Last Thursday, I went to an interesting preview at a local auction house. Not the high-end auction house but still a reasonable place. What made this auction unique was the large amount of reproduction furniture. It is the estate of a someone that must have populated their house with better reproductions. Largely factory reproductions but still, the better stuff. The featured manufacturers were:

Biggs – A Richmond, VA based company that among other things was licensed to produce the Old Dominion Collection, Old Sturbridge Village Collection and Thomas Jefferson Furniture Reproductions. Acquired by Kittinger Furniture in 1975 and somehow disappeared in a series of ownership changes.

Craftique – A local venerated furniture company that made more period inspired furniture that reproductions. Closed in 2012 during the economic downturn.

Benbow Reproductions – A Greensboro, NC based company still active, making what they call Early American and Colonial Reproductions. When I get a chance, I will go and explore.

I went. I took pictures. I blog.

First, some actual, genuine antiques, or so they claim.

19th Century American Country Windsor Rocking Chair

19th Century American Country Windsor Rocking Chair

19th Century Piedmont, NC Country Cupboard

19th Century Piedmont, NC Country Cupboard

19th Century North Carolina Open Pewter Cupboard

19th Century North Carolina Open Pewter Cupboard

19th Century George III Mahogany Linen Press

19th Century George III Mahogany Linen Press

Not the original hardware.

Not the original hardware.

This is why it's a press.

This is why it’s a press.

Interesting details.

Interesting details.

Well executed oval banding.

Well executed oval banding.

Some vintage electronics.

1959 Sylvania Halo-Light Television

1959 Sylvania Halo-Light Television

1937 Zenith 12U158 Floor Model Radio

1937 Zenith 12U158 Floor Model Radio

I’ll tell you what, this is getting a bit long. Why don’t you all take a break. Get your favorite beverage. Do some work, if you must.

I’ll be back in a bit and get to the reproductions.