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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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2017-01-18 Rocking Chair:

Linda - Your spindle back chair is a "faux" Shaker rocker. It looks somewhat like a Shaker but it isn't a true Shaker. It was factory made around the turn of the 20th century. It was originally made of

2017-01-12 Brandt Cabinet Works Octagon table:

Joanna - Your table is typical of many "occasional" tables made during the Depression era of the 1930s. The six or eight legged examples were very popular in the period. Most of them, like yours, were

2016-12-04 Antique rocking chairs with footrest:

Robert - Your rocker with footrest is from the Golden Oak era of the turn of the 20th century. It was factory made in the Midwest and probably sold through a catalog. The market for this type chair is

2016-11-21 Early American Buffet:

Daniel - Your buffet is a factory made Colonial Revival reproduction of a Sheraton style Federal era piece of the early 1800s. Your cabinet was probably made in the mid 1930s to late 1940s. The long top

2016-11-04 Maker and worth:

Cheryl - Your cabinet is called a breakfront secretary. It is a Colonial Revival reproduction of a Chippendale style cabinet of the late 1700s. It is made of mahogany solids and veneers and has a pierced


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