fix on the photos. Your dresser is made of maple in Eastlake style. Eastlake ...
Antique Chifferobe?7/21/2005
  Q: Taylor...I was so happy to find your service here. I purchased this chifferobe? at a garage sale and ...
  A: Kim - Your piece is known as an armoire or wardrobe. A chifferobe has side by side drawers and ...
Wicker furniture7/18/2005
  Q: Our Masonic Lodge has two sets of wicker furniture donated to us by the OES in the 1930s. they ...
  A: Mike - You need to determine the manufacturer and find out whether the set is made of true wicker or ...
Artists chair7/16/2005
  Q: Please inform me as to the correct name for this item, its approximate age and value (if any) ...
  A: Terry - If you send me some photos I will be happy to share any informayion I may have. Send photos ...
Lighting for antiques7/14/2005
  Q: I am not sure whether you will be able to answer my question or not ... actaully I want to know ...
  A: Van - The best light by which to study an antique piece of furniture is incandescent light as ...
Desk7/13/2005
  Q: I have a desk that belonged to my Mother that was used in the Army and was bought at an Army Surplus ...
  A: Kay - Without knowing more about the desk I can't give you an asking price. I need to know wood, ...
Globe-Wernicke7/12/2005
  Q: I recently have been given by my deceased Grandparents a Oak File cabinet that has thirty drawers ...
  A: Twig - I am not aware of any websites that have the information you are looking for. Here is a site ...
table7/12/2005
  Q: i have a table that is solid wood,stretches to be thirteen feet . there are eight chairs and eight ...
  A: Erica - Most of the extension tables with round pedestals that opened to reveal a centerleg when ...
Identification of Sheraton Style Tables with Hoof Feet7/8/2005
  Q: My mother has two tables that she bought used about 50 years ago at which time she was told they ...
  A: Charlie - The tables are classic examples of what is known as the Colonial Revival. The concept of ...
Sleigh Bed and matching pieces7/6/2005
  Q: We recently came into possesion of a Sleigh Bed and a dresser and standing mirror. I believe it is ...
  A: Robert - Sorry for the delay in responding. Your furniture is from the Empire Revival era of the ...
Armoiers7/4/2005
  Q: I have an armoire which I was told dates about the late 1900's. It has a patent label from ...
  A: Ellie - As you noted my area of expertise is American antique furniture and I am not familiar with ...
national chair manufacturing company7/3/2005
  Q: i have a rocking chair stamped natl chair manufaturing company elbridge ny on the rockers. how do i ...
  A: Susan - Most of the chairs I have seen that were made by National Chair Manufacturing are from the ...
High back bed7/2/2005
  Q: We have a high back carved double bed. I would like to know what type/style of bed and approx. age ...
  A: Linda -Your bed is from the late 19th century in a type of Eastlake style. The carving is called ...
chest of drawers7/2/2005
  Q: i purchased a five drawer chest with enlay advertised as antique. What constitutes an antique, age? ...
  A: Sally - The standard defintion of antique for furniture is over 100 years old but that is very ...
Berkey & Gay Furniture6/28/2005
  Q: I have two Berkey & Gay bedroom pieces. Both are marked with a metal seal that says Berkey & Gay ...
  A: Lillie - Berkey & Gay used the round seal from 1905 to 1948 to mark its furniture. Within that 43 ...
Anitque dining set6/27/2005
  Q: I have a table I am going to get rid of but I have no idea on how to describe it or find even a ...
  A: Andy - Got all the photos. Thanks. Your oak breakfast set was made in the 1920s or 1930s. Similar ...
furniture6/27/2005
  Q: my husband has the last 25yrs. my inlaws old bedroom set. its manufactor is flint and co. of ny. we ...
  A: Teresa - I will be happy to share any information I may have on the set if you can send me some ...
Antique Bedroom furniture6/26/2005
  Q: I have a very old bedroom set that I would like additional information on. I inherited the set from ...
  A: Debbie - Your bed is from the Golden Oak era at the turn of the 20th century. It is factory made, ...
My Grandmothers Antique Chairs6/26/2005
  Q: I will send jpg files to fmtaylor@aol.com as instructed. Would you please identify my grandmothers ...
  A: Rich - Those are very nice chairs. They are 20th century reproductions of Italian neoclassical ...
Curious about age and style of desk...6/25/2005
  Q: Mr. Taylor, I have what I believe to be a desk that we have used as a sort of side table for over ...
  A: Michael - Unfortunately nothing was attached to the e-mail you sent. Please try again. Thanks. Fred ...
Identify old oak sideboard with mirror6/25/2005
  Q: I am trying to learn anything that I can about an old sideboard that my mother gave me several ...
  A: Joe – Your sideboard appears to be from the Arts and Crafts era at the beginning of the 20th century ...
conover piano6/25/2005
  Q: I have inhereted a conover piano dated 12/1885. four of the original ivory keys have been lost. I do ...
  A: Marjorie - According to the Pierce Piano Atlas your piano, serial # 148,514 was made 1911. ...
1910 oak dresser6/24/2005
  Q: We had an 1910 3 drawer oak dresser. It was damaged by water and the insurance has asked us to put ...
  A: Pat - Basically you will have to do what a professional appraiser does. You will need to find a ...
antique rocking chair6/23/2005
  Q: Please give any information about this rocking chair. Botton has partial label with Stomps-B and ...
  A: Jan – The company that made the rocker was Stomps-Burkhardt, founded in Dayton in 1859. At some ...
Chairs6/22/2005
  Q: I was wondering if you could help me out. I recently bought 4 old chairs at a yard sale. They are in ...
  A: Carmie - I didn't find a great deal about Conrade furniture except that it was in business in St. ...
maker,period&value of dining table6/22/2005
  Q: i have a table thought to be made maybe in the midwest and maybe in the period of the 1930's. it ...
  A: Chris - The "pop-up" extension leaf was a popular element of Depression era dining tables as late as ...
antique rocker upholstering6/20/2005
  Q: I have an antique rocker that was distressed when I found it, which I am in the process of ...
  A: Craig - I am very familiar with the form of platform rocker you describe and illustrated on the ...
holcombe rocker6/19/2005
  Q: Fred, I have just purchased a rocker that is marked on the bottom of the seat "12-17- (looks like) ...
  A: Michael - Your rocker is a Colonial Revival Queen Anne rocker made about the time indicated on the ...
Antique Rocking Chair6/17/2005
  Q: Fred, I have also inherited an antique rocking chair I know little about. It once belonged to my ...
  A: Dominic – Photos of a chair identical to yours were sent to me by a reader in February of this year. ...
painted table6/16/2005
  Q: I have an old drop leaf table that is painted. Should I strip the paint or leave it the way it is? ...
  A: Jennifer - No way to tell about your table without seeing it and even then it may be difficult. ...
Antique(?) desk/display case6/16/2005
  Q: Mr. Taylor; I am not at all sure of what I have here. It is a combo of fold down desk, cupboard and ...
  A: Jodi - Your desk/display cabinet is English made from just before World War II. The wood is ...
Identifying Antique Bar6/15/2005
  Q: I am trying to find out exactly what time frame this bar is from. I remember seeing them in old ...
  A: Ginny – Your bar is a product of the post-prohibition Depression Era. Prohibition was repealed in ...
Information about heirloom rocker6/14/2005
  Q: I inherited this chair from my Grandparents, I was told that it belonged to my Great Grandmother but ...
  A: Renee – Your rocker is a factory made piece from the first quarter of the 20th century. It appears ...
maddox reproductions6/14/2005
  Q: I have 2 maddox pieces in my family.One is a chippendale mohogany slant front secretary desk(mint ...
  A: Tonya - Here is the website for the history of the company. ...
Reclining chairs6/12/2005
  Q: I have two chairs that came from a church that is 120yrs old. The name on the chairs "The Wylie ...
  A: Fred – Interestingly enough I couldn't find any reference material on a company in Indiana called ...
rocking chair-vintage rockng horse6/3/2005
  Q: sent you pics and wondering what you could tell me about them. did you receive them? like to know ...
  A: Sandy - Yes I got the photos. Thank you. The horse appears to be a fairly modern piece, maybe 1960s ...
Antique Seth Thomas Wood Mantel Clock6/2/2005
  Q: I have a antique Seth Thomas Clock, I was trying to find out how old it is. It belonged to my Grand ...
  A: Betty - Without a photo and a serial number it is impossible to tell much about your clock. With ...
Estimated selling price on a 2 part dresser6/2/2005
  Q: I own a 2 part dresser that is made of Jamaica oak, it measures seven and a half high, 48 inches ...
  A: Nicole - It is impossible to say with the information you have given. How old is the dresser? What ...
The Booth Company6/1/2005
  Q: Are you familiar with the Booth company...Chicago Illinois? I have and old phonograph table/ record ...
  A: Deborah - Unfortunately I am not familiar with the Booth Co and the definitive book on the subject ...
Stiehl Furniture - Dresser5/30/2005
  Q: I have a dresser that is stamped with "Hickory Mfg. Co." but also has a "Stiehl Furniture New York" ...
  A: Ginger - I believe Hickory is the maker and Stiehl is the retailer. The piece on the website you ...
Antique Secretary5/29/2005
  Q: I have not been able to learn anything about this desk. It belonged to my grandmother. On the back ...
  A: Ginny – It is always tempting to identify any piece of oak furniture made around the turn of the ...
Berkey and Gay dining table5/29/2005
  Q: We have a Berkey and Gay dining table. The table originally belonged to Admiral George Dewey ...
  A: Henry - To establish a solid provenance you need hard copy paperwork like a bill of sale to the ...
Barrister Bookcases5/27/2005
  Q: Taylor: I just read your article on Globe-Wernicke Company. My question is are there any current ...
  A: Michael - Most of the recently produced bookcases that I have seen are less than high quality. I do ...
Furniture5/24/2005
  Q: I have been searching the web to find information about furniture I have with plate ( tag ) that ...
  A: Betty – The “founded in 1866” part of the label may be a stretch of the truth. John A. Colby & Sons ...
Singer Sewing Machine Table5/19/2005
  Q: I have an oak Singer sewing machine table and am curious of the value. It does not include the ...
  A: Fawn - Without the machine, the lower cover, the spring hardware, the leather belt and the treadle ...
Lamp5/16/2005
  Q: I have a lamp made by PGH Statuary Company. It is an electirc, plug in lamp but I am unable to find ...
  A: Julie - My area of expertise is the identifictaion of American antique furniture so my knowledge of ...
Scholle's of Chicago chair5/16/2005
  Q: I have a wooden dining room chair -very ornate- with cushion seat. A gold plate underneath the seat ...
