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Antique Furniture Parts

At first, for antique furniture parts, I was going to draw diagrams and such like - but after much procrastination I have decided to take pictures of furniture around me and name the various parts.

After all in just about every good book on furniture you will find diagrams which will help you further if you so wish.

Many types of carving used on earlier antique furniture, for example Elizabethan Gothic Shell carving, you will find repeated on many later pieces of Belgian, Dutch and English furniture.

French furniture is a good case in point as so many reproductions were made of earlier styles that for even the trained eye it can be difficult to decide exactly how old the antique furniture you are looking at is.

I shall endeavor to take photos of some examples of earlier and later pieces so you can get a feel for the difference. - Please give me time for this though....

Antique dining chair - Irish

Our first item for antique furniture parts, let us start with one of my rather worn and much sat upon dining chairs...

a: Stile

b: Splat

c: Toprail

d: Leg

Below is an antique anrichte (sideboard) or Milchschrank (milk cupboard) dates around 1780. It is not very deep at 17,5" (45cm). The doors are not original - perhaps they are true to the original but if you look carefully - they are just too tidy. When you look behind the doors this becomes obvious.

The rest of the cupboard is old though and you can see the saw and tool marks inside on the wood parts.

It is still a practical piece of antique furniture - perfect for shoes in the entrance hall, for example.

antique oak milk cupboard

a: Molding

b: Escutcheon

c: Top rail

d: Apron

e: Hinge

f: Kufenfüße - Skid Feet (coudn't find a better translation!)

g: Panel

Next we have a German antique Oak Table dated 1787. This has come in for restoration and I thought it would be interesting to look at.

There are tiny bits of red paint in the crevices still and some blue also. At some stage it has had other finishes on as well.

The top is very worn and the chopping marks on the table surface suggest it was in use in the kitchen at some time in its long life. Under the top are holes where a gadget has been screwed on (probably the mince meat machine).

Baroque country table

a: Wooden pegs

b: Apron

c: Loper or Bearer - one on each side,holding planks together

d: Feet similar to Spanish foot without the fluting

e: Stretcher

f: Knee


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