Just because something looks like something else, or even is described as 'looking like,' or being in 'the same style as,' an authentic item, it doesn't always mean it is. Furniture Detective Fred Taylor explains the tricky attribution pit, and how to avoid it.
Condition, condition, and condition. It's one of, if not in some cases, the key element in determining value of an object. Furniture Detective Fred Taylor speaks to this in regard to an Empire couch.
World fairs and expositions introduced large numbers of people to new innovations, and that exposure went on to influence design and inventions, including the slumber chair, explains Furniture Detective Fred Taylor.
The way that wood is cut and the type of the wood itself determine how wood grains appear in sawn and cut wood.
In this Furniture Detective column Fred Taylor tackles three reader inquiries about dissolving wood glue, examining repair details to assess age, and modern history of Hitchcock chair design.
Best intentions can sometimes have disastrous affects. Case in point, using linseed oil on a turn-of-the-century chifferobe, instead of mineral spirits, advises Furniture Detective Fred Taylor.
So often the naming conventions for items are about practicality. For example, in a response to a reader Furniture Detective Fred Taylor explains that a chest with a central compartment used to store bonnets and hats was referred to as a bonnet chest.
In his latest Furniture Detective column, Fred Taylor tackles reader questions about a Larkin side-by-side, fold beds, and diversity of mahogany wood.
In his latest column, Furniture Detective Fred Taylor provides an enlightening explanation of the dumbwaiter and its role in proper service of guests.