  A: Scholle's of Chicago is the successor firm of a partnership formed in 1869 between John Colby and ...
Cavalier Cedar Chest5/15/2005
  Q: I was given a Cavalier cedar chest to repair/refinish. Has the brass tag on the inside and markings ...
  A: Tim - Here is a website with a little info about Cavalier. ...
Queen Victoria Pressback Arm Chair5/15/2005
  Q: Are you familiar with an old Press Back arm Chair, with turned spindle legs and stretchers, with a ...
  A: Anne - I will be happy to take a look at the chair and share any information I can about it. ...
antique chairs5/14/2005
  Q: I have a chair and rocking chair set , the label reads " Lifetime Furniture Grand Rapids Bookcase ...
  A: Lisa – “Lifetime' was a famous trade name used by Grand Rapids Bookcase & Chair Co. The company was ...
Antique desk??5/12/2005
  Q: I found an old style desk. It is small. The seat of the chair is very small and has carvings on the ...
  A: Nicole - As I am sure you have found out, Habersham Plantation is a design firm and furniture maker ...
The Globe-Wernicke Company5/9/2005
  Q: I have recently acquired 6 barrister bookcases labels intact with top and feet. cases are Size D12 ...
  A: 05/12/05 Rosa Lee – The Globe-Wernicke Company was formed in 1904 when Otto Wernicke, owner of ...
Federal Mirror5/9/2005
  Q: Purchased a mirror represented as a federal period piece. The dealer is reputable. Bought the ...
  A: Marc - What would seem to be the most obvious clue, the glass, probably isn't because most likely it ...
edwardian chairs5/3/2005
  Q: I saw a chair today marked Edwardian.It was also marked circa 1900.I thought Edwardian was before ...
  A: Antonia - The Edwardian period or Edwardian era is genrally considered to be the period 1901 to ...
Trying to identify old chairs5/2/2005
  Q: I am sending you some pictures of two chairs that I have. I have no idea what they are, where they ...
  A: Michelle - I could not find any similar chairs in my reference material. I can tell you they are ...
Berkey and Gay bedroom set5/2/2005
  Q: I have a Berkey and Gay 3 piece bedroom set. Chest of drawers with 10 drawers, swing mirror, glass ...
  A: Hollee - The best way to get an idea of the value of the set in your area is to go some local ...
Antique Drop-Front Secretary4/16/2005
  Q: Sir: I have an old drop-front secretary with a hutch: the hutch has glass doors. On the back was ...
  A: Gary - The furniture industry in Rockford, IL was most active in the 1920s and 1930s. If you can ...
chest on chest dresser4/14/2005
  Q: i purchased a chest on chest dresser 20yrs ago.this dresser has a lable on the back that says made ...
  A: Steve - I could find no useful information on Taylor-Jamestown Corp. Here is a link to the history ...
antique Dining Table4/14/2005
  Q: I am lookng to find any information i can on this table ( year made, company, and possibly value) i ...
  A: Joe - Your table and chairs are in the Italian provincial style and finish popular in the 1970s. The ...
Antique steamer trunk4/12/2005
  Q: I have a steamer trunk that was patiented in Richmond Va by HW Rountree & Bro. Trunk & Bag Co. ...
  A: Laurie - I can't help you with that. My area of experise is American antique furniture and my ...
tea set4/9/2005
  Q: i know that your profile doesnt say anything bout tea sets, but you were the closest that i could ...
  A: Cathey - I can't help you with the tea set but if you post it in the "silver" category on this site ...
bookcase4/8/2005
  Q: i have a small bookcase (4 shelves, 4'tall x 2'wide). on the back is a label that says 'Frank and ...
  A: Brenda - Frank and Son was a small New York manufacturer in the early 20th century but that's all I ...
Antique Dinig set - Berkey and Gay4/3/2005
  Q: I saw your response re: B& G chairs - I found a set with 8 legged table, 3 leafs, 5 side chairs + ...
  A: Sari – What you asking is way beyond the scope of this forum. Most of B & G is very high quality but ...
How to find out what kind of furniture I have and how old?3/27/2005
  Q: Taylor, I recently inherited dining room furniture that was originally my great aunts. However I am ...
  A: Margie - I will be happy to take a look at your set and share any information I can. You can send ...
folding canvas bed3/26/2005
  Q: However back on line now and I have the folding bed in my posession, unlike before. It is a ...
  A: I will be happy to look at photos of the bed. However, the fact that it has "reg" numbers instead of ...
Secretary desk - Maddox Tables Jamestown NY -3/23/2005
  Q: I have a (looks like cherry wood) secretary desk that was a gift to my family some years ago. On ...
  A: Mary - Maddox was maker of higher medium quality Colonial Revival reproductions. Their designs were ...
I have a pie safe which has...3/23/2005
  Q: I have a pie safe which has tin in all top panels. Tin is intact but somewhat rusty. Safe has pair ...
  A: Ann - I'm sure it does has some value but without further information I can't help you. I need to ...
Bed frame from the fur trade era3/22/2005
  Q: Taylor! I have been recently given an old hand carved headboard and footboard of a bed from what ...
  A: James – Your bed is in the Renaissance Revival style, a style that was popular in America from ...
old scale3/21/2005
  Q: I have this old scaleI will send you a picture of it. I am interested in finding out its worth and ...
  A: April - I can't help you with that. My area of expertise is American antique furniture but here is a ...
Old Rocking Chair3/20/2005
  Q: We are trying to identify a rocking chair we bought at an estate auction. We believe it is possibly ...
  A: 03/23/05 Scot and Cheryl – I have been carefully studying your rocker and I can find no evidence ...
antique ice boxes3/19/2005
  Q: I have found an old four door oak ice box with wood slat shelves. The manufacturer name is McCray ...
  A: Jayne - McCray is a pretty famous name in the ice box world. Most of the real expensive McCrays are ...
Esty Pump Organ3/17/2005
  Q: How can I find out more about the Esty Pump Organ, serial number 48118 which I bought on impulse? ...
  A: Tom - Estey Organ Co was started in 1866 by Julius Estey, son of Jacob who founded the Estey Piano ...
rocking chair3/16/2005
  Q: I recently purchased my first antique in Duluth, MN. It is a pressed back rocking chair. I was ...
  A: Kim – I couldn't tell from the photos what wood your chair is made from. Normally you expect a chair ...
George Hunzinger Table3/13/2005
  Q: In storage, I have uncovered an old family flip-top table. One side has faded green felt, which I ...
  A: Gail - George Hunzinger was one of America's most innovative furniture designers. He was German born ...
bedroom furniture3/13/2005
  Q: looking for value on a old waterfall bedroom set.double bed, 2 night stands, 1 high boy dresser and ...
  A: Bonnie - The term "waterfall" simply refers to the rounded front edge of the case goods. That was ...
antique rocker ??3/11/2005
  Q: We are trying to identify a rocker we bought at an estate auction. We believe it is carved out of ...
  A: Stephanie and Kevin - I believe your rocker is made of oak - at least the carved back portion and ...
1948 or 49 Lane Mahogney Hope Chest3/9/2005
  Q: My mother has a Lane Hope Chest she got when she was married. I was wondering what this is worth? It ...
  A: Debbie - It depends on the style, configuration and wood. Plainer Lane chests sell for between $50 - ...
Late 18th-Century American Banqueting Table3/8/2005
  Q: Some years ago, my wife and I purchased a multi-part banqueting table from a reliable dealer in ...
  A: Ranolph - What you are missing is the center section that had legs, skirt and top in one unit. Since ...
Tables3/8/2005
  Q: I'm currently considering purchasing a 5-leg table that has several leaves. One is ash and the other ...
  A: Alan - Dining tables with built in extension slides are a new form in furniture, relatively ...
dresser3/4/2005
  Q: i have a dresser that was given to me. inside the drawer it says pendleton on top and then irwin in ...
  A: Kelley - The manufacturer is the Robert W. Irwin Co of Grand Rapids. Robert Irwin started his ...
Victorian Murphy Bed3/2/2005
  Q: Fred, We purchased an antique murphy bed recently. The people we bought it from said it belonged ...
  A: Dean - I got the photos. Thank you. Do you have a question about the bed? Fred Taylor Dean - The ...
Van Stee Corp. Bed3/2/2005
  Q: I have a bed with a tag on the headboard and footboard that is from the Van Stee Corp.Jamestown,N.Y. ...
  A: Kris - Van Stee started in Jamestown in 1906 and became quite successful at specialty bedmaking. ...
Finch Fine Furniture3/1/2005
  Q: I have a 5 drawer chest of drawers with a pressed gold seal inside that says Finch Fine Furnitre. Is ...
  A: Cathy - I have never been able to find solid information on Finch Fine Furniture. There are several ...
Rocking chair2/28/2005
  Q: Fred: I have been given a rocking chair that is said to be valuable, however I do not have the name ...
  A: Bryan - Your chair is in the Arts and Crafts style from around the time of WWI. It is very much in ...
Manufacturer/Approx. Date2/28/2005
  Q: Years ago my mother handed down to me a wooden stool (perhaps a vanity stool) with the number ...
  A: Susan - The number is probably a model number or set number and there is no way to track it from ...
antique rope bed needs rope2/27/2005
  Q: I have an antique rope bed that I have refinished and is ready to assemble. However, I do not know ...
  A: Sandra - I think you may have a bed that actually is made of parts from two beds. A rope bed has to ...
Wannamaker Mahogany bedroom set2/25/2005
  Q: I have a bedroom set purchased at Wannamakers in New York in the 1940's. The dressers have a label ...
  A: Dennis - Wannamakers had a history of selling high quality furniture but it almost never carried the ...
1920-1930;s mahagony table2/24/2005
  Q: I am trying to find out about my grandmother's table which I have been using for several years. It ...
  A: Virginia - I used to own a dining table that had a leaf like that so I know exactly what you are ...
queen ann love seat2/24/2005
  Q: I have a queen ann love seat that I am told is over one hundred years old. Unfortunately the front ...
  A: Judy - Everything has some value but it sounds like the condition of the love seat is a problem. The ...
stickley bros2/17/2005
  Q: I have a dining table, 6 chairs and a sideboard that are labeled stickey bros, and are painted ...
  A: Karin - It is entirely possible that the paint is original. In 1914 Stickley Bros hired Japanese ...
Rocking Chair2/16/2005
  Q: Taylor - please excuse my lack of knowledge on this, I really don't know the terms. I have an old ...
  A: Ellen – Your chair was made around the turn of the 20th century. Fancy inlay work was very popular ...
Globe Wernicke Bookcase2/15/2005
  Q: Mr. Taylor We recently purchased a 5 piece Globe Wernicke Bookcase.Grade 299. 1) I would like to ...
