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In regards to American antique, vintage and collectible furniture I can help with wood identification, styles, age, periods, historical coatings, materials, techniques, repair, restoration, refinishing, and value. I do not study mid century and later furniture nor do I deal in lamps, and other smalls. You may ask for values and I will give you current market values, I will not give you 'feel good' values. Understand that there are many factors that contribute to market value. If you want a feel good, unrealistic number, please call a local inexperienced appraiser. It is my desire to help you and in doing so I increase my knowledge as well. For that I thank you.

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I have been in the antiques furniture and restoration business and in the sales of antique furniture for 40+ years and have continued my education in the trade attending workshops and seminars by various organizations, institutions, and private collectors.


Professional Refinishers Groop, Int., AIC, Antiques Dealers Association


BA Florida State University BA University of West Florida 1971

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Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

this is a good read discussing Jacobean and Jacobean style, a topic which everyone thinks they are experts on. One part discusses the fallacy of trying to categorize items too rigidly.

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Refinishing vs value? Each item must be evaluated on its own. A proper restoration, when warranted, enhances value. Indiscriminate refinishing or restoration by uninformed, semi skilled people has the opposite effect. There are many techniques and materials to assist us in choosing the correct procedure. Yes, an original coating is desirable and sought on a museum, rare, or historical piece.

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2017-02-10 Leaf:

send pictures of the table to my email.  send them as attachments, not as part of the body of the email.    turn table upside down and take pict.  show pic with top opened and right side up, show mechanism

2017-01-23 Evaluation on Dining Room:

please send pictures of each piece to my email and include this post with the pictures.  send pictures as attachments to one email please.  need full view picture of each item and picture of the rear of

2017-01-19 North Wind Chair:

I do not see this as having been dipped.  I believe this to be an original coating.  it is not unusual to see stain runs under show areas or non show areas in furniture from the 1900-1920 era, or any other

2017-01-19 North Wind Chair:

please use the follow up function and post two more pictures with a flash or with light coming from behind the camera shinning on the chair.    why do you think it was dipped?    thanks

2017-01-15 what kind of claw feet are these on this curio cabinet?:

oak curved oak china cabinet with claw feet.  made 1880-1910.    Good one!      there were many interpretations of varying claw and paw feet. Many things relate to naturalist beings.  truly, they are not


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