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.
Q I know this may be a long shot to ask you and sorry to bother you. I have my great grandmothers bed and it’s in really rough shape. So I’m restoring it into a bench for my mom (her granddaughter) I came across a couple markings but can’t find out...
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.
It's said helping others is a reward in itself. Dr. Anthony Cavo recounts a remarkable reward he received as a teenager, following a few years of helping a pair of homebound neighbors. The reward also prompted a case for Cavo to ponder.
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.
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.