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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


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

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2016-10-24 Red six drawer chest:

Teri - A. H. Heilman was in business in Williamsburg, PA from 1870 to 1929. Your chest appears to be from the early 1920s in Federal style. It was almost certainly painted red by a previous owner, not

2016-10-17 Scholle's Chicago Twin Bed:

Cindy - Scholles was a department store so there is no way to know who made the bed. It is from the Depression era of the 1930s. The wood in the headboard is stump cut walnut veneer. Stump cut or butt

2016-10-09 Wood Chair with curved arms:

Randi - Your chair is a variation of the Savonarola chair. Savonarola was an Italian priest burned at the stake as a heretic.     Your chair is from the turn of the

2016-10-06 worth:

Diana - Thanks for the photo. Your bed is from the Depression era of the 1930s. It is made of walnut veneer on the headboard and secondary woods everywhere else. The style is part of the Colonial Revival

2016-09-16 walnut bed frame:

Michael - Your bed frame appears to be from the Depression era of the 1930s. It has walnut veneer on the headboard. The rest of the frame is made of secondary wood stained to look like walnut. The "American


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