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Miniature Antique Furniture, First Edition
By Herbert F. Schiffer, Peter B. Schiffer
Located in valatie, NY
Miniature Antique Furniture by Herbert F. and Peter B. Schiffer. Wynnewood: Livingston Publishing Company, 1972. First edition hardcover with dust jacket. 264 pp. A study of handcraf...
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20th Century American Books

Materials

Paper

Antique Miniature Doll Furniture Dresser Chest of Drawers
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique miniature pine chest of five drawers with white porcelain drawer pulls.   
Category

Early 20th Century American Colonial Models and Miniatures

Materials

Porcelain, Pine

Miniature Antique Miniature Marquetry Desk
Located in New York, NY
Miniature antique miniature marquetry desk. Measure: 8.75" H.
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20th Century Models and Miniatures

Materials

Wood

  • Miniature Antique Miniature Marquetry Desk
  • Miniature Antique Miniature Marquetry Desk
  • Miniature Antique Miniature Marquetry Desk
  • Miniature Antique Miniature Marquetry Desk
H 8.75 in. W 3.5 in. D 5.5 in.
Antique Miniature Mahogany Bow Chest
Located in Bedfordshire, GB
A very attractive and elegant mid-19th century mahogany miniature bow fronted chest having well figured top above two short and two long drawers raised on elegant splay feet.
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Antique Mid-19th Century English Victorian Models and Miniatures

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Mahogany

  • Antique Miniature Mahogany Bow Chest
  • Antique Miniature Mahogany Bow Chest
  • Antique Miniature Mahogany Bow Chest
  • Antique Miniature Mahogany Bow Chest
H 14.5 in. W 13 in. D 7.5 in.
Victorian Antique Mahogany Miniature Chiffonier
Located in Bedfordshire, GB
A charming mid-19th century mahogany two door miniature chiffonier having carved decoration to back and two-panelled below on original plinth (An unusual type of piece to see a ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century English Victorian Models and Miniatures

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Mahogany

Gilded Antique Friezes for Furniture
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
- Rare gilded friezes for furniture, to enrich Your door, Your mirror, Your headboard of bed etc. - O/6842 - crown antique in gilt bronze - cm. 26 x height 11 x thickness 1.5 - O/7...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Italian Beaux Arts Models and Miniatures

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Bronze

  •  Gilded Antique Friezes for Furniture
  •  Gilded Antique Friezes for Furniture
  •  Gilded Antique Friezes for Furniture
  •  Gilded Antique Friezes for Furniture
H 4.34 in. W 10.24 in. D 0.6 in.
Antique Portrait Miniatures of Fashionable Lady
Located in Firenze, IT
SHIPPING POLICY: No additional costs will be added to this order. Shipping costs will be totally covered by the seller (customs duties included). Enamel portrait of a lady with pow...
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Early 20th Century English Victorian Models and Miniatures

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Ebony

Antique Miniature Bowfront Chest of Drawers
Located in Bedfordshire, GB
A late Regency mahogany miniature bowfronted chest of two short and three long drawers retaining original turned wooden knobs above shaped apron and original splay bracket feet.
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Antique Mid-19th Century English Regency Models and Miniatures

Materials

Mahogany

Antique Edwardian Quality Mahogany Inlaid Miniature Bureau
Located in Norwich, GB
Antique Edwardian quality mahogany inlaid miniature bureau having a quality mahogany inlaid fall opening to reveal a fitted interior above three mahogany inlaid drawers with original...
Category

Vintage 1910s English Edwardian Models and Miniatures

Materials

Other

Antique Portrait Miniatures of Fashionable Lady
Located in Firenze, IT
SHIPPING POLICY: No additional costs will be added to this order. Shipping costs will be totally covered by the seller (customs duties included). Enamel portrait of a lady with lon...
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Early 20th Century English Victorian Models and Miniatures

Materials

Ebony

Antique Georgian Miniature Bowfront Chest of Drawers
Located in Bedfordshire, GB
A Fine Quality George III Period Mahogany Bowfronted Miniature Chest Of Two Short And Three Long Drawers Having Well Figured Top Raised On Elegant Original Splayed Feet
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Antique Early 19th Century English George III Models and Miniatures

