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Currier & Ives' America
by Walton Rawls

In the 1800s-long before the days of photojournalism and cable news-vibrant, contemporary depictions of news events, portraits of prominent political and social figures, and scenic views of the American wilderness were circulated throughout the growing nation. From the beginning of the exciting century that saw a small nation expand into a mighty world power, the famous lithographic firm of Nathaniel Currier and James Merritt Ives produced over 7,000 prints, capturing scenes of American life in vivid detail.

                                   
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ANTIQUE FURNITURE TERMINOLOGY
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Below is an illustrated, alphabetical list of terms often used to describe parts of antique furniture. This will be very helpful if youíre interested in antiques and want to learn and understand the styles and construction of various types of furniture. Although some of the terms may be confusing, itís helpful to familiarize yourself with them before buying antique furniture.

Amboyna

Amboyna is a type of wood from south east Asia usually a reddish-brown in colour with a curled and mottled grain and was used for veneers in furniture.


Acanthus

An acanthus is a leafy carved ornament in the top of the columns of the Corinthian. They are found in mahogany furniture from the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian periods.

Apron

An apron is situated below the seat rail of a chair, settee, cabinets and tables, it can be shaped like on this wonderful card table.
 

Alabaster

Alabaster is usually translucent and white or grey in color, form of the mineral gypsum which can be polished to a smooth and waxy finish. Often used in sculpture, decorative stone panelling, beads and cabochons.



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