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Forum topic by HokieMojo posted 05-18-2009 09:20 PM 925 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-18-2009 09:20 PM

I’m looking for a very specific book and I’m not sure if it was ever written. I’d love a book that talks about furniture styles over past few hundered yrs. I’d like to know where the styles originated, their influences, key attirbutes of those pieces, and so on. I’d like it to be general enough to be readable (as opposeed to a field guide) but specific enough to learn some good stuff.

I’d also like it to be areadily available (still in print) and I’d prefer if the price were under $30, but if there were enough rave reviews I could maybe go a little higher.

Just to give you an idea of where I’m coming from, I’ve been hearing about some furniture styles that I’d like to learn more about, especially in relation to other styles. Examples would be the federal style, queen ann, greene and greene, shaker, etc.

Any advice would be appreciated. thanks!

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#1 posted 05-18-2009 09:32 PM

Here Are a couple of good ones “Five points of furniture by ALbert Sack” and “The Complete guide to Furniture Styles by Louise Ade Boger” If you can only get one get the one by Albert Sack.

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#2 posted 05-18-2009 09:52 PM

There’s American Antique Furniture by Edgar Miller Jr that comes in two volumes and is available at with shipping both books will be under $30 if you get the good or very good. Each book is $3.99 for shipping and then the prices vary. Volume one is under $2.00, Volume two is around $4.00. Unfortunately, I’ve not been able to find anyone who will ship for the one price. Old Furniture by Wenham is still available but not in print, it’s not as well rounded as what you are looking for but does have some good detail drawings.

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#3 posted 05-19-2009 03:08 AM

Museum Furniture.

I know, it’s not anywhere near, but it’s a start, sort of a quick and dirty guide while you find your gem. Coincidentally, yesterday I was browsing and downloading that whole site to my computer and thinking that I also need the kind of book you are describing. I’ll be following the answers on this thread with interest.

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#4 posted 05-19-2009 03:52 AM

Thanks for that link JoJo. I din’t know there were that many styles, but some of tehm are too close for me to differentiate :-)0

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 05-19-2009 04:25 AM

You know, the best thing about appreciating “styles” is to context them with the time and a society where they were created, all furniture styles are linked with an especific society, era and technology. that way will give you a better underestanding about the reason of a specific Style. architecture is the key in this process.

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#6 posted 05-26-2009 06:42 PM

Thanks for all the great ideas everyone. I’ve since looked through some of these on and they look like they are up my alley. I’ve also added them to my wishlist on amazon. Sorry it took me a while to say thank you. I’ve been using every spare minute I can get to work in my shop.

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