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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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2017-04-13 Hitchmon Rocking chair:

Marsee - Your rocker is a modern production Windsor chair. A Windsor chair is a chair in which no vertical element runs continuously from top to bottom. All vertical elements terminate in the seat. The

2017-04-06 antique:

Susan - You dresser with mirror is from around the turn of the 20th century, 1880-1910. The overall style is Rococo Revival and is actually modeled after the Golden Oak period dressers and chests of the

2017-04-05 Phoenix Chair Company Rocker:

Heather - Your chair is Mission style and it was made prior to 1928, probably in the late 10s or early 20s. It is made of oak. It should be easily repairable using only wood glue and clamps. While it can

2017-04-03 Woodard Dresser needs help:

Angie - Woodward Furniture was formed in 1866 in Ossowo, MI. Here is the history of the company.     Your cabinet is a low dresser that used to have

2017-03-23 Mahogany Dining Table:

Ethan - That is confusing. Colby's used the name John A. Colby & Sons from 1885 to the mid 1940s. The company closed its furniture factory in the 1920s. Since I can't see enough of your table so I can't


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