Materials

Mahogany

Georgian Antique 18th Century Mahogany Miniature Chest
Located in Bedfordshire, GB
A charming mid-18th century mahogany miniature chest retaining exceptional untouched color and patina with two short and three long drawers and original brass handles raised on or...
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Antique Mid-18th Century English Georgian Models and Miniatures

Materials

Mahogany

Rare Antique Miniature Bamboo Set Thonet Style
Located in Vienna, AT
Antique miniature bamboo set, thonet style, table with bench and two armchairs, very good quality, good original condition Measures: Bench (Height: 19.5cm Width: 16cm Depth 8 cm...
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Antique Early 1900s Models and Miniatures

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Bamboo

  • Rare Antique Miniature Bamboo Set Thonet Style
  • Rare Antique Miniature Bamboo Set Thonet Style
  • Rare Antique Miniature Bamboo Set Thonet Style
  • Rare Antique Miniature Bamboo Set Thonet Style
H 5.32 in. W 5.71 in. D 4.53 in.
Antique Cast Iron Miniature Cabinet, ca. 1900
Located in Petaluma, CA
This cast iron cabinet has all the little extras that make it fun. The doors on top open to reveal an original shelf. There is a working drawer, and above all the paint is original a...
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Early 20th Century American Other Models and Miniatures

Materials

Iron

Antique English Miniature Oak Chest of Drawers
Located in Port Chester, NY
Charming piece, lovely color. Suitable for smaller pieces of jewelry. Well-made, chipwork and champhered elements.
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Early 20th Century English Models and Miniatures

Materials

Oak

Antique 1950s Italian Handcrafted Oak Doll / Miniature Folding Chair
Located in New York, NY
A charming model of a folding chair, entirely handmade in Italy in oak, quality of construction and attention to details, in excellent original condition. A decorative item to brin...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Models and Miniatures

Materials

Metal

Antique Grand Tour Italy Miniature Landscape Monuments Campagna Embroidery
Located in Munich, DE
This is a rare embroidered Grand Tour souvenir of an italian landscape with archutectural motifs. This beautiful miniature embroidery is in good order, although the colours have sli...
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Antique 1790s English George III Models and Miniatures

Materials

Cotton, Oak

Antique Victorian Pine Miniature Salesman Sample Vanity Dresser Cabinet Mirror
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique 19th century Victorian salesman sample miniature pine mirrored dresser with one drawer over a two shelf cabinet.  
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Antique 19th Century Victorian Models and Miniatures

Materials

Mirror, Pine

Antique Miniature Oak Salesman Sample Gallery Dresser Dollhouse Chest
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique miniature quartersawn oak salesman sample or doll furniture bowfront chest of four drawers with gallery edge or back splash and black drawer pulls. Measure:6”.  
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Antique 19th Century Rustic Models and Miniatures

Materials

Oak

Victorian Antique Apprentice Piece Miniature Pitch Pine Cabinet 1880
Located in London, GB
People like to use the term ‘apprentice pieces’ when referring to small pieces of miniature furniture,but more often than not this isn’t the case. But what is an apprentice piece and...
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Antique 1880s English Victorian Models and Miniatures

Materials

Pine

Antique Salesman Sample Miniature Mirrored Armoire Doll Wardrobe Display Cabinet
Located in Miami Beach, FL
19th Century Victorian miniature armoire used by salesman to show their wears back in the olden days. This cabinet features a pair of double mirrored doors that open up to reveal two...
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Antique 19th Century Victorian Models and Miniatures

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Mirror, Wood

Miniature Antique Louis XV Style Chest of Drawers from France, circa 1910
Located in Dallas, TX
This antique miniature French table top commode dates to the early 1900s. It is in the Louis XV style with splayed feet, shaped (or "bombe") sides, and bronze hardware throughout. Th...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Models and Miniatures

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Fruitwood, Walnut

Antique French Art Deco Mirrored Three-Door Prototype Miniature Armoire, 1920s
Located in Barntrup, DE
Unique and stunning French Art Deco three-door miniature armoire with mirror, brass handles, and hand-carved floral ornaments. Two removable shelves. Most probably it was a prototy...
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Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Models and Miniatures

Materials

Metal

1980s French Antique Handmade Miniature Shoe Made of Silk and Fabric
Located in Malaga, ES
1980s French antique handmade miniature shoe made of silk and fabric Atelier Jean Claude.
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Vintage 1980s Models and Miniatures

