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robert klein

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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. robertsantiques@cox.net 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.

Experience in the area

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.

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

Education/Credentials

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. http://chestofbooks.com/home-improvement/furniture/Period/Chapter-II-Jacobean-Period-1603-1688.html#cromwellian

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

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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Recent Answers from robert klein

2017-03-06 Grand Rapids Chair Co buffet:

I'm not gonna be able to tell you the wood with that paint on there. The drawer bottom and sides are not mahogany but that doesn't mean anything. Unless the paint was gone the wood will remain a mystery

2017-03-02 old chairs:

The patent date refers only to the casters.  if they are original to the chairs it does tell us that they could be as old as 1894.  I would have placed them at 1900-1920 without the patent date.    if

2017-03-01 Corner table:

This is an Eastlake victorian piece dating around 1885-90.  would like to see a picture of the outside of the side of the drawer where the side meets the front.  it should have either hand cut dovetails

2017-03-01 Marble imperial desk:

cant really see the condition in the photos but if condition is good then a price of 450-650 would be most likely.    1965-1985 is when this name was used:  ""Under both of the Pettibones the company experienced

2017-02-20 Quaint Furniture of Character Dining Set:

from the late 1920s wood looks like birch.    this is collectable but prices vary depending on the point of sale and the venue.    for resale or retail  pricing, the buffet or sideboard would price at

 

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