"Elementary" Clues to
Solving the Mysteries of Furniture


Fred Taylor, columnist of the Nationally Syndicated "Common Sense Antiques"

Volume II

“Common Sense Antiques Volumes I and II”, 60 columns each, have been compiled, edited and updated in two downloadable .pdf files with numerous color photos.  Each column is 800-1200 words and includes I.D. methods, repair techniques, antique furniture history, suggested research materials, important cabinet makers and general insights into  antique furniture. Each column is written in an easy to read and understand conversational manner but is loaded with important information, both technical and historical.

Common Sense Antiques by Fred Taylor

Volume II "COMMON SENSE ANTIQUES" Table of Contents


#61 - OLD NAILS - A CLINCHING STORY
#62 - ROUGH STUFF #1 - INTRODUCTION TO SANDPAPER

#63 - ROUGH STUFF #2 - CHOOSING THE RIGHT ONE

#64 - PATINA - CAN I BUY SOME?

#65 - APPRAISAL - WHY AND WHO

#66 - HUNTING SKILLS - WHAT YOU NEED TO STALK ANTIQUES

#67 - FURNITURE FABLES - LIES YOUR GREAT AUNT TOLD YOU

#68 - ORIGINAL FINISH - IS IT THE END?

#69 - TAG - YOUR'RE IT - READING LABELS

#70 - AGING WITH STYLE - IS STYLE THE KEY?

#71 - THE RE FAMILY - FINISH, COAT, CONDITION

#72 - GENERIC NAMES - REAL PEOPLE

#73 - SURFACE SAVER - GLASS TOPS

#74 - ARTY AND CRAFTY - ON A MISSION

#75 - VANITY - THY NAME IS...

#76 - MISSING PIECES - A.W.O.L. FURNITURE PARTS

#77 - FUNCTIONAL ART - THE PIANO

#78 – PURE GUM THE - WOOD OF THE DEPRESSION

#79 – IS IT ANTIQUE? – WHO’S ASKING?

#80 – STICKLEY? - WHICH STICKLEY?

#81 – STEEL WOOL – HANDLE WITH CARE

#82 – BID UP – AUCTION TERMINOLOGY

#83 – GETTING HELP – HOW?

#84 – THE “REAL” HITCHCOCK – HOW TO TELL

#85 – CHECK THE OIL – AT THE DOOR

#86 – MERSMAN TABLES – THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!

#87 – STINKY STUFF – GET RID OF THE SMELL

#88 – USING THE “OLD STUFF” – ENJOY YOUR TREASURE

#89 – WHAT MAKES IT VALUABLE? – THE FOUR PART TEST

#90 – FURNITURE LABELS – MAKERS, RETAILERS, ASSOCIATIONS

#91 – ODDS ‘N’ ENDS – WHY DO THEY CALL IT THAT?

#92 – THE WRONG IMPRESSION – MISLEADING TERMS

#93 – BUILDING A LIBRARY – THE FOUNDATION

#94 – BUILDING A LIBRARY – THE PERIOD

#95 -  BUILDING A LIBRARY – THE SPECIFICS

#96 – GRAND RAPIDS FURNITURE – ALWAYS GRAND?

#97 – FURNITURE CONDITION – THE “F” WORDS 

#98 – GERMAN INNOVATION – 19TH CENTURY CONTRIBUTIONS 

#99 – PRIMITIVE TO GIMLET – FURNITURE SCREWS

#100 – THE STICK CHAIR – INTRODUCTION TO THE WINDSOR 

#101 – OUTSOURCING – WHO REALLY MADE IT?  

#102 – TOP SECURITY – CUSTOM TABLE PADS   

#103 – WET WORRY – DEALING WITH WATER DAMAGE 

#104 – FLIGHTS OF FANCY – IMAGINARY NAMES 

#105 – NOT EMPIRE? – WHAT IS IT THEN?

#106 – OLD BRASS – OR IS IT?

#107 – THE 19TH CENTURY – REVIVAL TIME 

#108 – WRITE THE AD RIGHT – SELL THE PIECE 

#109 – ART FURNITURE – THE AESTHETIC MOVEMENT 

#110 – SECOND CITY FURNITURE – GOOD STUFF FROM CHICAGO

#111 – ROCK ON – PLATFORM ROCKER SPRINGS 

#112 – THE SMELL TEST – GETTING GOOD ADVICE 

#113 – GROUND TRUTH – GO FIND SOME  

#114 – COMING SOON – 20TH CENTURY ANTIQUES?

#115 – DEPRESSION SURVIVAL - NOVELTY FURNITURE

#116 – SOCIAL FUNCTION – FURNITURE TO FIT 

#117 – WICKER FURNITURE – A PROCESS, NOT A MATERIAL 

#118 – THAT’S MY STORY – IT’S FAMILY HISTORY   

#119 – ORGANIC THREATS – DANGERS TO YOUR FURNITURE 

#120 – CHEAP TRICKS – FAKE FINISHES