Materials

Fabric, Silk

Miniature Antique Comb Back Windsor Armchair Based on the 18th Century Design
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely miniature antique 18th century style Windsor Comb back armchair A good looking and decorative piece, most likely a salesman sample ...
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Early 20th Century English Georgian Models and Miniatures

Materials

Wood

Antique Miniature Portrait with an 18-Karat Yellow Gold Frame & Fitted Case
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This well executed miniature portrait was made in England in approximately 1900 in the period Edwardian style and comes with its original fitted leather case. The painting is unsigne...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Edwardian Models and Miniatures

Materials

Gold

1980s French Antique Handmade Miniature Shoe Made of Silk and Fabric
Located in Malaga, ES
1980s French antique handmade miniature shoe made of silk and fabric Atelier Jean Claude.
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Vintage 1980s French Models and Miniatures

Materials

Fabric, Silk

Spanish Pedal Car from the 30s, Denia
By Europa Antiques
Located in Madrid, ES
Pedal car from the 30s, Denia beautiful pedal car it is manufactured in denia in the decade of the 30s although it has no visible marks or label, it looks like it is a car manufactur...
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20th Century Spanish Modern Models and Miniatures

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Metal

  • Spanish Pedal Car from the 30s, Denia
  • Spanish Pedal Car from the 30s, Denia
  • Spanish Pedal Car from the 30s, Denia
  • Spanish Pedal Car from the 30s, Denia
H 19.69 in. W 51.97 in. D 20.48 in.
Antique Silver Tortoise Table Bell
By Grey & Co, Birmingham 1
Located in London, GB
Rare and charming wind-up antique silver table or desk bell in the form of a tortoise. The creature's shell is handmade and hand chased silver while the mechanism parts and legs are ...
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Vintage 1910s English Models and Miniatures

Materials

Sterling Silver, Steel

  • Antique Silver Tortoise Table Bell
  • Antique Silver Tortoise Table Bell
  • Antique Silver Tortoise Table Bell
  • Antique Silver Tortoise Table Bell
H 2 in. W 5.5 in. D 3 in.
Multiple Antique English Bronze Seal
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
Rare unique piece ! Multiple English seal for sealing wax: in bronze, antique, perfect, with the sculpted image of its owner on hard stone.
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Antique Late 18th Century English Other Models and Miniatures

Materials

Bronze

Antique Ship Model "Flying Cloud"
Located in Norwell, MA
Antique early twentieth century model of the American clipper ship Flying Cloud by Thomas Rosenquist of Far Rockaway, New York. He has works in many museums. Famous builder from the ...
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Vintage 1920s North American Models and Miniatures

Materials

Wood

  • Antique Ship Model "Flying Cloud"
  • Antique Ship Model "Flying Cloud"
  • Antique Ship Model "Flying Cloud"
  • Antique Ship Model "Flying Cloud"
H 33 in. W 15 in. D 48 in.
Antique Open Hulled Planked Sloop
Located in Norwell, MA
Exceptional boat model of a Lapstrake sloop. The hull is fitted with ribs, dropped brass centerboard, floorboards, rudder with tiller. Expertly crafted. Set onto a quality cradle mou...
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Vintage 1930s North American Models and Miniatures

Materials

Wood

  • Antique Open Hulled Planked Sloop
  • Antique Open Hulled Planked Sloop
  • Antique Open Hulled Planked Sloop
  • Antique Open Hulled Planked Sloop
H 31 in. W 21.5 in. D 8 in.
Antique Sterling Silver Figurines
Located in Brea, CA
9 antique sterling silver figurines originating from Israel. See images for figurines in close detail and measurements of each.
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20th Century Israeli Models and Miniatures

Materials

Sterling Silver

  • Antique Sterling Silver Figurines
  • Antique Sterling Silver Figurines
  • Antique Sterling Silver Figurines
  • Antique Sterling Silver Figurines
H 1.6 in. W 4.5 in. D 4.25 in.
Antique Indo-Portuguese Table Cabinet
Located in Schellebelle, BE
Exceptional Indo-Portuguese table cabinet from the 17 th Century, the rare Cabinet is in a very good condition, has a hinged front and has 8 drawers, brass knobs and handles. The R...
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Antique 17th Century Indian Models and Miniatures

