Category Archives: Antique Furniture

DIVIDE AND RUIN: HOW TO SPOT A ‘DIVORCE’ IN FURNITURE

  It is relatively frequent to see ‘marriages’ within furniture of the 18th & 19th centuries (read more on our blog post on marriages and how to avoid them here) and much has been written about how to spot when … Continue reading

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What Is Ormolu?

  Ormolu mountings are fine quality cast mounts typical of French or ‘French style’ antique furniture.  They were also used for the decorative mountings of clocks, lighting devices, and porcelain. Ormolu (from French or moulu, signifying ground or pounded gold) … Continue reading

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Overmantel or Overmantle??

For many years at Thakeham Furniture, we referred to the large (often gilt, often landscape format) mirrors, that hang or stand over fireplaces as ‘overmantle mirrors’… until someone told us this was wrong. The correct, Oxford English dictionary spelling is … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Early Walnut

  There are two periods of English furniture when walnut was the most popular cabinet timber. The first, known as the ‘Early Walnut’ period dates from 1680 to about 1740, or sometime during the reign of George II, when the … Continue reading

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Mahogany and the slave ships

  The ships which worked the slave and spice trade between England, Africa and the West Indies sometimes came back to England without a cargo; however, ballast was needed to keep the ship on an even keel, and this was … Continue reading

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5 important steps in caring for your antique furniture

Furniture made during the Georgian and Victorian periods was built to last! Joints were constructed and glued – not stapled or nailed together like modern pieces. Timber was properly seasoned, so is less likely to warp; and the finish applied, … Continue reading

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Fine Furniture and Country Furniture – What’s the Difference?

  One of the questions we are frequently asked is: what exactly is “country” furniture – what does the term mean? Strictly speaking, it refers to furniture made by country craftsmen, varying from purely functional pieces made by amateurs to … Continue reading

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The Unique Story of Yew Wood

  One of the world’s oldest surviving wooden artefacts is a yew spear head, found in 1911 at Clacton-on-sea, Essex. It is estimated to be 450,000 years old. Yew wood is reddish brown (with whiter sapwood), and is very springy; … Continue reading

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A Guide to Regency Furniture

  As a furniture style, Regency has come to embrace a period from the 1790s to about 1830. Strictly, Regency means 1811-1820 which was the period the Prince of Wales (later George IV) acted as Regent during his father’s period … Continue reading

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5 Reasons to Buy Antique Furniture

1. It’s good value Antique furniture is cheaper, in real terms, than it has been since the 1990s – most pieces have stayed roughly the same price for the last 15 years, while some, such as sets of dining chairs … Continue reading

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