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Rare Elijah Galusha Bedroom Furniture Photos

by John Werry on February 28, 2010

Elijah Galusha Bedroom furniture photos are not exactly commonplace and up until I visited the Rensselaer Historical Society in Troy, NY, I had never seen any, period.  The following rare photographs are from a labeled dresser taken in 1970.  The third image captures construction details and measurements of the piece by the director of an auction house where it was sold.  I think the scale of the woman on the left of image two is a bit misleading due to the perspective and vantage point of the photograph.  The measurements state that the dresser is approximately 8 feet tall.

The last image is a collage of what I feel are key design elements that can aid in identifying Elijah Galusha furniture from the Renaissance Revival period.  Realize, however, that this  is a sampling from a single piece of furniture, albeit one is better than having none.

I do not recall seeing instance of palmettes as one sees on these escutcheons in American furniture construction to say that this would have been made in the 1850s or earlier.  He retired in 1870 and died in 1871, so this piece was probably from the 1860s.

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John Faust February 28, 2010 at 8:35 pm

I aways read your website and look forward to the updates.
However, I do not like your new logo-I thought the original was much better and more appealing


John Werry March 1, 2010 at 12:45 am

Thanks for the feedback John.


renaissanceman March 3, 2010 at 6:36 pm

The Elijah Galusha photos are intriguing. The set is quite typical of the work being produced in many of the New York furniture shops from the mid-1850s through the 1860s. Non of the set’s architectural elements or design features is unique. In essence, a great many cabinetmakers could have, and probably did, create simular suites. Other than differences in secondary woods, it would be hard to attribute such pieces to specific makers, unless labels are present or documents exist to verify the maker.



John Werry March 4, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Personally I think that you can take some very minute details – not the overall themes that are present, which as you say are commonplace – and do some attributing based on these items. I see some unique ways that Galusha implemented common design elements that can tip us off.


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