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Know Your American Antique & Collectible Furniture

A guide to designers, styles and elements


Know Your American Antique & Collectible Furniture

Centennial stand top by Killian Bros., walnut, ca. 1876

--Southhampton Antiques (www.southamptonantiques.com)

When it comes to antiques, Americans are babes in the woods. The earliest furniture documented as having been made on these shores dates from about 1650 - a mere three and a half centuries of cabinetry. Some of the most popular furniture, like those in styles now dubbed Art Deco or Mid-Century Modern, aren't even antiques at all, strictly speaking, since an antique by the scholarly definition is something at least 100 years old. Younger than that is "vintage" or "collectible."

But whatever their official designation, American antiques are always collectible. It's fascinating to see how our native style has evolved, from almost slavish imitation of British pieces - as laid down in design books by cabinetmakers like Thomas Sheraton and George Hepplewhite - to unique forms that could only happen here, by homegrown masters like Gustav Stickley and Charles Eames.

Below is a listing of articles on quintessentially American antique furniture, furniture elements, and designers from the 17th through the 20th centuries.

Click on the title below to review each article.

American Furniture Examples

American Furniture Designers and Manufacturers

American Furniture Periods & Styles

American Interpretations of British Styles

American Furniture Components

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