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John Head’s Account Book

Following on from yesterday’s post concerning a bureau made by the English emigrant, John Head, the American Philosophical Society digitized Head’s account book and has today, made it available to all and sundry. The American Philosophical Society has also published an … Continue reading

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Cross-Grained Mouldings

Mouldings on oak-framed buildings – and thence joiner-made oak furniture – followed the timber’s grain and were comparatively simple to produce. Then circa 1685, a new breed of specialised furniture maker appeared. Cabinetmakers developed more sophisticated techniques for making and … Continue reading

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Picture This LXXXII

The work of deranged cabinetmaker, Anne Nomalous, has surfaced again: Evidence of her hand has appeared, this time, in the upside-down cyma recta top moulding of a laburnum chest of drawers in Lawrences’ upcoming fine art sale on Friday the … Continue reading

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A William III Ash Chest-on-Stand – Part Seven

The drawers were constructed in period-correct fashion with through dovetails front and back. The central veneers on the drawer fronts are the more figured stuff from the ends of the leaves of quarter cut veneer I used for the stripy … Continue reading

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A William III Ash Chest-on-Stand – Part Three

The cabinetmaker’s insertion of the featherbanding in this chest would be considered – even by most of his contemporaries – as ‘wrong’. One can’t deny the proficiency of the man as a cabinetmaker constructing a basic chest, but it can’t … Continue reading

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A George III Mahogany Cabinet-on-Chest Redux

… or, the Big Picture. It’s a fact; people are fallible – even eighteenth-century cabinetmakers! Mistakes are often simply made but can be time-consuming and expensive to rectify. In a commercial environment one has to ask oneself if a mistake … Continue reading

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An Oak Side Table.

George II Oak side table, standing on club legs, circa 1740. The desire to make a copy of this table was one of the compelling reasons I took up my tools again after seven years of retirement. There are a … Continue reading

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