  A: George – I regret the delay in responding to your original question. Thanks for the excellent ...
old vanity2/14/2005
  Q: I have an old vanity that I have had at least 25 years. It has written on the inside of one of the ...
  A: Elaine - Jamestown Table Co is listed in the 1929 book of furniture manufactueres in "American ...
antique rocking chair2/14/2005
  Q: This rocking chair has been in our family for many years. The earliest knowledge I have of it is ...
  A: Allyson - The photo is very blurry and indistinct so I don't have a real good look at the chair. ...
antique wicker like furniture2/12/2005
  Q: Fred, I have a love seat and chair made from a material similar looking to wicker, but not. I've ...
  A: Stephen - What you have is called "paper wicker". PAPER FIBRE RUSH wicker is a man-made paper ...
1876 Roll Top Desk and Secretary - American2/10/2005
  Q: I would like to have some idea of the value of this piece. I would like to sell it locally and have ...
  A: Mary - I really can't help you without seeing a photo of the piece. There are just too many ...
Antique buffet2/9/2005
  Q: I am considering purchasing a 1920's vintage oak buffet. Solid wood with some quartersawn panels. ...
  A: Noelle - Without seeing the piece I cannot say whether that is a fair price or not. I have never ...
Berkey and Gay dresser2/8/2005
  Q: My wife and I recently purchased this Berkey and Gay dresser and we would like to find out as much ...
  A: Tim – Your dresser was made right after World War I, probably in the late teens to early 1920s. This ...
smokers chest2/7/2005
  Q: Just wondering how old this smokers table is..and how much it's worth.
  A: Karen - All I can tell about the table is that it is definitely 20th century. The bottom panels are ...
origin of draw leaf table2/6/2005
  Q: I traded for a draw leaf table several years ago. There are no markings or identifying traits on ...
  A: Leroy – The draw table was developed in England in the 16th century. The form faded in the early ...
antique chairs2/4/2005
  Q: I have 3 chairs and a poker table made of solid oak. The chairs are foldup with patent#s with a ...
  A: SAyble - Rastetter was a manufacturer of folding chairs and tables in the 1920s through the 1940s in ...
Antique Dinning room set2/3/2005
  Q: If this dinning set is antique, where did it come from, and value approx. Pictures have been sent ...
  A: Tim - I am currently not in my office. I will get back to you early next week. Fred Tim – The ...
ice box with numbers 945 81622/1/2005
  Q: Fred, I am trying to identify an ice box that has been in my family for years I believe it to be ...
  A: Mark - I am sorry but I have no information on your icebox. I am not familiar with the brand ...
looking for the style and app. value1/30/2005
  Q: I've had this china cabinet from my grandmother, and I'm looking to sell it, I will send you a ...
  A: Linda - I look forward to receiving the photos. Thanks. Fred Taylor Linda – The overall style ...
"mother and infant" bench1/28/2005
  Q: I need to find out about this bench. More specifically, about the removeable "railing" that allows ...
  A: Zach – Your bench is called a “Mammy bench”, a form that dates from the 19th century and the railing ...
ed roos cedar chest1/27/2005
  Q: i asked a question about my ed roos cedar chest the worth or maybe the date it was made any info i ...
  A: Rachel – Ed Roos managed to stay in business during the Depression and finally closed in 1951. Your ...
furniture1/26/2005
  Q: I have a very large sideboard - it is in fact two pieces that are made to fit together. The top has ...
  A: Pat - You obviously have an English sideboard. McKeon's was probably the retailer. I will be happy ...
antique baby carraige1/23/2005
  Q: I found an old baby carriage in a house my cousin bought. My husband is going to throw it out soon ...
  A: Debbie - My area of expertise is American antique furniture so I am out of my league here but your ...
two items, table and box (Andy)1/21/2005
  Q: I have two items: a table and a box. Both purchased in England, UK by my late father. I think the ...
  A: Andy - The box does appear to be an English, Scottish or Welsh coal box, made of oak with what ...
Rocker1/18/2005
  Q: I've enclosed pictures of this large, handsome rocker that I inherited from my half-aunt. I don't ...
  A: Syl – This chair is a remnant of the Arts and Crafts movement although it came much later than the ...
Oak Rocker1/18/2005
  Q: Can you please tell me about this oak rocker (style, age, etc.) and how I should price it if I were ...
  A: Syl - Your rocker is made of quarter sawn oak, also called tiger oak. It is from the "Golden Oak" ...
ED ROOS CEDAR CHEST1/17/2005
  Q: I JUST BOUGHT AN ED ROOS CEDAR CHEST ITS FAIRLY PLAIN BUT STILL HAS THE PAPER TAG ATTACHED TO THE ...
  A: Rachel - E.R chests are among the very best. If you can send me some photos I may be able to date it ...
upright piano & old wood bookcase1/15/2005
  Q: I am not sending a photo at this time. I actually have two questions. First, I have an J. ...
  A: Connie - According to the Pierce PIano Atlas your piano was made in 1899. Here are a couple of sites ...
Art Deco 1923 Bedroom set1/15/2005
  Q: I am writing regarding my furniture I purchased last year on Ebay. I'd like to know a little more ...
  A: Justin – Your bedroom suite is typical of many sets made in the mid 1920s. However, it is not Art ...
antique spool bed1/14/2005
  Q: I own and use an antique spool bed but I would like to put a regular box spring and mattress in it ...
  A: Jennifer – Most spool beds are generally a product of the mid 19th century and later. One variation ...
Rocking Chair1/11/2005
  Q: I am trying to identify an old rocking chair that I have. I can send you a picture. You can see it ...
  A: 01/12/05 Matt – Your oak rocker was factory made in the early 20th century, 1915 or so. Hard to say ...
turned rope bed1/11/2005
  Q: We found this bed in a grandparents basement. We have never seen it used. It is interesting because ...
  A: Dan - Rope beds came into general use in this country in the 18th century. Early beds were assembled ...
Antique marble Bar1/10/2005
  Q: Recently, my husbands family has sold a restaurant that was in the family for over 40 years. In the ...
  A: Jen - I suggest you contact Patty Williams at Wooden Nickel Auction in Lebanon, OH, just outside ...
Identify Make Manufacture Type Rocking Chair1/10/2005
  Q: Fred, I have a old rocking chair with a unique design. Been in the family for years. I am sending ...
  A: Scott – Your rocker is a Windsor chair, meaning the upper portion of the chair and the lower ...
What eria,is it worth anything?1/9/2005
  Q: I know what it is but what time frame was it made and is it worth anything, I know that you will ...
  A: Peggy - That is a really cool contraption. It is typical of the late Victorian/turn of the century ...
Antique rocking chair1/7/2005
  Q: I have an old rocking chair with an interesting design element that I'd like more information on. It ...
  A: Roy – Your rocker is an example of the venerable Boston rocker. It first appeared in New England the ...
Duncan Phyffe table1/6/2005
  Q: I have a Duncan Phyffe (spelling?) table that was left to me by my mother and I have no idea how old ...
  A: Christine - Duncan Phyfe was a Scottish cabinetmaker who worked in New York in the late 1700s and ...
Display cabinet1/6/2005
  Q: I have recently bought a house was an old schoolhouse dating back to 1836 which had a few items of ...
  A: Pauline – The cabinet is a walnut veneer Queen Anne china cabinet, probably English, from the 1930s ...
antique furniture trends1/5/2005
  Q: Taylor, I'm a business reporter at the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo. I'm working on an article on a ...
  A: Erin – I am afraid I am not qualified to answer your question. My involvement with antique furniture ...
Berkey & Gay Dining Chairs1/5/2005
  Q: I have a set of 5 dinding chairs that I am wondering what the value is, for selling and how I would ...
  A: Angela – You are missing at least one chair from your set. It is true that many Depression era ...
ANTIQUE HUTCH OR BUFFET CHINA CAB.1/3/2005
  Q: WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THIS HUTCH OR WHAT DO YOU CALL IT? IT IS 84"LONG 78" HIGH VERY HEAVE. THE ...
  A: Barbara - The photos you sent don't tell me much. The hutch appears to be a fairly new imported ...
antique non-electric clothes dryer1/3/2005
  Q: A friend has ran across a clothes dryer that has wooden slates where they placed their clothes. It ...
  A: Lily - Racks for drying clothes have been in use for centuries. My mother used one when when I was a ...
Globe Wernicke Co/Brown's Disc Record Cabinet1/1/2005
  Q: I am interested in finding out as much information as possible about the above mentioned cabinet. ...
  A: Pam - I would be very interested in seeing this cabinet. I can provide you lots of information about ...
identifying wood type12/31/2004
  Q: Taylor I've just bought a bed because I fell in love with the wood and I'm wondering how I might ...
  A: Linda - Without a photo I cannot identify the wood. However, the lack of distinctive grain pattern ...
Stickley furniture12/27/2004
  Q: We have a garage full of antiques mostly made by stickley, We would like to auction,sell as much as ...
  A: Laurie – Your best bet is to work with an auctioneer in a larger town. Contact several by phone and ...
identification of chair12/20/2004
  Q: I bought some Corbu-design chairs at an estate auction - I have been having trouble finding a ...
  A: Kim - Corbu, short for Le Corbusier (October 6, 1887–August 27, 1965), was the pseudonym of Charles ...
Info on Lane "Modern" coffee table and end table12/18/2004
  Q: Fred, I just bought a Lane coffee table, style 900-91, serial 465120, wood, with swing out under ...
  A: JC - Unfortunately I do not have access to Lane style books. If you can send me some photos of the ...
candylong@comcast.net12/14/2004
  Q: Years ago I heard about a recipe to clean antique marble. I have a piece of marble with rust & ...
  A: Candy - I am not familiar with that recipe. A recipe that I have used successfully follows: Cut up a ...
Restoring Tunbridgeware boxes, tea caddies etc.12/13/2004
  Q: Taylor, I am researching the ins & outs of restoring antique boxes by the elderly, for my charity. ...
  A: John - Unfortunately I am not aware of any source for these interiors. Since period Tunbridgeware ...
Antique Desk12/12/2004
  Q: Taylor: I purchased a desk a few years ago, I was actually looking for something very different, ...
  A: Audrey – Your desk is from the late 19th century or perhaps even the early 20th century and is part ...
antique rocker12/11/2004
  Q: I have an old, armless rocker which is small. the rectangular back has an upholstered center section ...
  A: Anna - Your description of the chair was very good but it could fit several periods and styles of ...
Globe Wernicke Bookcase12/11/2004
  Q: I have a Globe Wernicke bookcase with the numbers A-C double D 8 1/2 Pattern 2308 + Grade 598 1/2 ...
