Vintage Solid Hardwood Dresser

New Listing:

This vintage, compact, solid hardwood dresser is in mint condition. It comes with 4 drawers, original brass handles and brass casters for ease of moving in and out of locations.  Because the dresser is compact, it’s ideal for smaller spaces.  The sateen finish is a warm honey oak tone and stunning showing the natural grain of the wood.  It measures 28 in wide, 16 in. deep and 42 in. high.  A great addition to any interior home décor. $110

Solid Wood Hall Entry/Couch Table

New Listing:

This beautiful, solid wood, cherry toned, hall entry or couch table is in excellent condition.  It has a clean, contemporary design and the cherry toned patina is stunning. It also comes with a front drawer for storage.  Used as a hall entry table for a lamp, flower bouquet or any of your prized displays; it can also be used behind a couch for similar reasons. This handsome wood table can even be used for a Flat Screen TV with the drawer to hold the remote! A very versatile and lovely addition to add to any interior home décor $125

Vintage Solid Walnut Cigar Table!

New Listing:

A unique, vintage, solid walnut cigar table in excellent condition.  This nostalgic, vintage piece is a side table with lower slot for magazines, newspapers, books, etc and a hidden drawer that can be pulled out with installed ashtray and holders for cigars/cigarettes. The walnut finish has a deep, rich hue tone that adds to its good looks. It measures 26 in. wide, 12 ½ in. deep and 24 in. high. A great conversation piece for owners of beautiful vintage furniture. $85

Classic French Provincial Dining Set

New Listing:

This stunning classic French provincial dining set is in mint condition.  The table has the classic, scalloped, French curved design with detailed scroll patterns along the curvature of the table and elegant design of the legs.  There are three standard and one captain, beautifully upholstered chairs, all with a distinctive open back design.  The table and chairs has a sateen finish that is rich and luminous. There is a matching leaf for extending the table.  The table measures 59 in. wide, 39 in. deep and 30 in. high.  There is a 12 in. leaf.  The chairs measure 17 in. wide, 17 in. deep and 37 in. high. This is a beautiful set and lovely addition to any home décor. $225

 

Chocolate Hardwood Country Chairs

New Listing:

A set of four, oversized, chocolate hardwood country chairs in near-perfect condition. There are three regular chairs and one captain, all with a spindle and knob designed finished in a rich chocolate sateen finish that is stunning. These sturdy hardwood country style chairs are ideal for either a country kitchen or dining table.  The chairs measure 17 ½ in. wide, 17 ½  in. deep and 38 in. high. A perfect addition to any country décor. $90

Vintage Solid Walnut Caramel Sideboard

New Listing:

This stunning, vintage, caramel toned, solid walnut sideboard with veneer overlays is in mint condition. The gorgeous sideboard has an elegant scroll design on the top with a spindle leg design in the front for distinctive beauty with two veneer overlays on the cabinet portions.  This gorgeous sideboard has two side cabinets and two drawers for storage and comes with original hardware. The walnut caramel satin finish is striking. It measures 60 in. wide, 20 in. deep and 38 ½ in. high. A beautiful addition to any home décor.  $400

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What is an Antique?

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For anyone who browses specialty shops on the hunt for antiques, the age old question that always seems to crop up is “What exactly is an antique?”

As simple as the question might seem, this query appears to have many answers.

It’s sometimes a revelation that a shopper might be standing side by side with ancient-looking piece of furniture or old-fashioned china, but the same browser may also find ruffled pink glass no older than then their own years.

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The question of a true antique is a problem that bewilders not only buyers, but plenty of dealers, too.

So, what exactly is the history of determining what classifies as an antique? It all began in 1930 when the U.S. Government passed a rule stating that objects had to be at least 100 years old to be classified as an antique. This ruling was done as a legislative tax decision so that items could be admitted duty free into the U.S. Since that time however, the rule of thumb amongst collectors and auctioneers is that an antique is defined as objects made before 1830.

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As far as Europe is concerned with its long dated history, items that date back before 1830 seem quite young, while in contrast with a classic Roman sculpture, an 18th-century chair is downright modern.

In the U.S., for example, and in comparison to Europe, the oldest American antiques are only 300 years old with the exception of Indian relics and a few Spanish buildings in the Southwest. Not very old in the big scheme of things is it?

Antiques can get pretty confusing for Americans as they experience the same contrasts in their shops. To a steadfast New Englander who if very knowledgeable of pine furniture from the Pilgrim days, a Victorian sofa doesn’t seem antique. On the flip side though, for someone from Nebraska or Oregon, the same sofa seems like an antique because it represents the earliest furnishings in that particular region.

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Thus, the age of antiques seems to vary dramatically in relationship to region and not necessarily to the actual age of the item. This brings us back to the original question of “What is an antique?” since it seems to change from region to region and one part of the world to another. The best way to resolve the confusion is the assertion that an antique is what the collector knows or perceives it to be and nothing more in order to to satisfy the buying public.