Learning About Antique Furniture Can be Fun

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Nationall syndicated antique furniture columnist and author, Fred Taylor offers a holiday special on the combined purchase of his book, How to be a "Furniture Detective" and his video, "Identification of Older & Antique Furniture".

Finding that special gift for the antique furniture hunter and collector on a gift list just got easier with the announcement by Fred Taylor that he is offering a Holiday Special on the combined purchase of his book "How to be a Furniture Detective" And His Video "Identification of Older & Antique Furniture."

Known around the country as an expert on older and antique furniture, Taylor's two publications give basic "from the ground up" information about identifying a piece of furniture.

The video is a close up visual tour through the realm of hand made joinery, case construction, chair construction, identity of the age of beds by side rail fasteners, the evolution and dating of screws and nails and the use of veneer in American furniture. Each segment shows genuine examples of most subjects in addition to using line drawings to simplify some of the objects. The program ends with a brief overview of styles. This video is so fast paced you will need to use the "rewind" button often.

Taylor's book, featuring illustrative line drawings and color and black and white photos, gives even greater depth and background to each subject and introduces additional material such as where to look for antique furniture, what to take with you in your search, including an adjusted attitude and then jumps into the basic identification tools and techniques outlined in the video. He then introduces additional topics such as how to determine the age of furniture glass, an expanded section on tool marks, a detailed checklist for determining the condition of a piece of furniture, a section on veneer and an easily understood wood identification guide. The book winds up with a color tour of furniture styles, a self test and a glossary. It's an easy read, feeling more like a quiet conversation with an old friend than a dry scholarly tome about dusty antiques.

From now to the end of the year Taylor is offering both his book "How to be a Furniture Detective" and his video, "Identification of Older & Antique Furniture" for the combined price of $39.95 which includes free shipping and complimentary gift wrapping if requested (for Priority Mail shipments add $5.00.) Just visit Taylor's furnituredetective website and print out the order form. For more information call (800) 387-6377.

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