  A: Joanne - I am assuming that this is a "double wide" stacking bookcase since there are three sections ...
1930's furniture12/8/2004
  Q: I need to know what tpye of furniture I have, as in who made it. I also need to know how old it is. ...
  A: Chris - I will be happy to share any information I have if you can send me some photos of the set. ...
Chippendale highboy12/7/2004
  Q: I have a question about the "centerpiece” which looks like a pea with waves or leaves around it. ...
  A: Faren - There were a number of purely decorative motifs used in Chippendale styling. Most frequently ...
Maddox desk11/30/2004
  Q: I have my fathers Maddox desk. It must be about 60 years old. Pattern number 4787 - antique ...
  A: Sue - Maddox was the maker of some very fine reproduction furniture. However, it was mass produced ...
folding chair11/28/2004
  Q: recently i found a old folding chair. i wanted to give it a new finish and when i start sanding the ...
  A: Javier - The only thing I can find about Ferguson is that they were located in Hoboken, NJ. I have ...
Marble and Shatluck Chair11/27/2004
  Q: I have an "old" deskchair that I am looking to replace. Before discarding it, I considered that it ...
  A: Marble and Shattuck was a well known chair maker in Cleveland in the late 19th and early 20th ...
identify parlor set11/24/2004
  Q: We are trying to identify the style and period of this parlor set. There are two facing doves in the ...
  A: Lois – The first thing I noticed is the three pieces of the set do not compose a three piece set. ...
antique or not11/24/2004
  Q: Can you tell me about what era the 5 piece bedroom set is? It is two-tone and has some painted ...
  A: Bernadette - I will be happy to share any information I have. Send photos as .jpg files to me at ...
Birds Eye Maple bedroom set11/20/2004
  Q: My mother has a birds eye maple bedroom set (queen size bed with head board, woman's dresser, 6 ...
  A: Sandy - I would need lots more information to help you with that. The queen size bed is a plus but ...
SECRETERIAL11/18/2004
  Q: I BOUGHT THE SECRETERIL DESK FROM A FRIEND AND THE DESK HAS 3 DRAWERS FOLD DOWN DESK AND THE TOP HAS ...
  A: Jorge - Your desk is called a bookcase secretary. The way to start is to send me some photos of the ...
Valuation needed11/17/2004
  Q: Hope you will be able to tell me whether the attached photos of furniture are worth anything. Or ...
  A: Jean - You can send photos to me as .jpg files at fmtaylor@aol.com You must send them as attachments ...
henredon11/16/2004
  Q: I am trying to find an approximate value for a Henredon Bedroom set. The set consists of a long nine ...
  A: Chris - While Henredon is good quality furniture, your set is not old enough to have any collector's ...
furniture designers11/14/2004
  Q: is it possible for you to name three or four famous designers who issued books of furniture styles, ...
  A: The three most famous designers who issued books, all English by the way, were Thomas Chippendale, ...
Berkey and Gay table11/14/2004
  Q: I have a small table that looks like birdseye maple.. Legs are spindle type and the top is drop ...
  A: Joan = Berkey & Gay was one of America's foremost furniture makers. A brief history of the company ...
I have a desk. the label...11/12/2004
  Q: I have a desk. the label says its from Maddox Tables Jameston, NY Pattern No: 487821 (hard to ...
  A: Ed - Your assumption is pretty accurate. Maddox pieces are well made and are very good reproductions ...
furniture11/10/2004
  Q: Could you please tell me what you are suppose to look for when assessing the genuineness of a piece ...
  A: Sorry but that is way beyound the scope of this forum. I will be happy to recommend a number of ...
I have an antique desk that...11/10/2004
  Q: I have an antique desk that I would like to sell, but I don't know enough about it to even fill out ...
  A: Sherry - Your desk is called a "drop front" or "fall front" lady's writing desk. The style was ...
roll top desk11/9/2004
  Q: My wife and I recently acquired a roll top desk with a stamp in 2 of the drawers. The stamps say ...
  A: Mark - Cutler is the granddaddy of all roll top desks. The first American patent for a roll top was ...
How old is this thing?11/8/2004
  Q: My Mother-in-law has a piece of furniture that she calls a deacon's bench. We cannot place how old ...
  A: Nikki – Your bench is made of white oak. The fancy upper portion is done in quarter cut oak, also ...
antique desk11/8/2004
  Q: We own a desk that is supposed to be antique.. but.. I have not been able to find any information ...
  A: Tine - The photos you sent were too dark and too red for me to be able to tell much about the desk. ...
table11/6/2004
  Q: I have a table about the size of a end table that has a removable tray top. is this an old table i ...
  A: Donna - Without seeing a photo of the table it is impossible to tell you how old it may be. However, ...
2-tiered round mahogany table11/2/2004
  Q: My mother has a 2-tiered round mahogany table with raised scroll work around edges and claw feet ...
  A: Betty - Your table is called a "dumbwaiter". The style is usually Chippendale and it is referred to ...
We recently purchased a small...11/1/2004
  Q: We recently purchased a small oak mission desk. It has three draws on the right side. The mystery ...
  A: Ken - I will be happy to help any way I can but I need to see the desk. Can you send me some photos? ...
Dinning table10/25/2004
  Q: I am looking to buy this table that I saw but the owner didn't know the age of it. She said it was ...
  A: Kim – The owner was referring to a “Duncan Phyfe” table. This is an erroneous reference to the early ...
what type of chair10/24/2004
  Q: have looked at a lot of sites and found nothing similar have included a picture with seperate ...
  A: Mandi - My initial impression is that this is a 1970s chair but the padding looks like cotton which ...
piano stool10/24/2004
  Q: Do you have any information on a H.Holtzman& Sons of Columbus,Ohio piano stool? The stool is a ...
  A: Kathy - Holtzman does not show in my reference material. Stools like this were commonly produced in ...
The Mahogany Association10/23/2004
  Q: We have recently acquired a " chinoisery" style table, black lacquer borders, hand painted base with ...
  A: Valerie - The “Mahogany Association” was not a company but a reaction to events. Around the turn of ...
Antique School Desk10/20/2004
  Q: I have sent you 2 emails asking a simple question and both were deleted without being read. I have ...
  A: Peggy - Because of the virus situation and because my e-mail address is publicly available, my ...
Furniture made with straw10/19/2004
  Q: My mom recently gave me a heirloom chair that is filled with straw.The chair is covered with ...
  A: Lori - If the chair was stored in a barn there are a number of reasons that it might smell but the ...
Antique Oak Roll-Top Desk10/17/2004
  Q: I have a S roll top desk that is possibly over a hundred years old. It has 4 drawers on the right ...
  A: Russ - Age, condition, size, configuration and wood are the main components of the price of a roll ...
Platform Rocking Chair10/15/2004
  Q: I have inherited a platform rocking chair from family and am wondering who manufactured this piece ...
  A: Kimberly - Without a manufacturer's label or mark it is almost imposssible to determine who made the ...
Antique desk10/15/2004
  Q: I have an old desk that belonged to my grandmother. It could be from the 1920' or 1930's. Can you ...
  A: Dennis - The best way to start is to send me some good clear photos of the desk. Include an overall ...
repair and refinish10/14/2004
  Q: I have several Singer Featherweight tables in various state of repair. How much repair and or ...
  A: Hal - Unfortunately I am not familiar with Sears Featherweight tables. I assume you are talking ...
Old Rocking Chair's Age10/13/2004
  Q: Hey Fred- My wife brought home an old rocking chair that we are re-covering and staining. We are ...
  A: Eric - The chair obviuosly has been altered over the years so it is impossible for me to tell about ...
Dining Room Set10/13/2004
  Q: My Mother in law has a complete dining room set, table, hutch/console and server which was purchased ...
  A: Maryanne - I can't determine the age or value yet. I need some more information. To the best of my ...
Rocking Chair10/10/2004
  Q: I need to know if this rocker has any value other than its intrinsic utility value. In other words ...
  A: Michael - Your press back rocker is a turn of the century model, mass produced in a factory. The ...
Plantation Desk10/7/2004
  Q: I have purchased what was called an oak plantation desk at a recent auction. It is approx 6 feet ...
  A: Tom - A true plantation desk typically did not have glass in the top section because the top was ...
Maddox Furniture10/5/2004
  Q: I have a secrtary desk with top 3 shelf cabinet glass doors. The desk itself a has four main draws ...
  A: Gary - Your bookcase/secretary is known as a Colonial Revival piece because the style was popular ...
furniture identification10/5/2004
  Q: I was recently given an old cabinet of some sort but cannot find identification of it. It is 4' ...
  A: Matt - It sounds like you have a turn of the century to 1920 time card or inventory bin from a ...
a Maddox server10/1/2004
  Q: Sorry, I am unable to send photos. Today at a yard sale I purchased a server. It has a black, ...
  A: Susan - Maddox was a well known maker of mostly Colonial Revival reproductions until the 1960s and ...
bed10/1/2004
  Q: i have come across a bed the only mark i see on it is (DK&CO) the bed may possibly made of walnut,it ...
  A: Tammy - I could not find an exact match for DK & CO. From the description of the bed it sounds like ...
loveseat9/30/2004
  Q: I'm sorry I do not have a photo yet; I just recieved this loveseat and am not sure if it is an ...
  A: Lori - Maxwell Royal does not appear in my list of American manufacturers from the early 20th ...
Folding Wire Mattress Bed9/25/2004
  Q: Can you give me a ballpark appraisel range for a wire mattress bed made in the 1880's I have also ...
  A: Jeff - Northwestern Wire Mattress Co. had its offices located in Chicago but the factory was located ...
rope bed9/24/2004
  Q: We have a rope bed which we just took apart in order to paint the room. Do you know the correct way ...
  A: Jean- There are several ways to do that depending on how the bed is designed. Take a look at this ...
table and chair set9/23/2004
  Q: I picked up a dinette set from an estate sale today for $20.00! It is solid maple with a beautiful ...
  A: Any set for $20 is a good deal. The stamp on the table probably refers to the expansion slide rather ...
Odor in Furniture9/21/2004
  Q: I recently acquired a lovely oak sideboard which belonged to my mother. In one of the drawers, she ...
  A: Twila - The smell you have is from the sulphur in the matches. Attached is article #87 from one of ...
roos ceder chest9/21/2004
  Q: How do i find out the value (if any) of the roos sweetheart ceder chest that i own?
  A: Tina - Most cedar chests sell in today's market in the $100-200 range, even the better ones. Check ...
Waterfall Dinning Suite9/21/2004
  Q: My husband and I recently inherited a dinning suite from the Waterfall collection. We are not sure ...
