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Researching Antique Furniture

Finding information about antique furniture is one of the more challenging areas of research for the collector. The vast range of periods and styles, as well as the manufacture of reproductions and fakes, makes the identification and authentication of furniture particularly complicated. The following titles help to identify furniture styles and their periods, describe how to spot fakes and reproductions, and contain price information for furniture. This list is only an introduction to the materials owned by the library; see Searching the Library Catalog to learn how to find more.

Identification and Price Guides

 
 
Dubrow, Eileen
Styles of American Furniture, 1860-1960
(r)q NK2407.D82 1997
 
 
 
Moran, Mark F.
Warman's Arts & Crafts Furniture
(r)q NK2240.M85 2004x
 
Schwartz, Marvin D.
American Furniture: Tables, Chairs, Sofas & Beds
NK2715.S29 2000x
 
Swedberg, Robert W.
Encyclopedia of American Oak Furniture
(r)q NK2405.S93 2000
 
Swedberg, Robert W.
Furniture of the Depression Era: Furniture and Accessories of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s
Paducah, KY: Collector Books, c1987.
(r)q NK2408 .S9 1987x
 

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Encyclopedias and Dictionaries of Styles and Periods

Andrews, John
Antique Furniture
NK2240.A47 1997x
 
Furniture
NK2240.F87 2001x
 
 
 
 

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Directories of Makers and Manufacturers

 
 
 

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Buyers’ Guides

 
 
 
 

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Searching the Library Catalog

Subject Headings

Subject headings are assigned to each book so that you can find it in the Library Catalog with the SUBJECT search. The following is a list of useful subject headings to find books on furniture.

You can start with a very broad subject heading, such as Furniture, OR you can subdivide it by country, state, style or other descriptive term, as in the following examples:

Some subject headings may be further subdivided:

There are many more specific subject headings that may be useful, such as:

Although browsing through the subject headings can be useful, it is often better to use a KEYWORD search to combine subject headings, since many books may have more than one subject heading.

Sample word searches:

Browsing the Shelves

Browsing the open stacks is often the easiest method for finding circulating books on related topics. Take note, However, that you can find related books in four different places on the shelves in the at Main Library. Books on furniture They are in the NK2200's to the NK2700's and qNK2200 to qNK2700 in the Library of Congress classification system, and in 749's and q749 in the Dewey Decimal system.

Browsing the open stacks is often the easiest method for finding circulating books on related topics. However, you can find related books in four different places on the shelves in the Main Library. Books on furniture are in the NK2200 to NK2700 and in the oversized qNK2200 to qNK2700 in the Library of Congress (LC) classification system, and in 749 and q749 in the Dewey Decimal system.

 

Internet Sources