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Re: Used furniture and "antique" dealers

Hank Knight
Used furniture and so-callerd "antique" dealers (not the legitimate, high-end types) label their goods with little regard to recognized classical styles. I've seen really nice American Federal tables with some moderate wear labeled as "farmhouse" style and anything with straight lines labeled "Shaker." The term "rustic" can refer to anything from a dilapidated Chippendale piece to a piece made from rough, unfinished branches and logs - it's an inclusive term. I think you're wasting your time if you try to define these usages. For the most part, they are simply words plucked out of the air by the dealer and applied to merchandise in the hope of giving it some cachet that it doesn't otherwise deserve. It's all about making a buck.

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