  A: Teresa - I am not familiar with the "Waterfall Collection". Is that a brand name, a style? Waterfall ...
buffet?9/20/2004
  Q: I have a small what looks like a buffet that the two small top drawers open and there are several ...
  A: Lisa - Your piece of furniture goes by several names including the ones you mentioned plus the term ...
Chippendale desk repair9/20/2004
  Q: Fred, I purchased a "rough" burled walnut chippendale desk and wanted to get it correctly repaired ...
  A: Wendy - I'm not sure I understand. Is the desk itself supposed to be "burl walnut"? If that is the ...
Antique Vanity9/20/2004
  Q: I purchased a vanity today from the 1920 circa. I have never seen a vanity like this and was ...
  A: Lisa - It certainly sounds like a pre Art Deco 1920s piece. You can verify that by removing the ...
Old Furniture9/19/2004
  Q: Taylor: My husband was given his grandmother old dresser to keep for our daughter, we don't have ...
  A: Grettel - Your piece is called a "three mirror vanity" and was one of the most widely made pieces of ...
History of wooden desk9/19/2004
  Q: Fred, I have a 36X22" wooden desk that is identified in the drawer as Knoxville Tables Table and ...
  A: Brenda - All I can find right now is that Knoxville Table and Chair Co was in business in Knoxville ...
Butler Table Clock9/18/2004
  Q: How do I know if it's original
  A: Susan - Not nearly enough facts. Brand name, description, age, photos? Send photos as .jpg files to ...
Old oak bed9/18/2004
  Q: I purchased an oak bed at an auction recently. The only thing I know about it is, one older lady ...
  A: Vicki – The bed appears to be a factory made piece from the early part of the 20th century, probably ...
Whether to refinish some furniture.9/18/2004
  Q: I've heard before that the value of "old" wooden furniture is partly determined by the existance of ...
  A: Becky – In order to preserve the value of an antique, first the piece actually has to be an antique ...
Info re: Rocker?????9/17/2004
  Q: ..any idea about a oak rocking chair that has a sticker on the bottom that says....Murphy 604 ...
  A: Helen - That would be the Murphy Chair Co of Owensburg, KY but that's all I can tell you without ...
Baby HJigh Chair9/16/2004
  Q: I have a very old baby high chair in great condition. It has what appears to be a carved Santa ...
  A: Ed - If you can send me some photos of the chair I will be happy to do some research. Send photos as ...
Lane Co. cedar chest9/16/2004
  Q: I have a Lane Co cedar chest (circa my guess 1949) would like to know the value and/or how to go ...
  A: Linda - If you can find the serial number of the chest here is the contact info at Lane. They will ...
cricket pig, or "pig stool"9/16/2004
  Q: Fred! My husband and I purchased a Pennsylvania Windsor Rocker at a flea market recently, and ...
  A: Christine – While that is an interesting story I am afraid that dealer saw your license plate from a ...
the year, and worth of this piece of furniture9/15/2004
  Q: I have a combination tv/radio/turntable encased in a blonde cabinet. one person tells me it may ...
  A: Dawn - Your entertainment center is most likely from the 1950s. There was very little blond ...
kitchen chairs9/15/2004
  Q: I have 4 metal kitchen chairs red on the seat and white on the back with silver legs.Can you tell me ...
  A: Carolyn - They sound like early to mid 1950s but without some photos I can't be sure. Send photos as ...
Antique Chair9/14/2004
  Q: I just bought an antique armchair described to me as a "1940's ladies bedroom chair victorian(?) ...
  A: Jodie - From your description it is impossible to tell the age or style of your chair. I will be ...
Mirror9/14/2004
  Q: My Grandmother gave me an old mirror. She could not tell me who it belonged to or how old it was or ...
  A: Jamie - Using old newspaper as a clue to date and origin is fraught with pitfalls. If you can send ...
A sofa and two chairs and a round table9/13/2004
  Q: Dont´t have a picture but what is unique about this furnitures is that each leg has a figure of a ...
  A: Steinunn - My area of expertise is American antique furniture so your descriptions of European ...
Coffee and end tables9/13/2004
  Q: Sorry I can't send a photo from where I'm at. Barton Tables, Grand Rapids, MI: Can you tell me ...
  A: Annette - Barton Cabinet Co began business in Grand Rapids in 1926. The company changed its name to ...
Is mine antique of value?9/13/2004
  Q: I have a very old dining room set made by Conan and Ball. I know very little about it except it has ...
  A: Joel - Conant-Ball was a respected manufacturer in Gardner, Mass from the mid 1800s to the mid ...
harmony house furniture9/12/2004
  Q: I have some Harmony House furniture, square coffee table, two two-tier end tables and a two tier ...
  A: Sahri - Harmony House was a Sears brand in the late 1950s but like so much of what Sears sold then ...
Cigar Stand9/12/2004
  Q: I have, what my grandmother called a "cigar stand." It has a top and between the top and the ...
  A: Kim - Your piece was known generically as a smoking stand. Smoking stands originally were popular ...
Farley & Loetscher cedar chest9/10/2004
  Q: I recently recieved a cedar chest stamped Farley & Loetscher Mfg. Co. inside. It was a wedding ...
  A: Sue - Farley & Loetscher Mfg. Co. was located in Dubuque, Iowa in the early 20th century. I do not ...
antique dresser9/4/2004
  Q: i have and antique dresser with mirrow don)t no if it is chippendale or whate has three draws four ...
  A: Ray - That's not quite enough information. Can you send me some photos of the dresser? Send photos ...
Regency Bamboo Armchairs9/2/2004
  Q: I just realise I have two early 19th C regency bamboo armchairs listed in a 1996 Miller's Antiques ...
  A: Paul - First I would have a dealer who is very familiar with early 19th century English furniture ...
Governor Winthrop desk9/2/2004
  Q: I have a reproduction of a Governor Winthrop Secretary. It has been handed down to me as a heritage ...
  A: Kathryn - The hidden drawers are located inside the fitted interior, either behind or under another ...
John Wanamaker Mahogany Chippendale Secretary9/1/2004
  Q: I am considering bidding in an on-line auction for a secretary listed as "1940's Chippendale ...
  A: Patricia - Sorry it took a couple of days for me to get back to you. We are fixing to be in the ...
Refinishing Lincoln Rocker8/31/2004
  Q: I have a small upholstered wooden rocker my grandmother gave me years ago. She told me she bought ...
  A: Patricia – If the rocker was professionally done, the finish probably is nitrocellulose lacquer. ...
Antique Chair8/31/2004
  Q: We have a family chair and I am trying to find another like it but I don't know what it is called ...
  A: Bob - For something that complicated you are going to have to send me some photos. Send photos as ...
Help with a chair8/29/2004
  Q: I purchased a furnished beach house built in the 1800's. One item I cannot seem to find any ...
  A: Melissa - I will be happy to take a look at your Taylor Chair Co. chair if you can send me some ...
Antique Soap Hollow Chair & Late 1800 25' runner multi color.8/29/2004
  Q: I Whould like your assistance in determining the price of 2 items, both were given to me by my late ...
  A: Kevin - I would be happy to take a look at the chair. While I prefer the .jpg format I can work with ...
Can you tell me any info about this piece?8/29/2004
  Q: I would just like any info about this piece. It seems to have something missing on top. There are ...
  A: Cathy – Your piece is a mahogany etagere from right around the turn of the century. It falls in the ...
piano date and value8/28/2004
  Q: we own an upright piano I would like to know how I can find the value of it.It is stamped ...
  A: Karen - First you need to know how old the piano is. You must locate the serial number on the harp ...
Cedar Chest: Care and History8/26/2004
  Q: My mother recently gave me a cedar chest she inherited from her great aunt. I am currently in the ...
  A: Evelyn – That's quite a cleaning concoction you found. Also quite unneccessary. You could get the ...
Mad-ox furniture company8/25/2004
  Q: I have some info on this company; began 1865; defunct 1900; became madox colonial productions; I ...
  A: Johnnie - The name "Mad-Ox" does not appear in any of my reference material. The closest is the ...
Reaser Furniture Company8/24/2004
  Q: I have a piece of furniture from the Reaser Furniture Company in Gettysburg. It is a china Hutch. ...
  A: I have looked for information on Reaser previously with little result. It is not listed in the ...
Rococ Dining Suite8/24/2004
  Q: Im not sure whether you can answer this but I have a Rococo, late victorian dining room suite which ...
  A: Michelle - I would need to see photos of the set to even start. Send photos as .jpg files to me at ...
Is my rocking chair an antique?8/24/2004
  Q: I have a beautiful Windsor rocking chair and I think it might be an antique: however, I have been ...
  A: Elizabeth - I will be happy to help you if I can. However, the odds of a Nichols and Stone piece ...
table and sideboard8/23/2004
  Q: I have an old table that opens with a crank for insertion of leaves. It's legs are spiral--about ...
  A: Lesa - My area of expertise is American antique furniture so I am not an expert on English ...
Standard Screen Cedar Chest8/22/2004
  Q: Did you ever hear back from the person who asked on 3/15 about an opening bid for a Standard Screen ...
  A: Dorothy - Unfortunately I did not hear back from that person and I did not have time in March and ...
Mahogany Bookcase8/21/2004
  Q: I hope this is an appropriate question in this forum. I found a bookcase found on ebay but ...
  A: Doug - I took a look at the eBay listing but was underwhelmed with the amount of details given or ...
hope chest/blanket box8/20/2004
  Q: We recently purchased an old hope chest or blanket box that is a 6 board pine chest. It is old ...
  A: Bob - Cut nails were in general use from the very early 1800s to around 1880 so that doesn't give us ...
GOOSENECK8/20/2004
  Q: I HAVE TWO GOOSE NECK ROCKERS THAT MY HUSBANDS GRANDMOTHER HAD. I THINK YOU PROBABLY KNOW WHAT ...
  A: Kay - Gooseneck or swan arm rockers have been popular in one form or another since the early 1800s. ...
Furniture8/19/2004
  Q: Can you please tell me how old furniture must be to fall into the "antique" classification Thank ...
  A: Johanne - Unfortunately I can't tell you because nobody actually knows. Everybody has their own ...
Antique End tables8/18/2004
  Q: What is the typical value for a set of 1920's vintage end tables? Each end tables are in good ...
  A: Rick - There is no typical value because there is no typical end table. Each item has to be ...
Mahogany Bedroom Set 1940/1950's era8/17/2004
  Q: I am considering purchasing a mahogany bedroom set from the 40's or 50's. It is in virtually mint ...
  A: Cheryl - The ornate style is absolutely no indication of American manufacture. Many styles, ornate ...
