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On a ‘Mission’ for well-made furniture

Like America itself, the impetus for one of the country's most influential lifestyles came from England. The great American tradition of Arts and Crafts furniture, pottery, art, architecture and metal work began with the discontent of a young, independently wealthy Englishman named William Morris (1834 - 1896).

Furniture Detective: Gum Wood Common in Antique Furniture

Early 20th century furniture made in America developed its own unique style, loosely known as Colonial Revival. It turns out that the wood most frequently used in American furniture in the first half of the 20th century was gum, also known as sweet gum, red gum, hazel pine, sap...

Historic lots based on epic poem lead Garth’s October auction

DELAWARE, Ohio — Are you attracted by the glamour of one of America's earliest and grandest mansions, the acumen of pioneering businessmen, and the beauty of finely executed oil paintings? If yes, Garth’s Auctioneers & Appraisers of Delaware, Ohio, has the perfect items for you

Furniture Detective: The story behind the Larkin desk

The term “Larkin desk” is a familiar one to most collectors and buyers of older and antique furniture, especially to those who favor furniture from the “Golden Oak” era around the turn of the 20th century. In fact, the phrase has become so familiar that the original meaning and source may...