Featured Oak Hall Tree...age?

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  1. Bluebird87

    Bluebird87 New Member

    Screenshot_20201225-181214_Textra.jpg Screenshot_20201225-181209_Textra.jpg Screenshot_20201225-181527_Photos.jpg Screenshot_20201225-181050_Photos.jpg We purchased this hall tree in Central North Carolina several years ago at a flea market. The seller seemed to think it was mid to late 1800s but I am not sure how accurate that is. I just refinished it as a gift for my mother and now I am trying to get thoughts as to how old it may be. The original mirror is beveled and we have it but did not install it yet. It came with the original hooks too but I have not installed those yet.

    The top has a face that appears to have been molded on in some fashion...it is not wood like the rest of the piece. I have included a picture of the top portion when we got it, as it was being refinished, and up close now.

    Can try to get better pics if necessary from my mom..any input is appreciated!

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  2. i need help

    i need help Moderator Moderator

    Great job!!! What a difference! :)
  3. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    I agree, great job. @Ghopper1924 will probably know more about it.
  4. Ghopper1924

    Ghopper1924 Well-Known Member

    Beautiful! So good to see someone bringing a quality piece back to life!!!

    I'd call this an oak Neo-Renaissance hall tree and date it to ca. 1890-1910. Most folks call the woman's face a "Brittania head" or "Jenny Lind head" or something similar. I don't think it's actually supposed to represent a specific living (or once-living) individual. The furniture maker probably bought it from another manufacturer. It looks to be made of some artificial substance; I've got an Ansonia clock with a similar feature.

    Again, nice job!!
  5. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    You rescued a beautiful piece. That is a lot of work and well worth your efforts.
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  6. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    BEAUTIFUL REFINISHING/RESTORATION JOB!!!! Your Mom HAS to be thrilled!!!!:happy::happy::happy:
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  7. Sedona

    Sedona Well-Known Member

    That is amazing! Curious, what did you do to refinish it and stain it? You did a fantastic job.
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  8. Bluebird87

    Bluebird87 New Member

    Thank you! This was my first time refinishing anything. I lightly sanded it and then used the citri strip gel to strip the stain. For the detailed pieces we used a brush to get as much as we could off. After that we lightly sanded again and then Minwax dark walnut as the stain. I only lightly stained it though... didn't leave it on for the entire 15 minutes so it wouldn't be as dark. I also used pure tung oil at the end.
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  9. Bluebird87

    Bluebird87 New Member

    Thank you! She loves it. Can't wait to add the mirror and hooks
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  10. Bluebird87

    Bluebird87 New Member

    Thank you for this! I am passing this on to my mom. I thought late 1800s or early 1900s seemed most likely. It is a beautiful piece and I wish they made furniture like this still.
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