McDougall cupboard8/9/2004
  Q: do you have any info on cupboards call McDougall? I have a set that we took out of old house they ...
  A: Karen - McDougall was a very famous mid Western maker of cabinetry, especially Hoosier style ...
Bell Iin hutch8/9/2004
  Q: My wife found a hutch at a barn sale here in Rochester, NY. We found a bell mounted inside the hutch ...
  A: Bells mounted in, on and around kitchen and dining room furniture were used to summon servants at ...
bookcase8/9/2004
  Q: a few years ago i was given a bookcase inside it says LAWRENCIA PATENT NO 248.272 can you give me ...
  A: Dee - That's not quite enough to go on. can you give me a descrition, the age, the wod, the ...
Very Old Oak Hutch Table8/9/2004
  Q: I recently inherited what appears to be a very old hutch table. It's a chair that converts into a ...
  A: Kathy = I can't help you with the history of Colonial furniture. There have been a number of books ...
Folding Chair8/8/2004
  Q: I have a wooden, upholstered folding chair. The wood is in good condition, but the tapestry is about ...
  A: James - Right off the bat I don't find any reference to a school furniture company in Morris, IL. If ...
2 chairs8/8/2004
  Q: We bought 2 chairs last night at an auction. I have never seen any like these, they are oak framed ...
  A: Lu Anne - If you can provide me with some photos of the chairs I will be happy to help you. Send ...
Learning Antique Business8/8/2004
  Q: I collect coins , knives, and various cards. I always love to go into shops and look at old lamps, ...
  A: Mike - I really can't help you much. I am and never have been a dealer. I don't buy and sell ...
dresser8/7/2004
  Q: i have an old dresser that i purchased at the good will for a hundred dlls. i noticed that it has an ...
  A: Alfredo - Drexel is a very famous name in American traditional furniture. Here is a website with ...
Antique Bed8/7/2004
  Q: I have an old 4 poster twin bed with acorns at the top of the posts. It was originally designed to ...
  A: Penny - Rope beds were in general use as late as the Civil War. Most are "country" made and have not ...
Antique Knotty Pine Desk8/5/2004
  Q: Could you please provide me with some information (as much as possible) for the desk which can be ...
  A: Dana - Frankly that does not look like an antique desk to me. It looks like a custom made piece from ...
Dining room set8/4/2004
  Q: I have a dining room set to sell and I would like to know the style. There is a table with 4 side ...
  A: Saundra - I can't tell well enough from your description. The best thing is to send me some photos ...
old chair8/4/2004
  Q: I have an old chair and I don't have a clue what it is ...I bought it from an old couple 33 years ...
  A: Pat - Sure. Send photos as .jpg files to me at fmtaylor@aol.com. If you can send photos please ...
standing sewing chest8/3/2004
  Q: I have an old standing wooden sewing chest. One drawer and one swivel drawer for spools of thread. ...
  A: Gwen - If you can send me some photos of the sewing chest I may be able to help you determine the ...
Furniture8/2/2004
  Q: My husband and I just purchased a used dresser and would very much like to identify the period in ...
  A: Sarah - Jasper Wood preducts is not listed in my standard reference material but there were a number ...
Relates To Antique Metal Furniture8/1/2004
  Q: We recently purchased a bedroom dresser that looks like it is made of wood until you touch it, but ...
  A: Catherine - Metal furniture that looked like wood was very popular in the 1920s and 1930s. In fact ...
BERKEY & GAY7/31/2004
  Q: Have several pieces from a Dinning Room Set, including a 1) China Cabnet a 2) Buffett ...
  A: Patty - Most Berkey & Gay is very high quality but there is some later stuff that was not too good. ...
antique desk7/30/2004
  Q: I have a desk in the Queen Anne style (I think) that has a label on the back saying it was made by ...
  A: Janet - Bert Furniture is not listed in my refernce material of manufacturers. Can you send me some ...
Furniture Repair7/29/2004
  Q: What would you recommend? To sand or to strip Answer - What is the piece and what is your ...
  A: In that case you definitely have to strip the piece. Here is an excerpt from #27 of one of my ...
China Cabinet7/28/2004
  Q: We own a china cabinet and have a picture of it. The back of the cabinet has the numbers: 8572 - C ...
  A: Ron - You can send photos of the cabinet as .jpg files to me at fmtaylor@aol.com. Sorry I can't help ...
partner's desk7/28/2004
  Q: Does this desk sound like an antique? I believe the style is a pedestal/partner's desk; it's solid ...
  A: Laura - The Lemco name doesn't show in any of my reference material but the description of the desk ...
Furniture -chair set7/28/2004
  Q: I wonder if you could give me a ball-park idea about the age of a set of chairs received as a gift. ...
  A: Suji - They probably are Arts and Crafts Mission style chairs. The firm of Heywood Brothers merged ...
Teak sofa and chairs7/27/2004
  Q: I have a set of 3 chairs and a sofa that I think is from the 50s that could be Scandinavian Teak. ...
  A: Paul - You need to consult a local dealer in mid century/modern furniture for a price estimate. You ...
1896 Emerson piano -- how to describe?7/26/2004
  Q: I have an Emerson piano with the date 1896 stamped on the interior. Someone has committed the ...
  A: Marci - The date stamp of 1896 does not neccessarily mean the piano was made in 1896. The real key ...
file cabinet7/26/2004
  Q: We have an wood file cabinet normal height and weight for standard size files - 4 drawers - on the ...
  A: Carol - The key to the manufacturer is the "Y" and "E" on the front but this does not show in any of ...
Hoosier Cabinet7/26/2004
  Q: We recently purchased a hoosier cabinet that we are in the process of restoring. Although I have ...
  A: Diana - Unfortunately Hoosiers are not one of my great areas. However, you may be able to get some ...
Bassett dining room suit (antique)?7/26/2004
  Q: I have recently bought a Bassett dining room suit at an estate sale. I believe that it might be an ...
  A: James - It is unkikely that there are many Bassett dining sets that are antiques. The company itself ...
Baker's Cabinet7/23/2004
  Q: We recently were handed down a very old "baker's cabinet". I have searched many different sites ...
  A: Tina - Baker's cabinets are fairly common but still sell well at auction. Two recent ones I have ...
Make and Manufacturer7/22/2004
  Q: Fred, I recently refinished an old coat tree that has been in my family since at least the 1930's. ...
  A: Mark - The letters on the glass are from the glass company. S....M.....B....New York. If you cand ...
Luterma Chairs7/22/2004
  Q: I have aquired 4 chairs with Luterma stamped on the bottom. The only information I have found is ...
  A: Linda - I'm sorry I can't help you with that. My area of expertise is American antique furniture and ...
American ladderbacks7/22/2004
  Q: Back slats on American ladderbacks come in a variety of shapes. Some have a gently rounded top, ...
  A: Hans - Sorry to take so long to respond. Most ladderbacks traditionally have been very plain. The ...
Civil War era flip-top desk (secretary)7/20/2004
  Q: Fred: I spotted an interesting walnut secretary the other day; the dealer said it dated around the ...
  A: Connie - Furniture from the 1870s is certainly not rare and desks from this period, while ...
Berkey & Gay Bedroom Set7/20/2004
  Q: How do I find out the value of my Berkey & Gay bedroom set (or a ballpark figure)? I want to sell ...
  A: MaryLee - The value of your set depends on the age and condition. Berkey & Gay made some very fine ...
bedroom set7/19/2004
  Q: We have a wood bedroom set, bed frame, chest of drawers and dresser. It has carved bells with ...
  A: Val - The Liberty bell was a common theme in American factory furniture after World War II into the ...
folding snacktable surface needs repair7/19/2004
  Q: I have folding snack-tables from the Artex Company in Queens, NY. The formica top on one of the ...
  A: Ilene - I'm sorry I can't help you with this. My area of expertise is the identification of American ...
old traveling trunk7/19/2004
  Q: My father in law passed away recently and I have brought home an old trunk. It is approximately 2.5 ...
  A: Debra - I am sorry to say I can't help you with this question. My area of expertise is American ...
furniture7/19/2004
  Q: My mother-in-law recently gave us a small, dropleaf table that belonged to her mother and father. I ...
  A: Karen - I have been able to find surprisingly little about the history of Conant-Ball. I know the ...
Mad-ox or Maddox7/18/2004
  Q: What info or where can I find info about Mad-ox or Maddox Reproduction Furniture? Specifically ...
  A: Lisa - Maddox was a very well known maker of very good Colonial Revival reproductions in the ...
antique dresser7/17/2004
  Q: I purchased an old dresser which is in great condition except for a musty smell in drawers. Is there ...
  A: Terry - This is a very popular question. Below is article #87 in my syndicated series of monthly ...
Duncan Phyfe Table7/16/2004
  Q: I have an oval Duncan Phyfe table that is approximately 16 1/2 inches tall and 38 inches long and 21 ...
  A: Michele - Duncan Phyfe was a Scottish cabinetmaker who worked in New York in the late 1700s and ...
rocking chair,plate7/15/2004
  Q: Im stumped about the value of two items I have and cant seem to find a price, I have a rocking chair ...
  A: John - F. H. Conant's Sons, Inc was established in Camden, NY in 1851 so your chair could be 100 + ...
what's it worth and how to get it restored7/14/2004
  Q: I have a buffet server with a mirror on top. from what I have been told it is a northwind piece. it ...
  A: Joe - "Northwind" is the term used to designate a type of mythological face carving on late 19th ...
antique file cabinet7/13/2004
  Q: I am curious to find the date and any information concerning Wabash Cabinet Company. It is a four ...
  A: Brian - I cannot find any meaningful references in my library to Wabash Cabinet Company. It sounds ...
Background of furniture piece7/13/2004
  Q: Mr. Taylor, Hi! My fiancee and I just purchased a previously owned John Widdicomb china cabinet ...
  A: Brian and Sofia - Your best bet is to correspond directly with Widdicomb. Here is the website. ...
Mahogany Dining Room Set7/13/2004
  Q: I purchased a mahogany dining set from an estate sale. It was made by the Landstrom Furniture Corp. ...
  A: Jane - Most of the dining room furniture labeled by Landstrom was actually made by an affililate, ...
Clothes hamper6/30/2004
  Q: I have an old metal clothes hamper with a dutch girl(?) on the front.It has a label on inside that ...
  A: Taylor on “All Experts.” Unfortunately Mr. Taylor has been called out of town on an emergency and ...
what is it worth?6/29/2004
  Q: Have a Victor Talking Machine made in Camden N.J. Model VVXIV-102467E. It is dark wood in working ...
