Antique (Sheraton Style?) Footrest / Window Seat - Help

Reply Wed 17 Jun, 2015 05:42 pm

I had some question about the Footrest / Windows seat i acquired. I'd say the most unique aspect of this piece is the legs, which I seem to think align with the Sheraton Style (of furniture leg styles), but I am not positive. The material/Upholstery seems to be something I've never seen before (granted I am only 29). It feels some what like soft form / Automobile upholstery / other. Also, the nails underneath seem to be hand forged vs. factory.

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Reply Wed 17 Jun, 2015 06:04 pm
Its "in the style of" Sheraton. I dont think its an antique because its pine, its fairly non decorated (sheraton legs were usually fluted and more ornate and were made of more durable woods than pine).

I think the cover facbric was wrapped around that sheet of plywood and probably stapled. .I think Id take it to a reputable dealer to confirm that its not a valuable antique, Then I wouldnt feel bad about stripping nd repainting it in a cream or rice paper white.

Of course, We cant really do detailed scanning from pictures on the web.
However,Im a part timer who specializes in Pa Dutch and Arts n Crafts furniture , but I dont know if Ive ever seen "footrests" in Sheraton style.
Reply Wed 17 Jun, 2015 06:07 pm
Ok, thank you for the detailed information that you know of! Could I possibly contact you regarding just 2 more dutch pieces? (1 has vintage dutch sticker/label underneath and the other one I am sure if also dutch).

Thanks you
Reply Wed 17 Jun, 2015 06:19 pm
The screws don't really suggest an older piece, but it's hard to be sure from online pix.
Reply Wed 17 Jun, 2015 06:27 pm
Thank you for your input!

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Reply Wed 17 Jun, 2015 07:23 pm
sure. You can send me a Private message (aPM) just by clicking n my picture and getting my personal page.

You have some Pa Dutch pieces? a label sticker is always a good thing for identifying shop made pieces. Pa Dutch shops were always using stickers rather than carving their names. They als used pencil writing (All in some out-of-the-way places).

E Beth was right about the screws on the glue block pictures. One of em has a round head and a flat head "counter sunk_ screw.That meant that probably someone had messed with it.
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Reply Wed 17 Jun, 2015 11:09 pm
If you google "sheraton furniture" then press image, you will see a page full of elegant mahogany pieces, mostly with thin, tapered legs with intricate design detail.

I am afraid that your piece is (imo) not that old and has a much lower level of craftsmanship.
As previously mentioned, the top has been replaced with ply, and a homemade upholstery job has been carried out.
I think it is pretty much mass produced, probably in the 50's, and over here in the UK you could find such a thing for a fiver in most old junk shops.

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