"Elementary" Clues to
Solving the Mysteries of Furniture


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

 

 

"An invaluable source

of basic information

for the antique hobbyist."

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Fred and Gail Taylor’s DVD "IDENTIFCATION OF OLDER & ANTIQUE FURNITURE" is based on a class they developed and taught for customers of their antique restoration shop. Many of their customers were curious about the age and origin of family heirlooms. They wanted to know "How old?" and "How can I tell?"

The 40 minute DVD answers those questions in a straightforward manner without frills and fluff. It covers types of joinery found in furniture, antique and modern fasteners such as nails and screws, veneering techniques and much more.

Filmed in a noted antique shop and in their restoration shop, the Taylors use actual examples from the shop and their own collection augmented by professional illustrations and photos.

This DVD is crammed from start to finish with powerful and useful information with no breaks and no commercials. The rewind button on the DVD player will get a work out.

What The Critics Say

DVD Reviews

“Is that nice old chair you bought at the auction from this century or could it be a real antique? Fred Taylor presents the basics for the furniture-buying neophyte who wants to venture forth armed with a little knowledge.

Buyers should be aware of three variables that help determine the age, and thus the price of old and antique furniture: construction technique, materials and style. Details of handmade and machine made joinery are explained. Taylor also shows the history of the manufacture and use of nails and screws as fasteners. Material (such as wood and veneers), processes, (solid, carved and plywood construction), and an overview of American Furniture styles from Queen Anne to Depression, round out the tape.

Each point is well illustrated by drawings and close-ups of the furniture itself. An excellent addition to any public library collection.” – Library Journal

"Nothing fancy here. Fred and Gail Taylor have produced a video that sets out to give the weekend browsers/collectors tips and tools enabling them to identify furniture, mostly dating from 1840 to 1950.

Beginning with history, the video is divided into short segments, including construction techniques, drawers, veneers, rockers, styles and more. Fred Taylor, who narrates the approximately 40-minute video guides the viewer with a good combination of close-up video photography and hard information.

Short on bells and whistles, the mission here is information and the video never strays far from that purpose. Taylor attempts to enlighten and protect. “You don’t want to pay an 1840 price for a 1940 repro," he says. His video will go a long way to making sure you don’t." – Maine Antiques Digest