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Nothing says “nap” like a soft,
hand-knitted throw draped over an
easy chair or across the foot of a bed.
A nearly irresistible invitation to
snuggle up and read, watch a movie or
snooze, a handmade throw adds a touch
of luxury to a room — and few gifts are
If you’d like to add a little luxury
to your life (or share it with someone
else), all you need are some knitting
needles, yarn and a full-color, 13-page
guidebook. “Quick-Knit Throws” features
step-by-step instructions for four
original throw designs that are downright
If you’re a beginner or just need to
brush up on your knitting skills, a section
of general instructions will help
you get started.
An illustrated stitch guide, a knitting
needle conversion chart, a word
about gauge, a guide to abbreviations
and a yarn-weight chart round out the
Full-color photos of each completed
throw make it easy to choose the
perfect project. Designs include “Sprigs
and Braids” (pictured), “Ripple,”
“Earthtone Plaid” and “White
The “Quick-Knit Throws” guidebook,
No. LA3615, costs $6.95.
If you need to start at the beginning,
try “Learn to Knit in Just One Day,”
No. AN1210, a
33-page guidebook available for $6.95.
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by Don and Dave Runyan
Antiques with odd
names can be puzzling
Whether you are trying to sell family
antiques or you are a beginning collector,
have you ever wondered how to describe
them or what the auction catalog is really
It’s a matter of knowing the language of
Test your knowledge with some of the
following examples. Begin with that “family
heirloom” that at first glance appears
to be a strange type of small desk, but
resembles a lectern. Its proper name is a
But, isn’t a davenport also a type of sofa?
When is a table not a table? This occurs
when it is a writing table or a “bureau
plat.” This is just a French term for a desk
with a flaring writing surface.
Then there is the “Schrank.” It is a massive
cupboard, a wardrobe and a “kas.”
Knowing that a “voyeuse” isn’t the plural
of “voyeur,” but an 18th-century card
player’s chair and what one looks like
might help you make a valuable discovery.
The voyeuse had a padded top rail to the
back for an observer to lean on while the
chair’s occupant played cards.
What about a piece of furniture described
That doesn’t necessarily mean the piece
is Japanese. It describes an object made
with simulated Oriental lacquering and
the building up of designs with varnish
Consider a piece of “Turkey work.”
Would you believe it describes knotted
fabric in geometrical or pictorial motifs,
in imitation of Turkish carpet knotting?
It was originally popular from the 16th
to 17th centuries.
In the late 19th century, it was adapted
for pictorial hooked rugs.
What about a trolley? Made of elaborately
decorated silver, it was a four-wheel
dining accessory that could hold two bottles
of wine or condiments and be pushed
around the table.
There was a time when a “silver caster”
was found on 18th- and 19th-century
dining tables. Larger than today’s salt
shakers and with a pierced cover, it was
used to “cast” powdered condiments and
sugar on food.
Sometimes, otherwise elegant antiques
have an equally elegant sounding name,
but the meaning is far from elegant. A
good example is the “Cheval” glass, fulllength
mirror. It literally translates to
“horse mirror.” It describes a mirror big
enough to reflect a horse.
One of my favorite terms is “squab.”
This refers not to a game bird but to removable,
stuffed cushions originally used
on 17th- and 18th-century French chairs.
So if someone refers to the “striped
squab on his bergere,” your knowledge
of “antiquese” will know they are talking
about an upholstered easy chair with a
CLUES: Many items are passed up
because the finder didn’t know what the
item was used for or what the name signified.
For fun, try a guessing game with
friends who think they know everything
about antiques and collectibles.
Do you have an antique item and need more
information? For a personal reply, send a
photo, along with history, size and any
signatures with a self-addressed, stamped
envelope and $25, to Anne Gilbert, 1811
Renaissance Commons Blvd., No. 2319,
Boynton Beach, FL 33426.
by Anne Gilbert
A TOUCH OF THE PAST ANTIQUES, LAMBERTVILLE, N.J.
Nineteenth-century Davenport Desk