The Curious Case of the Victorian Carved Bench
As I eluded to yesterday, there are a few changes happening at Rare Victorian – all for the good. I’d like to introduce Cynthia Boris who will be helping out with a Forum News post every week to summarize the interesting activity going on there.
Cynthia is a veteran blogger who started her writing career in the area of collectibles. She was a staff writer for Toy Shop magazine and her first of four books, on TV toys, was published by Krause, the largest hobby publisher in the US. I’m thrilled that she’ll be helping me out here at Rare Victorian.
“Curiouser and curiouser,” cried Alice and that could have been our motto this week here at Rare Victorian. It started with photos of an ornately carved bench that were posted by BarrysAntiques. The scrolled sides on this bench appear to have angel faces carved into the tops and that could be an angel with wings spread carved into the front, but take a look at the sidebars! That face looks awfully demonic, doesn’t it?
Perhaps this bench was carved to commemorate the new Tom Hanks’ movie Angels and Demons. It certainly fits! Have we piqued your curiosity? Visit the Victorian Furniture section of the forum for more photos of this interesting piece.
DQ posted some photos this week of a curious antique that might also have religious significance. There are no carvings on this stand but the slanted platform at the bottom seems to cry out for a family bible. But it’s the top of the table that has us really perplexed. On the top is a wooden box with a lid. Open the lid and a bin springs forward like an old bread drawer. A place to store “our daily bread” perhaps? It certainly has our members stumped. If you know the origin of this lovely piece of furniture, click here to visit the thread and let us know.
Keeping with our literary theme — to restore or not restore, that is the question Jacon4 is asking in the Antique Furniture Care section. He has a Queen Anne highboy base that is in very good condition except that the knee return is missing. He can make a replacement but that will likely mean having to refinish the legs and I’m sure you know how one small repair can snowball into a huge job. Should he do the work or leave the piece as is? Chime in with your thoughts on the matter right here.
Finally, take a look at this intricate stork hinge. It’s one of several brass hardware photos that Stever posted earlier in the month. You just don’t see workmanship like that anymore, do you? If you have a passion for brass hardware, check out the rest of the thread for more hinge photos as well as some amazing doorknobs and plates.
Did you spend this past holiday weekend antiquing? If so, visit the forum and post pictures of your finds. Whether you need help identifying the origin of a piece or you just want to show it off, we’d love to hear about it.