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.
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.
Modern design and ancient antiquities will share the auction block during Thomaston Place Auction Galleries' Spring Auction Weekend, June 2-4.
A recent letter from a reader prompts Furniture Detective Fred Taylor to share potentially life-saving reminder involving replacement of locks on Lane cedar chests.
Furniture Detective Fred Taylor advises a reader about determining age of a vanity by inspecting its curved legs and the back of its mirror.
The Furniture Detective explains how an ornately carved chair could be a one-of-a-kind, partially a product of early 20th century 'carving' shops.
As inspired as a recent reader may be to reproduce chairs loosely based on a style of dining chair from the late 18th century, without well-defined skills and a good shop, Furniture Detective Fred Taylor suggests reconsidering.
In the most recent Furniture Detective column, Fred tells the story about the rediscovery of something old, in this case: oak, which ended up saving the day.
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.