What determines asking or eventual selling prices of antiques or collectibles anyway? The universal answer has four parts: quality, condition, rarity and demand.
Any antiques shop that has more than three pieces of Colonial Revival furniture is almost certain to have a Mersman table somewhere in the joint because the company made millions of them.
Is tung oil safe for antique furniture? Furniture Detective Fred Taylor says unless the original finish was an oil finish, then tung oil, like any other oil, has no place on antique furniture over the long term.
The inventor of the pencil eraser and the first ink eradicator, H.T. Cushman, found his way into the furniture business after developing products to sell through mail order.
Here's how you can tell if your Hitchcock chair (a small, rickety chair, perhaps painted black, with leaves and flowers and fruit painted all over) is the real thing, or a reproduction.
Sooner or later, most of us who hang out with antiques get the urge to do a little repair here or a touch up there – nothing major. But one thing usually leads to another and before we know it, we are in over our heads. Then we need the help of a professional...
Furniture Detective Fred Taylor answers Antique Trader readers' questions about wood care, furniture repair, history and restoration.
Although many products associated with furniture care and restoration recommend steel wool in their instructions you should avoid using steel wool on antique furniture. In the furniture trade, steel wool’s use is limited to producing results after a finish has been applied, not before and never during.
It is tempting to date a piece of antique furniture by looking at a book with pictures of antique furniture and find one that is like the piece you are considering purchasing. But the style doesn't guarantee the age or that it's antique.
There are lots of things you can do with your newly acquired family treasure of an older or antique piece of furniture. If it needs more than just cleaning, try these three tips to avoid stripping the piece entirely.