Antique Collector - Oak and Country Furniture


Windsor chairs were developed in the late 17th century in the vicinity of High Wycombe but named for the local big town of Windsor, Berkshire, England. Their introduction to America seems to have been by the 1726 governor of Pennsylvania, Patrick Gordon. It is common to find Windsors made in the 1700s that contain three different species of wood. Pine or poplar are common for the seat. Elm is common for seats because its rippled grain gives good cross-grain strength that resists splitting where holes are placed close to the edge of a seat. Maple makes crisp turnings. Oak, ash, and elm all rive (split) and steam bend nicely. They are also straight grained and thus work well for slender spindles.
The legs are splayed at angles fore-and-aft (rake) as well as side-to-side (splay) to provide actual and visual support of the person sitting. Early chairs made in America usually have stretchers connecting the front and back legs and a cross stretcher connecting the two side stretchers, creating what is known as an "H" stretcher assembly. "Through-holed and wedged" is one of the primary means of joining Windsor chair parts, making glue a redundant detail in their assembly.


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British Furniture 1600-2000
by Dr Clive Edwards
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Product details
Hardcover: 350 pages
Publisher: The Intelligent Layman publishers Ltd.; New title edition (8 Nov 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0947798307
ISBN-13: 978-0947798307
Dimensions: 30 x 25.2 x 3.4 cm


Classic English Design and Antiques: Period Style and Furnishings
by Emily Eerdmans
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Published in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the store (Hyde Park Antiques, in New York City), this oversized volume (9.25x12.25") presents a knowledgeable history of English furniture and interiors by Eerdmans, with discussion and examples of the styles of William and Mary, Queen Anne, Palladian, Rococo, Neoclassical, and Regency.



A course on repairing and restoring all types of furniture, from raising a dent to turning a chair leg. It includes a guide to identifying and dating your furniture as well as a directory of the tools, materials and equipment necessary to restore furniture yourself. Skills covered include turning, carving, upholstery, marbling, gilding, marquetry and parquetry.


The Complete Guide to Repairing and Restoring Furniture
by Billy Cook
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Written by dealers for their customers, this title is filled with information and advice on what to look for when buying early oak furniture and how to look after it in the home.


Living With Early Oak: Seventeenth - Century English Furniture
by John Fiske
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Chinese Country Antiques: C.1780-1920
by Andrea McCormick
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Product details
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd; 2Rev Ed edition (Jun 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0764315854
ISBN-13: 978-0764315855
Dimensions: 28.2 x 21.1 x 2 cm


Techniques and Projects for Restoring Antique and Second-hand Furniture
by Julia De Bierre
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This accessible, practical guide clearly explains new and traditional techniques for renovating and restoring period and second-hand furniture. Projects include chairs, tables, desks, chests of drawers and mirrors all with detailed instructions and photographs to take you through every stage of the project with a complete list of materials and equipment needed.



A glorious encyclopedia, showcasing primitive pieces to elegant modernity, this definitive guide illustrates every style and form, with tips on how to recognise the key elements of each period. Featuring lavish, full-colour photographs throughout. Foreword by furniture designer and manufacturer David Linley.


Furniture: World Styles from Classical to Contemporary
by David Linley
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Product details
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Reader's Digest Association; Rev Upd edition (23 Jun 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0762106212
ISBN-13: 978-0762106219
Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.3 x 3 cm


Understanding Wood Finishing: 2nd Ed Select and Apply the Right Finish by Bob Flexner
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Oak Furniture: The British Tradition
by Victor Chinnery
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This history of oak furniture covers the British Isles and New England, from the Middle Ages through to 1800. It has become a standard work of reference, providing clear classification within the context of any one period, and equipped with a pictorial index for quick and easy identification.


Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods, 1725-1788 Joseph Downs
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Product details
Hardcover: 500 pages
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd (Jul 2001)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0764314076
ISBN-13: 978-0764314070
Dimensions: 30.7 x 23.9 x 4.3 cm

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