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Antiques 101 Tour at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum
September 16 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm$20
Wondering whether the dining set you inherited is really an antique, or hoping to hit it big on “Antiques Roadshow?” Take the new “Antiques 101” Digging Deeper Tour at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum on September 16, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. During this workshop-style tour you can learn the basics of how to distinguish authentic colonial furniture from reproductions. Tickets are $20 and available at http://webb-deane-stevens.org/furniture-digging-deeper-tour/
The “Antiques 101” Digging Deeper Tour includes a short period of classroom instruction with thoughtful details designed for the antiques novice, such as small, handcrafted examples of joints and dovetailing created by the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking for handling and close examination. Participants will receive pointers on comparing colonial furniture styles, features and construction—using pieces from the museum’s prized collection—and will have the chance to apply what they’ve learned by diagnosing the authenticity of furniture at the museum. Other extras include helpful, take-home handouts with titles such as “Know Thy Drawers.”
Digging Deeper Tours are professionally curated, interactive, behind-the-scenes examinations of specific aspects of the lives of the former residents of the three homes that comprise the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum. During development of the tour, Reilly and Henley enlisted the aid of seasoned curator Richard Malley, whose 40-plus years of history-museum experience helps create intriguing new tours at WDS. Malley notes the museum’s period-furniture collection includes splendid examples of local and regional styles and forms, and provides the perfect laboratory for learning more about antiques.
“Antiques 101” Digging Deeper Tours will be offered again on November 11, 2017. Advance tickets are available at http://webb-deane-stevens.org/furniture-digging-deeper-tour/.
About the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum
Located in the heart of Connecticut’s largest historic district, the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum provides the quintessential New England experience – from the American Revolution to the early 20th century. Tours include the 1752 Joseph Webb House, where General George Washington met with French General Rochambeau and planned the military campaign leading to the end of the Revolutionary War, the 1770 Silas Deane House, built for America’s first diplomat to France, and the 1788 Isaac Stevens House, which depicts Connecticut life in the 18th and 19th centuries. For more information visit: http://webb-deane-stevens.org or call (860) 529-0612. Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WDSMUSEUM