William Koelle, Philadelphia Maker’s Label

November 22, 2010
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One of my first late-19th century table purchases was a real beater, but I bought it because at the time I felt it was probably a table by Merklen Brothers.  I thought that I’d get around to repairing and refinishing it as I did with this other Merklen.  Repairing this one, however, would cost way […]

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Neal Auction Louisiana Purchase Sale, November 20th & 21st

November 18, 2010
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Neal Auction is preparing for their annual Louisiana Purchase sale this weekend which includes a full representation of styles from the early 19th Century through the early 20th. One of the more interesting items is a Gothic Carved Rosewood Center Table, c. 1845, after a design by Alexander Jackson Davis with original hexagonal white marble […]

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Armour-Stiner Octagon House

October 31, 2010
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Be sure to stop by my other blog, Old House Tours, for the latest installment of the Armour-Stiner House in Irvington, NY.  I’ve posted almost 50 images of the interior and exterior of this important property. Also, If anyone has some ideas on other properties that I can tour and photograph for the site in […]

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“Jos. Stiner” Chair Lands At Armour-Stiner House

October 28, 2010
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Continuing from where I left off with my Victorian cliff-hanger – I was about to unveil the name written under the upholstery of one of my Egyptian Revival chairs. I was pretty excited when John Hutchinson of Rose Valley Restorations called me and told me that under the upholstery were several areas of markings on […]

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Pottier & Stymus Egyptian Revival Restoration

October 27, 2010
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A few years ago, I purchased a three-piece Pottier & Stymus Egyptian Revival set.  There was strong evidence to back up the attribution that I had made – the set was pictured in many of the reference books and labeled as so.  More importantly, almost all the hardware was marked on the back with P&S, […]

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