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07-19-2010 08:19 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question resource federal period

Does anyone know of any good internet sources for the history of and the explanation of federal period furniture.

I know there is a book:
American Furniture: The Federal Period in the Henry Francis Du Pont Winterthur Museum (Winterthur Book)

But, i was looking for a good internet resources, I googled around a bit without much success.

thanks in advance,

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#1 posted 07-19-2010 01:24 PM

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#2 posted 07-20-2010 01:32 AM

Hey david, that sounds like a good question for Chuck Bender.

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#3 posted 07-20-2010 02:57 AM


Are you looking for specific information or are you trying to get a general education on the subject? If you have specific questions, I’ll be happy to attempt to answer them if I can.

Rob Millard has some good info on his website but you’re not going to find a whole lot out there on the internet. Primarily most of the real information regarding period furniture of any period is disseminated through books and articles.

Matt, thanks for the vote of confidence… :)

-- Chuck Bender, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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#4 posted 07-20-2010 05:44 AM

Thanks Matt & Chuck,

I am more just looking for a general description of the style along with pictures, I’ve gathered quite a bit of info just searching for “federal” and “American neoclassical” on some of the popular antique auction sites.

It looks like I have a few books to add to my Christmas list though :)

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#5 posted 07-20-2010 09:56 PM

Have you tried researching Hepplewhite and Sheraton furniture since the federal style is generally considered to be a combination of the two styles:

Federal (1780-1820) – It was during the Federal era, around the birth of an independent America, when some of the most beautiful and elegant antique furniture was produced. Federal era furniture in America was often constructed of cherry and sometimes red-stained walnut, unlike British Federal furniture, which was often mahogany. Many American Federal furniture works incorporated symbols of the new-found American freedom, like eagles and stars. Some of the important, influential furniture designers of this period included Duncan Phyfe, John Shaw, John Dolan and Samuel McIntire. The styles of English designers Thomas Sheraton and George Hepplewhite also influenced American Federal design. Outstanding examples of American Federal furniture have been preserved and are on display in museums and historic homes in many of the historic districts around the nation’s capital, such as Georgetown, Alexandria, and Rosslyn, Virginia.

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#6 posted 02-15-2016 04:34 AM

There’s a great book I found at the SFSU Library, It looks to be quite rare as it was only available on request there, and I couldn’t take it home. I had to take pics / copies of the card table designs I wanted.
Good luck,

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#7 posted 02-15-2016 12:36 PM

The Society of American Period Furniture Makers is not a single book, but a great resource in general if you like period furniture. Investigate SAPFM… Depending on where you live, you may find many opportunities to learn directly from recognized experts in your style of interest.

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