  A: Taylor on “All Experts.” Unfortunately Mr. Taylor has been called out of town on an emergency and ...
funiture appraisal6/29/2004
  Q: i am in possession of an enamel top kitchen table from the 1940's in good condition. just curious ...
  A: Taylor on “All Experts.” Unfortunately Mr. Taylor has been called out of town on an emergency and ...
jackson press6/29/2004
  Q: we have an old "press", a Jackson Press to be exact, and wondered how we judge the condition, age ...
  A: Taylor on “All Experts.” Unfortunately Mr. Taylor has been called out of town on an emergency and ...
antique dressing table6/29/2004
  Q: Fred, My father recently gave me an antique dressing table.(atleast I think thats what it is) I will ...
  A: Taylor on “All Experts.” Unfortunately Mr. Taylor has been called out of town on an emergency and ...
HIGHCHAIR/ROCKINGCHAIR6/28/2004
  Q: WE FOUND A WOODEN HIGHCHAIR/ROCHINGCHAIR MADE BY A COMPANY CALLED HAYWOOD BROTHERS AND WAKEFIELD ...
  A: Taylor on “All Experts.” Unfortunately Mr. Taylor has been called out of town on an emergency and ...
wood chairs6/28/2004
  Q: I have six wooden chairs. like maybe bar room chairs they have W.G.& E. Co on them and they are ...
  A: Taylor on “All Experts.” Unfortunately Mr. Taylor has been called out of town on an emergency and ...
Antique identafication6/28/2004
  Q: I recently purchased a Murphy type bed at auction. I am trying to determine the usual information ...
  A: Taylor on “All Experts.” Unfortunately Mr. Taylor has been called out of town on an emergency and ...
Antique Lamps6/28/2004
  Q: I have two antique lamps which I know belonged to my grandmother if not before her. One is "cookie ...
  A: Taylor on “All Experts.” Unfortunately Mr. Taylor has been called out of town on an emergency and ...
Chair that turns into a table.6/27/2004
  Q: I have a wooden piece of furniture that can be turned into a chair and there is a part on the ...
  A: Taylor on “All Experts.” Unfortunately Mr. Taylor has been called out of town on an emergency and ...
1850 corn sheller6/27/2004
  Q: my mother's father acquired this piece in vermont many years ago...is this worth keeping?...she's ...
  A: Taylor on “All Experts.” Unfortunately Mr. Taylor has been called out of town on an emergency and ...
old wooden box6/26/2004
  Q: I have purchased a wooden box that was said to be very old, on th inside of the lid it has on thin ...
  A: Taylor on “All Experts.” Unfortunately Mr. Taylor has been called out of town on an emergency and ...
1950 magnavox stereo/radio console6/26/2004
  Q: Taylor, I am hoping you can help me with pricing a 1950's magnavox stereo/radio. It was my ...
  A: Taylor on “All Experts.” Unfortunately Mr. Taylor has been called out of town on an emergency and ...
college logo rocker6/25/2004
  Q: i just bought a black rocker at a garage sale. it has a kent state university decal on it and gold ...
  A: Taylor on “All Experts.” Unfortunately Mr. Taylor has been called out of town on an emergency and ...
F.A. Whitney Carriage Co. Leominster.Mass6/24/2004
  Q: I have a doll carriage made of wood with a french style handle, oil cloth top which you can fold ...
  A: Taylor on “All Experts.” Unfortunately Mr. Taylor has been called out of town on an emergency and ...
antique furniture6/23/2004
  Q: My husband has a dinning room set that has been in his family for over 100 years. It seats six, it ...
  A: Taylor on “All Experts.” Unfortunately Mr. Taylor has been called out of town on an emergency and ...
60 year old mahogany buffett6/23/2004
  Q: I had a @60 year old mahogany buffett in my home that recently burned down. It was made by Carl ...
  A: Taylor on “All Experts.” Unfortunately Mr. Taylor has been called out of town on an emergency and ...
Old Toilets6/23/2004
  Q: I have recently removed a 2 piece toilet from my bathroom. It is stamped "Standard"/TIFFIN in one ...
  A: Taylor on “All Experts.” Unfortunately Mr. Taylor has been called out of town on an emergency and ...
twin bed6/23/2004
  Q: I was wondering if you could tell me anything about this bed I purchaced at a garage sale last ...
  A: Taylor on “All Experts.” Unfortunately Mr. Taylor has been called out of town on an emergency and ...
rocking chair w/ folding arms6/11/2004
  Q: I FOUND AN OLD ROCKING CHAIR AT A YARD SALE ,ITS WHAT I WOULD CALL AN 3/4 SIZE IT FOLDS FLAT BUT THE ...
  A: Dan - Can you send me some photos of the chair? That way I can do some research. Souinds like an ...
wood antique chest6/11/2004
  Q: Would you know what this is or what it was used for? http://hosting.picgoo.com/uploads/debs005.jpg ...
  A: Debbie - The piece is a Depression era piece but I can't tell what it was used for. How does it ...
Kiel Furniture6/11/2004
  Q: I have a table it is very long and it folds out from the inside. It has a sticker on the bottom of ...
  A: Bonnie - Kiel was a fairly well known maker of tables in the 1920s and 1930s. They were based in ...
Joseph Gerte table6/10/2004
  Q: I have a round mahogany coffee table with the name Joseph Gerte on it. It has a rose marble top and ...
  A: Maura - My reference material has no mention of Joseph Gerte. The table sounds like a mid 19th ...
my antique couch6/5/2004
  Q: i bought this piece about 11 or 12 yrs ago in the shape its in for 450.00 and its not in perfect ...
  A: Jeff - It could be much older than you think. There was a large variety of folding beds made at the ...
antique chair6/5/2004
  Q: I HAVE A CHAIR WITH A HINGED SEAT AND A NUMBER 8 STAMPED BEWEEN THE HINGES. THE SEAT RAISES TO ...
  A: Carla - Many chairs with storage below the seat were in use in the late 19th and early 20th century. ...
dining table and chairs5/30/2004
  Q: i have a table with eight chairs,I was told that it is a Duncan Phyfe,but then I was also told that ...
  A: Cheri - Duncan Phyfe was a Scotch cabinetmaker who worked in New York in the late 1700s and early ...
Style of chair?5/30/2004
  Q: I was wondering if you might help me identify an old chair that I have. I don't know how to describe ...
  A: Shannon - Long deep seats were more typical of the Depression Era than of the Victorian era. The ...
Lane Coffee Table5/29/2004
  Q: Looking for information on a Lane coffee table. Any information regarding time frame built and value ...
  A: Mike - I do not have access to Lane's catalog and style book so I can't help you by the numbers. If ...
Antique Table5/27/2004
  Q: A friend of mine wanted me to sell an old table for her on eBay, but she didn't know anything about ...
  A: Josh - The table is a sofa table designed for use behind a low backed couch or sofa in an open room. ...
dining room furniture5/22/2004
  Q: i purchased a dining room set at an auction.i am trying to find out more about it.it is a mohoganey ...
  A: Rebecca - My reference material does list Sherrill-Green in Statesville but it has no further ...
Dining/kitchen Chair5/9/2004
  Q: I was given an arm chair by a neighbor that is very heavy and it seems that the previous owners had ...
  A: Janet - Could it be S. Bent & Bros? That was famous maker in Gardner, Mass in the early 20th ...
antique dining chairs/treble clef backs5/9/2004
  Q: A few years ago I purchased a dining table and six chairs from an estate sale for about $200.00. I ...
  A: Pamela - The backs are almost certainly veneered. That is standard procedure for Depression era ...
United Furniture Manufacturers5/8/2004
  Q: I have two matching pieces of furniture made by United Furniture Manufacturers of Wilkes-Barre, ...
  A: Debra - It sounds like you have a buffet and a server from a complete dining set. I can't find ...
I have an old chair-probably...5/4/2004
  Q: I have an old chair-probably early 1900's. It is a low upholstered chair. The seat can lift up for ...
  A: Barbara - That chair is called a slipper rocker or slipper chair. They were popular from the middle ...
A FRIEDOPFER FURNITURE5/2/2004
  Q: I owned a dinning room table, china cabinet, buffet and server from above furniture maker. On the ...
  A: Rafaele - By the address I am assuming the company is Canadian or English. My reference material ...
slate furniture5/1/2004
  Q: I was wondering how old this could be and especially how to clean them. Thank you for any info.
  A: Allison - Can you send a photo of the coffee table? Send photos as .jpg files to me at ...
Mahogany Association 326 end table4/30/2004
  Q: I just picked up a Heritage Henredon end table today. It looks as it may have a leather top. Inside ...
  A: Jean - Henredon is a maker of upscale contemporary and classic reproduction furniture. It was ...
Antique Hide-A-Bed4/29/2004
  Q: I saw your response about a "murphy" bed in Jan. 04 and am hoping you can answer a similiar ...
  A: Al - These fold up beds are a late Victorian thing so it is unlikely that it was 100 years old in ...
Rope bed marking4/23/2004
  Q: We have a rope bed that my wife says is circa 1860's. Engraved, stamped, branded (I can't tell ...
  A: John - Since rope beds were almost entirely made one by one as opposed to being factory work, I have ...
Gargoyle furniture4/20/2004
  Q: What does a gargoyle rocker look like?
  A: Audrey - Furniture, particularly chairs,with grotesque figures on them were popular in the late 19th ...
antique bedroom furniture4/18/2004
  Q: My aunt has a bedroom set she is wanting to sell but has no idea of even where to start for an ...
  A: Joyce - The best way to start is by sending me some photos of the set, all of the pieces if ...
desk authenticity4/12/2004
  Q: I received a desk which they stated was an antique. It appears to be the Louiss xv period. It is ...
  A: Rochelle - Louis XV is a late 18th century style. The desk you describe is called a bureau plat. The ...
Age (approximagely) of cedar chest4/9/2004
  Q: I purchased a cedar chest (cedar inside and out) and am wondering if it micht be dated (roughly) by ...
  A: Chris - Sorry for the delay in responding. I was trying, to no avail, to find a reference on the ...
Cleaning4/9/2004
  Q: I have an oil on wood tryptic(3 Panels) There are many images of the Spanish exployers hidden within ...
  A: Sandy - I'm sorry I can't help you with that. My area of expertise is American antique furniture and ...
antique desk4/7/2004
  Q: I have an antique kneehole desk I would like information on. I do not know the age, type of wood or ...
  A: Carol - I would be happy to take a look at the desk. Send photos to me as .jpg files at ...
Re: Values4/5/2004
  Q: We owned many antiques from our parents and grandparents and had a fire loosing every thing. Where ...
  A: Barbara - I am very sorry to hear about your loss. At this point you need some professional help ...
mirrors4/4/2004
  Q: I recently was given an oval mirror that has a hole on each side which gives the impression, that it ...
