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John Jelliff Items Slipping Through the Cracks

John Jelliff Chair John Jelliff Items Slipping Through the Cracks
John Jelliff Chair John Jelliff Items Slipping Through the Cracks

If you remember this post talking about common misspellings of furniture makers’ names; well, if you’re on the lookout for John Jelliff items, that blog post is playing itself out right now. There are 8 items listed with incorrect spellings of his name on Ebay at the moment which you can take a look at via this search. Some are using a single “L” and some are using a single “F” – both of which are wrong.

It may sound petty to worry about this minor detail, but as I say in the aforementioned post, if you’re a seller, people who are Jelliff fans and have searches set up to find his pieces will never see your item – that is, unless they thought to put the misspelled versions in their search criteria. Computer software is very picky – one byte off and there is no match.

Your best potential customer for a named piece, Jelliff or otherwise, is to reach the audience that knows who he is and types his name into an Ebay or Google search. If they are collectors, they most likely type it in there correctly and will miss any items where it isn’t correct, like the 8 items above. Lost in cyberspace.

A tip for handling this on Ebay for the buyers – use the following syntax to search for things simultaneously:

+(jeliff,jelliff,jellif)

And the equivalent for Google:

jeliff OR jelliff OR jellif

And if you’re in the market for a Jelliff chair, the above image is of a chair I am selling that I attribute to Jelliff that has the male carved bust arms. Notice the Gothic crockets on the chair back. Contact me for more details.

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  • Anonymous - March 9, 2008

    Talk about misspellings of Jelliff – Here’s one off ebay (Joliffe)http://cgi.ebay.com/Antique-Table-Carved-Full-Female-Figures-Horner-Joliffe_W0QQitemZ330185434792QQihZ014QQcategoryZ63587QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQ_trksidZp1638.m118.l1247QQcmdZViewItem

  • John W - March 10, 2008

    Forgot about that one. I ran across that too. And the table doesn’t resemble anything like Jelliff items to boot.

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