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Grandma’s antique chair: How homes looked like in early North America
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Centuries ago, before America became an economic powerhouse, the country had a totally different home and household structures. While their architectural styles made most of the distinction, items like furniture also defined the old American home. Longhouses, tepees, wattle houses, pueblos, and igloos (in wintry Alaska) all had different furniture inside them. The differences in climates, nature of habitation, and availability of resources made each household unique.


The ways furniture was created in the past was rooted in necessity and emphasized both form and materials. Early American dining sets were constructed with turned spindles while chairs had steaming to bend the wood. Deciduous hardwoods (particularly oak) were the most commonly used base materials. Other woods used were those from fruit-bearing trees such as cherry and walnut.

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Although many of past furniture making practices are still employed in modern industry, many items in the olden days were astoundingly impressive that only the original creator would be able to duplicate. Nineteenth-century cabinetmaker Thomas Seymour was renowned for his knock-out chest-of-drawers that featured expert veneer work, carving, and painted decoration. Also in the same period, French migrants brought with them traditional and intricately designed armoires to Louisiana and the lower Mississippi River.

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Schewels started out as a small furniture store selling items on a horse-drawn wagon. Today, the Lynchburg-based company already soars as one of the oldest and most recognized furniture houses in Virginia. For inquiries, click here.

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My mom need to read this. She's obsessed with antique furniture.

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