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Some Furniture History and Interesting Facts
The first humans were nomads
( moved from place to place) and found what they needed about them from
what nature provided. When they learned to cultivate the soil humans generally ceased living as hunter-gatherers.
They established homes beside their cultivated land and meadows. At first these were simple huts of wood and reed, perhaps daubed with clay or mud. Later some of them learned to make homes built of
nat ural stone and baked clay but this was more the exception than the rule.
The walls of their houses were often weaker than the solid timber doors. It is not surprising then that the ancient Greek word for a 'housebreaker' has
the literal meaning of 'he who breaks through a wall'.
Did you know... Before 1600 chairs were used only by the master and mistress of the house. Everyone else had to sit on stools or benches.
Oldest Known Piece of American
The oldest known piece of American antique furniture is assigned to Thomas Mulninert. It is certain that this joiner worked between 1639 and 1650 in the colony of New Haven. The trade of cabinet maker became more commonplace from 1680 onwards.
The Earliest Furniture Antiques
Humans only began to make furniture when they started to settle in a fixed place.
The early furniture was understandably very primitive and entirely utilitarian but gradually the appearance of furniture also began to have more importance and it became decorated. The furnishings of wealthy households became more refined and unified in style. The ancient Greeks and Romans had stools, three-legged footstools, easy- chairs, and forms of chaise
There were tables with one to four legs card tables and folding
tables and also beds, plus large and small cabinets and chests. In Egypt these were made
of different types of wood, leather, string, palm fronds, and reed. Luxury furniture was often decorated with glass and
majolica with fittings of precious metal.
AMERICAN ANTIQUES, FURNITURE
(Styles & Periods)
THE OAK AGE (1540-1660)
THE WALNUT AGE (1660-1730)
THE MAHOGANY AGE (1730- 1840)
VICTORIAN AGE (1830- 1901)
Early Colonial 1625 to 1688
William and Mary 1688 to 1694
Dutch Colonial 1694 to 1702
Queen and 1702 to 1714
Chippendale 1714 to 1727
Early Federal 1790 to 1810
American Directoire 1798 to 1804
American Empire 1804 to 1815
Later Federal Antique Furniture Period 1810 to 1830
Victorian Period 1837 to 1901
We try to add to this site frequently genuine information on all kinds of antique furniture. Feel free to check back every so often to see what new items have been added.
Eventually we hope to cover much more of the antique furniture area as it relates to the American, English, British and other European periods and styles.
In particular, visitors have ask for historical information (and we will eventually get it covered) on Tester Beds, antique cabinets,
chairs and antique desks.