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Rosewood

  • Antique Indo-Portuguese Table Cabinet
  • Antique Indo-Portuguese Table Cabinet
  • Antique Indo-Portuguese Table Cabinet
  • Antique Indo-Portuguese Table Cabinet
H 9.85 in. W 15.36 in. D 11.03 in.
Antique Model of Clipper Ship Nightingale
Located in Norwell, MA
Early twentieth century clipper ship model of the "Nightingale", a sleek and beautiful vessel. Built in 1851 by Samuel Hanscomb Jr. of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This model shows gre...
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Vintage 1920s North American Models and Miniatures

Materials

Wood

Antique Model of the Brig Volante
Located in Norwell, MA
Rigged ship model of the merchant brig "Volante" of Boston. Solid hull with scribed basswood deck. Details include cabins, wheel, grating, skylight, water casks, lifeboats, etc. Moun...
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Vintage 1940s American Models and Miniatures

Materials

Wood

  • Antique Model of the Brig Volante
  • Antique Model of the Brig Volante
  • Antique Model of the Brig Volante
  • Antique Model of the Brig Volante
H 20 in. W 24 in. D 10 in.
Antique Model of Windjammer Louise
Located in Norwell, MA
Charming antique ship model of the Windjammer Louise sailing through clay waves under full sail. Great antique boat model.
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Vintage 1920s American Models and Miniatures

Materials

Wood

  • Antique Model of Windjammer Louise
  • Antique Model of Windjammer Louise
  • Antique Model of Windjammer Louise
  • Antique Model of Windjammer Louise
H 20 in. W 26 in. D 7 in.
Antique Victorian Carved Black Forest Bear
Located in Norwich, GB
Unusual well carved antique Victorian Black Forest bear sitting on top of two cut glass table salts. In lovely original condition. Measures: H 7 cm W 10 cm D 4cm Date 1880...
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Antique 19th Century English Models and Miniatures

Materials

Hardwood

  • Antique Victorian Carved Black Forest Bear
  • Antique Victorian Carved Black Forest Bear
  • Antique Victorian Carved Black Forest Bear
  • Antique Victorian Carved Black Forest Bear
H 2.76 in. W 3.94 in. D 1.58 in.
Pair of Antique Boots Lasts
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
Circa 1960, we offer this pair of antique boots lasts.
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Vintage 1960s Mexican Industrial Models and Miniatures

Materials

Wood

  • Pair of Antique Boots Lasts
  • Pair of Antique Boots Lasts
  • Pair of Antique Boots Lasts
  • Pair of Antique Boots Lasts
H 22.45 in. W 11.42 in. D 4.73 in.
Antique Model of a Two Masted Schooner
Located in Norwell, MA
Charming mid-twentieth century model of a two masted schooner. With a suit of fiber board type of sails. Deck details include life rings, pin rails, skylight, companionway, cleats, a...
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Vintage 1950s North American Models and Miniatures

Materials

Wood

Pair of Wooden Antique Hat Forms
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of vintage or antique hat forms, dress forms.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Models and Miniatures

  • Pair of Wooden Antique Hat Forms
  • Pair of Wooden Antique Hat Forms
  • Pair of Wooden Antique Hat Forms
  • Pair of Wooden Antique Hat Forms
H 6 in. W 13 in. D 15 in.
Antique Ships Model "Sovereign of the Seas"
Located in Norwell, MA
Antique ship model of the Donald Mc Kay Clipper Ship "Sovereign of the Seas". Awesome scale model by noted early twentieth century model maker Thomas Hornsby Cheltenham, Pennsylvania...
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Vintage 1930s American Models and Miniatures

Materials

Wood

Antique Folk Art Hand-Carved Ships
Located in Asbury Park, NJ
Two hand whittled ships with exceptional detail from the early 20th century, found in New Jersey.
Category

Vintage 1930s American American Craftsman Models and Miniatures

Materials

Wood

  • Antique Folk Art Hand-Carved Ships
  • Antique Folk Art Hand-Carved Ships
  • Antique Folk Art Hand-Carved Ships
  • Antique Folk Art Hand-Carved Ships
H 31 in. W 30.5 in. D 7.5 in.
Antique Model Of The Sailing Yacht "Laurie"
Located in Norwell, MA
Fine old boat model with a lot of character and great patina. Sunken cockpit with bench and tiller. A skylight is at the bow. Furled sail. Mounted into a display case. Circa 1940.
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Vintage 1940s North American Models and Miniatures

