Featured Items – Victorian and Edwardian Furniture

There are many concepts of what constitutes an “Antique”.  To Millennials, an antique is anything from the 1970s or 1980s – long before they were born.  For others, it feels antique if it was made before 1950. According to US Customs laws, an antique is any work of art, piece of furniture, decorative object, or the like created or produced 100 years before the date of purchase.

Using US Customs standards, anything built before 1918, then, is “officially” an antique.  Whatever your “cutoff” is, most of us living today would agree that objects produced during the Victorian (1837 – 1901) and Edwardian (1901 – 1910) eras qualify as a bona fide antiques.

Given that, I want to introduce you to some of my favorite Victorian and Edwardian furniture,  now available in the store.

This table with a complete set of balloon back chairs is a magnificent example.  The dual pedestal legs are ornately carved and the chairs with a carved rose detail have a lovely patina, earned of their age.  The upholstery was replaced in, my best guess, the 1970s.

When we purchased this piece, we referred to it as “the piano desk”. It was only later that we learned our instincts were almost correct.  This is a re-purposed organ!   While we are not big fans of “re-purposing”, especially if it involves paint of any kind, this piece is beautiful and functional. It is a desk any office would be able to display proudly. Our personal preferences aside, re-purposing does seem to be all the rage these days. In this case, we think the results were pretty stunning.

Speaking of musical instruments, do you remember pump organs?  These were sometimes called “reed organs” because the bellows pumped air across the reeds which produced the sound. Also referred to as harmoniums or melodeons, these beauties were wildly popular from the 1850s until the 1920s, when the piano began to replace them in society. You will see these beautiful pieces of furniture re-purposed into desks, bars, even vanities.  I happen to love this one just the way it stands.  It could use a little love from a collector who wants to make it functional again. Half of the keys work to produce music.  The furniture itself is still a sight to behold with intricate carving, a lovely finish, and platforms for pedestal candles on each side of the keyboard.

This is just a small sampling of what is available in the store today! In future posts I will be showing you antiques and collectibles from other eras, so stay tuned.

Better yet, stop by the store at 8251 S. Main Street, Helen, GA.

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What is it that we find so intriguing about antiques?

For us – everything. It is the smell of old wood. It is the warmth of one-hundred year-old patina. It is the style of ages past. It is the memories evoked by touching a bowl or teacup that is “just like my nana used to have”. It’s the delight of finding a toy that you spent HOURS playing with as a child.

We are also intrigued by the story – the idea and the history of a thing. Even if we don’t know the exact provenance of a beautiful old thing, our imaginations can fill in the blanks.  Take, for example, this old Zenith radio.     

If seeing this gorgeous art deco style furnishing with a waterfall front, sparkling glass crystal, and genuine bakelite knobs has you has you thinking of “A Christmas Story” and Ralphie listening to Little Orphan Annie and dreaming of his Secret Decoder Pin, then you have the idea, exactly.  Can you imagine how proud the “old man” was they day he brought this wireless beauty home for his family to enjoy? If his eyes boggled at the sight of a glowing leg lamp, imagine the pride he felt at providing his family a brand new console radio. The joy must have been palpable.

So, now you know why the antique bug has bitten us so hard. It is so much more than buying and selling. It is finding, and enjoying. Learning, and sharing. We hope you will stop in and spend some time browsing and sharing your story.