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Have you ever wondered what a ‘finial’ is.  Or maybe a ‘stretcher base’.  What about a ‘tester’?

All these terms, plus many others are often referred while describing  a piece of furniture.  You’ll see the ‘experts’ on shows like the ‘Antiques Roadshow’ use these terms all the time.

Now you too can be an expert by studying the following diagrams illustrated below.

Enjoy and commit them to memory if you can.  Try throwing around some of these terms the next time you go shopping to your favourite antique store.  You’ll may be surprised at the response you’ll get.

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