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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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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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2016-10-18 American of Martinsville desk/bookcase:

Take the oversize screw out, insert wooden toothpicks into the hole after you put a drop of glue in the hole. Let them sit overnight  then trim them off flush, use an ice pick and start a new hole and

2016-10-17 Colby's Chairs:

Colbys was a retailer and a manufacturer.  The name was used starting in the mid 1940s.  prior to that the name was longer.    These ladder back chairs were from the 40s and should retail at 200 each if

2016-10-15 Armoire - The White Furniture Company:

what did you want to know?    it is a 1920s armoire or chiffrobe.  wood appears to be walnut veneer on the doors, which was customary at the time.    inside back is mahogany veneer.    retail it wouls

2016-10-12 Antique Desk:

In 2008 the identical desk sold at auction for $350. The maker who's name is on the inside of the drawer worked mid century. the desk is probably from 1950 to 1960. The wood is pine. the maker worked

2016-10-08 Irwin dresser, age and value of this peice.:

This label was used from the 1930s to their closing in the 1950s.    I would place it late 30s into the early 40s.  are you sure it is painted balck or had the old finish just turned color as many do depending


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