Materials

Wood

Antique Schooner Ship Model of Mayflower
Located in Norwell, MA
Model of the fishing schooner "Mayflower". Early twentieth century. Hull is painted black over deep red. Rigged with a full suit of sails. On deck details include bell, winch, compan...
Category

Vintage 1940s North American Models and Miniatures

Materials

Wood

Antique Boat Model of a Sloop
Located in Norwell, MA
Highest order antique model of the private sailing sloop "Mystic". This is a choice sailing model with a keel. Long trunk cabin with skylight and sunken cockpit with carved benches, ...
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Vintage 1910s North American Models and Miniatures

Materials

Wood

  • Antique Boat Model of a Sloop
  • Antique Boat Model of a Sloop
  • Antique Boat Model of a Sloop
  • Antique Boat Model of a Sloop
H 40 in. W 40 in. D 10 in.
Antique Mahogany Childs Wellington Chest
Located in Bedfordshire, GB
A delightful mid-19th century mahogany childs size Wellington chest of five long drawers with locking pilaster raised on original plinth base.
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Antique 19th Century English Victorian Models and Miniatures

Materials

Mahogany

  • Antique Mahogany Childs Wellington Chest
  • Antique Mahogany Childs Wellington Chest
  • Antique Mahogany Childs Wellington Chest
  • Antique Mahogany Childs Wellington Chest
H 20 in. W 15.5 in. D 9.5 in.
Antique English Wooden Skiff Model
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Lofty antique English Edwardian Thames river rowing skiff model with sale, hand crafted in mahogany with ambitious accuracy. Presented on a hand crafted wood base.
Category

Early 20th Century English Edwardian Models and Miniatures

Materials

Wood, Mahogany

  • Antique English Wooden Skiff Model
  • Antique English Wooden Skiff Model
  • Antique English Wooden Skiff Model
  • Antique English Wooden Skiff Model
H 20 in. W 35 in. D 8 in.
Antique American Pond Model
Located in Nantucket, MA
Antique American Marconi-rigged sloop Pond model with planked deck, double spreaders and full running rigging.
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Early 20th Century American Models and Miniatures

Materials

Brass

  • Antique American Pond Model
  • Antique American Pond Model
  • Antique American Pond Model
  • Antique American Pond Model
H 75 in. W 51 in. D 11.5 in.
10 Foot Antique Pocket Knife Trade Sign
Located in Peekskill, NY
This beautiful Folk Art sign dates to the 1800s and reads... Obrien Fine Cutlery. This is a amazing figural two sided sign with a beautiful original aged patina. Its an impressive 10...
Category

Antique Late 19th Century American Industrial Models and Miniatures

Materials

Wood

Antique Dress Form by "Superior Model Form"
By Superior Model Forms Co.inc.
Located in New York, NY
Antique dress makers form, canvass body with cast iron base stand. Small tear on the leg of the figure. Marked "Superior Model Forms Co. Inc 12 Model 1961".
Category

Early 20th Century American Industrial Models and Miniatures

Materials

Steel, Iron

Antique Model of a Two Masted Schooner
Located in Norwell, MA
Early twentieth century model of a two masted ketch with crème painted trunk cabin and deckhouse. Well rigged. Green and black painted hull. Circa 1950.
Category

Vintage 1950s North American Models and Miniatures

Materials

Wood

Two Similar Antique Motor Boat Models, Priced Individually
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Pair of similar flat hull motor boat models hand crafted with mahogany, retaining their original paint and presented on custom wood stands. Priced individually. Measures: Front M...
Category

Early 20th Century American Edwardian Models and Miniatures

Materials

Mahogany

Antique Folk Art Carved And Painted Articulated Horse Puppet
Located in Bristol, GB
NAIVE CARVING HORSE MARIONETTE An extremely charming and charismatic depiction of a horse with an attractive paint job and real horse hair mane. This style of carving originated...
Category

Antique Late 18th Century Models and Miniatures

Materials

Wood

Pair of Antique Friezes in Gilded Wood with Fruit
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
Pair of antique friezes in gilded wood with fruit (pears). They are all hand sculpted by an Italian artist 200 years ago ! It's very difficult to find perfect after so many years: I...
Category

