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Fred Taylor

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returns 04/01/2017

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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2017-03-23 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

2017-03-22 Cadillac Desk Table 240:

Doug - You have done your homework well. Your early 20th century Cadillac desk is Mission style, made of quartersawn white oak. I cannot confirm the model number. Recent sales of Cadillac desk, all with

2017-03-21 Would like to know more on this table:

Sheila - Wm A. Berkey was formed in Grand Rapids in 1859. In 1950 it was sold to John Widdicomb Co, and went out of business in 1976. Having been built between 1950 and 1976 means the table is definitely

2017-03-18 Appraisal of my swivel rocking chair:

Patricia - Your chair appears to be a glider rather than a swivel rocker. A swivel rocker rotates like an office chair or a bar stool. Your glider is also a hoop back Windsor style chair with bentwood

2017-03-08 Frank and sons rocking chair:

Ted - Frank & Sons was located at 470 Park Ave S, New York in the early 20th century. Your platform rocker is from the 1920s, made of maple. Chairs like this typically had a large cushion with a fringe


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