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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

2016-11-15 Identifying an antique:

would you take a picture of the edge where it looks like a groove, and is there one on the opposite long edge?    also a picture of an intersection of the wood at the corner of a glass?  was the glass

2016-11-10 H.Z.M. & Co. Cane Chair:

Thank you.  Hopefully one day I will find the location of this company.  It has been quite the chore thus far.  this label comes up quite often.    Chair is colonial revival in styling from the 1900-1920s

2016-11-08 H.Z.M. & Co. Cane Chair:

please use the followup function and post picture of the chair from the front.  thanks.    I have researched this company previously and cannot find their location.  would you post picture also of athe

2016-11-08 Spool/spindle bed:

from the feedback you were not happy with my response.  Sorry about that, I try to answer what is asked which is why I ask folks to please be specific with questions to be as helpful as I can.  apologies

2016-11-03 Hoosier Cabinet:

The brand is Hoosier if the latch is original with the 'H' on it.    from around 1900    do you have the other two doors and do you have the brackets that keep the top section from sitting on the porcelain

 

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