Antique Early 19th Century Italian Beaux Arts Models and Miniatures

Materials

Fruitwood

Antique Staffordshire Cottage Money Box
Located in Norwich, GB
This is an unusual antique Staffordshire cottage money box in the form of the old curiosity shop. In perfect condition.
Category

Antique Early 1900s English Other Models and Miniatures

Materials

Ceramic

  • Antique Staffordshire Cottage Money Box
  • Antique Staffordshire Cottage Money Box
  • Antique Staffordshire Cottage Money Box
  • Antique Staffordshire Cottage Money Box
H 3.94 in. W 4.73 in. D 2.76 in.
Antique Italian Micromosaic Plaque Depicting the Capitoline Doves
Located in London, GB
This Fine, circular micromosaic plaque shows four doves drinking water from a golden bowl, upon which they perch. The Classical design for the mosaic is taken from one found in the R...
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Classical Roman Models and Miniatures

Materials

Glass

Antique Austrian Silver Fish Shaped Pepper Pot
Located in London, GB
Large silver pepperette in the form of a carp fish. The model features finely detailed and lifelike scales and sits on its four fins. The head is removable to show the pierced shaker...
Category

Antique Late 19th Century Austrian Models and Miniatures

Materials

Sterling Silver

Collection of 17 Antique Wooden Shoe Forms, c.1920
Located in San Francisco, CA
About Decorative only. A collection of 17 original cobbler's wooden shoe forms. All singles. One is topped with leather. Finished in and oil and paste wax. Shellaced. They have ret...
Category

Early 20th Century Industrial Models and Miniatures

Materials

Leather, Beech, Maple

Large Mahogany Antique Boat Model
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Inspired model of a boat or skiff expertly crafted in mahogany, probably by a boat builder, having a graceful form and has acquired a well earned patina only time can give.
Category

Antique 19th Century English Folk Art Models and Miniatures

  • Large Mahogany Antique Boat Model
  • Large Mahogany Antique Boat Model
  • Large Mahogany Antique Boat Model
  • Large Mahogany Antique Boat Model
H 19 in. W 38 in. D 15 in.
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Miniature Antique Furniture For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal piece of miniature antique furniture for your home. Frequently made of wood, metal and ceramic, every item from our selection of miniature antique furniture was constructed with great care. Whether you’re looking for newer or older items, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. A choice in our collection of miniature antique furniture, designed in the Victorian, Georgian or Folk Art style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. A well-made object in our assortment of miniature antique furniture has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Berthold Muller, Bliss and David Clayton are consistently popular.

How Much is a Miniature Antique Furniture?

A piece of miniature antique furniture can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $1,273, while the lowest priced sells for $29 and the highest can go for as much as $68,845.
Questions About Miniature Antique Furniture
  • 1stDibs ExpertAugust 15, 2019

    A piece of furniture is considered an antique if it is at least 100 years old.

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    PAGODA REDOctober 7, 2020

    To determine the age of a Chinese furniture piece, look carefully at the joinery and finish. Natural expansion and contraction of the wood over time will cause a joint to protrude or retract, distorting a once-seamless fit. Antique lacquer finishes become crackled and worn over time. Areas of exposed wood, such as the underside of a table, the footrest of a chair, or the back of a cabinet should appear raw and dry compared to the finished surface. With use, the legs of tables and chairs become weathered near the bottom from precipitation and use.

  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 5, 2021
    The best finish for antique furniture is a matter of liking. But film finish is recommended by experts as it leaves a thick coat of film on the wood surface which protects wood from water and scratches. Shellac or varnish and water base are commonly used film finishes. Find an exquisite collection of antique, new and vintage furniture on 1stDibs
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Antique furniture can be worth quite a lot, particularly if it is in good quality. The rarer the piece, the higher the value.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    There are a number of factors that can indicate if your antique furniture is valuable. When determining the value of antique furniture, consider its rarity. Additionally, it is important to determine the quality and condition of vintage furniture. If unsure of the value of your vintage furniture, have it appraised.
  • 1stDibs ExpertJanuary 25, 2019

    The difference between vintage and antique furniture is that vintage furniture is at least 20 years old, while antiques must be at least 100 years old to be considered antique.