  A: K - The orange back is indicative of English and Candaian mirrors. They use a different process from ...
chest of drawers4/4/2004
  Q: I have aquired a 5 drawer chest. Two small topdrawers with a panel in between with a inlayed vase ...
  A: Nan - The best way is to send me some good clear photos of the piece including an overall shot, a ...
I have some Taylor of Jamestown...4/4/2004
  Q: I have some Taylor of Jamestown furniture that I'd like to sell. There's a chest of drawers, night ...
  A: Patty - In general Taylor of Jamestown is good furniture. However, most furniture from 30 or so ...
Unique Dresser4/4/2004
  Q: I have aquired an old dresser, at a tag sale. I've never seen one like it, and was hoping you can ...
  A: Nancy - The drawers on top are called glove boxes. This was an element used for more than a century, ...
Abercrombie and Fitch Desk4/1/2004
  Q: Do you know of the history of any A&F furniture? Specifically, a writing desk that folds into a ...
  A: Christopher - Abercrombie sold furniture made by a number of manufacturers but did not actually ...
"Old Rocking Chair"3/31/2004
  Q: Fred: Although I can't remember where, I bought an old oak rocking chair when my daughter was born ...
  A: Tom – I didn't find a great deal about Conrade furniture except that is was in business in St. Louis ...
Hoosier Table3/31/2004
  Q: I recently purchased a Hoosier Drop leaf table at an auction. And while removing what seemed to be ...
  A: Melissa - This may not be as small a problem as you think. Is there any way you can send me some ...
re:philco record player/radio in wood cabinet3/30/2004
  Q: my father passes away and i have a philco record player on one half of the cabinet that plays 78"s ...
  A: Theresa - Do you have a model number for this unit? The model number will be on the back somewhere. ...
chair3/30/2004
  Q: I've got an old chair that I inherited from an aunt. It's at least 80 years old, probably older. ...
  A: Maureen - By all means sell the set "as is". You will never get your money out of the repairs and ...
Small hooiser3/28/2004
  Q: I have a small apartment size hooiser that I bought about 20 years ago from a man that collected ...
  A: Ruth - The two most important aspects of Hoosier sytle cabinets are the maker and the condition. ...
partner's desk3/27/2004
  Q: Do you have any information on oak partner's desks with a leather top? This desk says the ...
  A: Julie - The patent number was issued in 1933. There were several companies at that time using the ...
5 drawer chest3/25/2004
  Q: I have a 5 drawer chest. it seems to be old. The manufacturer is John Widdecomb from Grand Rapids ...
  A: Tracey - John Widdicomb was a manufacturing company founded in Grand Rapids in 1897 and is still in ...
parlor suit3/24/2004
  Q: I have a parlor suit that belong to my mother"s mother. It has two straight chairs, one with 2 arms ...
  A: Nancy - Parlor suites were most popular around the turn of the century and yours certainly sounds ...
identification and refinishing old child's rocker3/23/2004
  Q: Fred, I have a child's rocking chair that was my grandmother's. She was born in 1898. It was ...
  A: Jean - That is a very complicated question. First let's start by sending me a photo of the chair as ...
missing part to old clock3/23/2004
  Q: I have an old Seth Thomas school clock. It is about 75 years old. The chime hammer is lost. The ...
  A: Toby - My area of expertise is American antique furniture so clocks are not really my thing. ...
Cadillac table-desk3/23/2004
  Q: I am trying to research a desk that I inherited from my great-aunt. It originally belonged to my ...
  A: Richard - Cadillac Cabinet was a maker of Arts and Crafts furniture in the early 20th century. I ...
Murphy Beds3/22/2004
  Q: I was given an old Murphy Bed; however, I have no idea what the value is. I am not sure of when it ...
  A: Margaret - Old cabinet beds like yours were popular around the turn of the century. If you go to the ...
artex-green folding tv trays3/21/2004
  Q: I have three wood tv trays with fruit designs on each tray. Please let me know if they are of any ...
  A: Nellie - They definitely are not antique. They were made in the middle of the 20th century. All I ...
Piano3/15/2004
  Q: I have an upright piano which I know came from England and belonged to my grandfather so it must be ...
  A: Lynne - Most upright grands of this period have little value other than sentimental. The Pierce ...
Macey lawyer bookcase3/14/2004
  Q: I am refinishing and repairing a Macey lawyer bookcase. The hardware mechanism on the doors is in ...
  A: Linda - There is a wonderful page of history on Fred Macey and his comapany in "Grand Rapids ...
ROPE BEDS3/13/2004
  Q: I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHERE TO GET INFORMATION ON ROPE BEDS? MY HUSBAND HAS 2 BEDS AND WE ARE TRYING ...
  A: Wanda - Sounds like somebody tried to steal the beds. Glad you didn't sell. While there is not a ...
opening bid for cedar chest3/12/2004
  Q: I plan to auction the following item on e-bay and was wondering what you think would be a good ...
  A: Bill - I can't help you with that - too many variables. Standard Screen was not one of the premiere ...
Furniture Label3/10/2004
  Q: I have a small table that looks like it is mohagony. It has a label on the bottom that is from the ...
  A: Rob - If it has the label it is definitely mahogany. The “Mahogany Association” is not a company but ...
rod iron bed frames3/9/2004
  Q: I have recently been given a antique iron bed. I didn't get the history of the bed and when I put ...
  A: Tara - Believe it or not that's really the way they go together. On top of the inverted "L" ...
Smoker's Table?2/28/2004
  Q: I believe this small table to be a pipe smoker's table. There is a yellow glass jar on the top for ...
  A: Diana - Smoking stands became popular around the turn of the century and lasted through the ...
antique sugar,flour hutch2/27/2004
  Q: I have an old hutch that has flour and sugar bins with 2 cutting boards above 2 drawers. It has the ...
  A: Amanda - It sounds like you have a "Hoosier" style cabinet made in the 1920s or so. They were ...
Lane "end tables"2/20/2004
  Q: I seem to have inherited a pair of Lane Furniture tables. They belonged to my inlaws. They are what ...
  A: Renee - Tables like that were turned out by the hundreds of thousands by Lane and many others in the ...
Antique Furniture Reproductions2/15/2004
  Q: How do antique furniture reproductions rank as collectibles? I have 3 pieces from the Beacon Hill ...
  A: Norbert – Well made reproductions are becoming increasingly collectible and are commanding higher ...
Furniture- Buffet or Sideboard2/12/2004
  Q: In the 1950's my parents bought a dining room set. The buffet as we have always called it and some ...
  A: Cindy - Mirrored oak sideboards were most popular around the turn of the century and had not been ...
what is it2/10/2004
  Q: i have a piece of furniture and i have no idea what it is. It was made in london. inside one of the ...
  A: Belinda - My area of expertise is American antique furniture so I don't think I am qualified to ...
Antique china cabinet2/10/2004
  Q: Mr. Taylor, I was wondering what you could tell me about a china cabinet my grandmother left me. It ...
  A: Shei - Your piece is called a breakfront/secretary. Saginaw Furniture operated in Saginaw, MI from ...
end table2/8/2004
  Q: I am wondering if you have ever heard of a Duncan Phyfe end table. I found this table at an antique ...
  A: Julie - Duncan Phyfe was a Scotsman who designed and made furniture in New York in the early 1800's. ...
Antique appraisal2/8/2004
  Q: Can you help me with an online appraisal of an East Lake bedroom suite about 150 years old? I ...
  A: Nancy - I will be happy to look at photos of the set. But you must rememeber I am NOT an appraiser ...
techniques used to finish products1/29/2004
  Q: How did woodworkers get their wood pieces so smooth and detailed. What I mean is that when you see ...
  A: Melissa – That is a very astute question. Few people delve that deeply into antique furniture to ...
Louis Rastetter Folding Chair1/29/2004
  Q: I have 1 Louis Rastetter and Sons folding chair with an oriental picture on the inside back. It has ...
  A: Patricia - You probably are better off leaving the scratches alone. Most touch ups look worse than ...
Antique Folding Bed in Cabinet1/29/2004
  Q: I recently saw a hidden bed/folding bed I'd like to find more about. My younger son wants it for his ...
  A: Scott - What you are talking about is a variation of a "Murphy" bed, which folds up into an armoire ...
Antique Rope Bed1/24/2004
  Q: I have an antique rope bed, the kind with the little knobs that they used to criss cross ropes and ...
  A: Karen - Rope beds were most common in the early to mid 19th century and were mostly a rural item. ...
Hooiser like kitchen cabinet12/18/2003
  Q: I just purchased a beautiful piece of furniture and want to know more about the craftsman. The ...
  A: Karen - Here are two excellent resources for McDougal. At Amazon.com is Indiana Cabinets Including ...
CABINET12/1/2003
  Q: I PURCHASED A CABINET(SOMETHING LIKE A HOOZIER) I AM STRIPPING IT, THE TAG UP ON THE TOP, WHICH IS ...
  A: Mary Ann - Before you go too much further you need to better inform yourself on the subject. Most ...
furniture-antique rocker11/25/2003
  Q: I wonder if you can help identify the type of old rocker I just bought. What I mean is, was it a ...
  A: Eleanor - The seat you describe was commonly used in rockers and straight chairs in the late 1800s ...
Solid Kumfort folding chair11/23/2003
  Q: I have 3 folding chairs , by Louis Rastetter & Sons Co. from Fort Wayne Ind. , the registered trade ...
  A: Karen - Rastetter was a manufacturer of folding chairs and tables in the 1920s through the 1940s. ...
artex - green corp of N.Y. folding tables11/21/2003
  Q: I bought 4 tables on ebay. They are folding snack type tables and have paintings of fruit on each ...
  A: Laurie - I couldn't find much on Artex except another site offering a set of four Artex painted ...

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I will attempt to answer questions about American antique furniture, including construction details, style, period, manufacturers, care, repair and storage. I do not have any background in appliances, musical instruments, sewing machines, trunks, lighting, clocks or children's and baby furniture and will not respond to questions about those items.

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I ran an antique furniture restoration business for twenty years. I am a nationally syndicated columnist on the subject of antique furniture for such publications as Antique Week and New England Antiques Journal. I have produced one video on the subject of furniture identification and my book "HOW TO BE A FURNITURE DETECTIVE" is now available.I have also published articles in Antique Trader, Chicago Art Deco Society, Northeast Magazine, Victorian Decorating and Lifestyles, Professional Refinishing, Antiques and Art Around Florida and Antique Shoppe. You can visit my website at www.furnituredetective.com

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BSBA Finance, University of Florida, MBA Finance, University of Florida

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