The shape of the crest rail of a chair and the type of bolts used to hold it together offer some clue as to the age and use of the chairs, explained Furniture Detective, in his assessment of a reader's inquiry about what were thought to be ice cream parlor chairs.
Furniture Detective Fred Taylor explains a bit of history about a baker's table, which a reader inquired about, thinking it was a Hoosier cabinet.
In his latest Furniture Detective column, Fred Taylor discusses the benefits that come with understanding “period” furniture and knowing that no matter what anyone tells you, coffee tables are not antiques.
Furniture Detective Fred Taylor warns about trusting the information of every source regarding furniture, without considering the source or its agenda.
In his latest column, Furniture Detective Fred Taylor, confirms a reader's suspicions about the identity of chairs tagged oak, but aren't; and he offers insight about value of the chairs.
Furniture Detective Fred Taylor offers up interesting history brother chair makers, who made bentwood chairs out of beech.
Morris, Savonarola, glider, Lincoln and so on. In the July 8, 2015 edition, Furniture Detective Fred Taylor explores the historical roots and usage details that cause us to almost never call a chair by its most basic name.
Small deceptions of style and construction are part of many things, including furniture, as Furniture Detective Fred Taylor explains in his latest column. Examples of this quiet undisturbed deception crept into furniture production and marketing at the beginning of the 20th century and has continued unabated since. The seemingly harmless deception falls into two...
In his latest column, Furniture Detective Fred Taylor explains why your “Duncan Phyfe,” “Stickley,” and “Hoosier” pieces, in actuality, may not be what you think they are.
In his latest column, Furniture Detective Fred Taylor offers a history lesson related to the inspiration behind a reader's reproduction refectory table.