Victorian antique furniture refers to pieces made during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901), and includes both mass produced pieces and those hand crafted in small shops by designers such as Herter Brothers, Allen and Brother, Merklen Brothers, John Henry Belter, Alexander Roux and R.J. Horner.

Although some designers like George Hunzinger put labels or stamps on all their furniture, many did not, so attributing a Victorian piece conclusively can require lots of research. In terms of wood, walnut is generally inferior to rosewood, which was used on higher end pieces.

There are many, and very different, Victorian furniture styles. In fact, famous Victorian designer Charles Eastlake himself hated Rococo, which is mid 1850s Victorian. Here are some of the main Victorian styles:

1) Gothic Revival (circa 1830-1860). Think churches and you have a good feel for this furniture style - design elements such as arches, quatrefoils, trefoils, spires, and crockets.

2) Rococo Revival (c. 1840-1865). High-style furniture of French influence marked by use of naturalistic flora (flowers, shells) and fruit as well as C-scrolls and S-scrolls, and highly sinewy curved lines.. Early pieces may have used mahogany, but common Rococo often used Walnut, while the top-end leveraged Rosewood.

3) Renaissance Revival (c. 1860-1890). Reverses the feminine elegance of Rococo around the time of the Civil War by espousing masculine arches, cartouches, animal and human figures, inlaid panels, burl panels, gilt incising, and ormulu mounts. Subgenres include Egyptian Revival, Modern Gothic, and Neo-Grec.

4) Eastlake and Aesthetic Movement (c. 1880-1900). Moving away from the showy complicated designs of prior eras, this furniture has stylized natural elements (flowers, leaves), rectangular forms and severe lines, shallow incisings and turnings. On finer pieces, marquetry, inlay and veneering can also be found.


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The large stage was steeply raked towards the audience and covered in Victorian furniture and other paraphernalia of the period. The ceiling was hung with a myriad of Chinese paper lanterns – whether this was because the play was being performed by the ...Read more

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The newly opened upstairs exhibit at the Chester Inn gives visitors a glimpse into an 1890s lodging house, complete with historic Victorian furniture. Last year, the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum received two donations of bedroom furniture...Read more

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With the help of eBay and knowledgeable friends, Morris has no trouble appraising a 19th century cedar chest, a 1920s camera and Victorian furniture. “Pottery and kitchen items are essentially living history,” said Morris. “To me, the pride and...Read more

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Inside the restored 1820s Shaker-style barn pushed back from a well-traveled road, restored Victorian furniture, oak tables, braided rugs and wicker seem right at home. The horses galloping around the property add to the allure. “A lot of people stop...Read more

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Whether it's a religious item, Victorian furniture, a record player or a harp you're searching for, you are likely to find it at Stella Maris. The estate sale takes place at 130 East Genesee Street in Skaneateles. It runs Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m...Read more

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It appears to be in excellent condition, but unfortunately, Victorian furniture is so out of favor that its value has dropped dramatically since 2008. Collectors like Davenport desks, but this one is so Victorian that while it once had a value in the...Read more

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