My mother is famous for cutting out articles and passing them on to those that would benefit greatly from it’s content. I have a file folder full of anything from how to raise children (a lot on that topic) to decorating a cake. But somewhere in the middle I found an interesting article that came out of Woman’s Day Magazine in 1967. Furniture has a personality all it’s own and a time period to represent. Let’s see if you have any of these Early American pieces in your home today!!
William and Mary 1690-1725 ( also known as the Baroque style) This tends to be one of my favorites due to it’s strong Euopean influence.
Furniture began to change in America due to new styles coming out of England. The gateleg table was very popular due to its drop leaf frame. Side chairs remain straight with scroll work.
New England 1700-1870 Painted Windsor chairs and chests were common for this period. Corner cupboards, open dressers and tall case clocks all depict furniture from New England.
Shaker 1776-1900 The furniture in this period was all about function, not fashion. There is a lack ornamental design in the make of the furniture. Draw pulls are plain, and chair frames were often dark red.
Pennsylvania 1700-1870 The Pennsylvania style is very similar to the New England style with the exception of the Germans and Swiss influence. The Germans loved color and design. The tulip was their favorite motif. The Windsor chair was first made in the Pennsylvania colony. Case clocks and chests were common in homes of this era.
So there is your furniture history lesson for today. Thanks mom for your clippings!!