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December 18, 2012 - Filed under: Antiques Advice — David

Lancashire people with Victorian dining chairs or other antique furniture in their homes are being offered the chance to found out more about their heirlooms by Antique Collecting magazine.

Many people are puzzled by the antique furniture they own. It’s fairly easy to identify an antique oak pedestal desk or Victorian balloon backed dining chair in Lancashire, but many people puzzle over when it was made, and by whom – wondering if it a local craftsman, or a workshop further afield. For many pieces of fine furniture, the most obvious question is: how much is it worth? Some items are so unusual or bizarre, however, that the owner is driven to ask: what, exactly was it used for?

Now, John Andrews – the managing editor of Antique Collector magazine, a fine furniture specialist and the author of several books including one on Arts and Crafts furniture – is offering to answer some of these perplexing questions. All queries must be made by the 20th January and sent as an email, with a clear, good quality photograph of the item attached. The most interesting objects will then be selected for a feature on the magazine’s website.

An unusual sidechair with an off-centred back has been used as an example of what the magazine is looking for. It is actually a ceremonial chair that originally had brackets through which carrying poles were run. Inward-curved arms held the occupant in place.

Antique dining chairs in Lancashire come in all shapes and sizes. A good antique dealer can help buyers looking for something quirky or unusual.

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