You already love the world of history and design, and we want antiques to be just as approachable for you. Antiques are meant to be everyday items in your home that are usable, approachable and comfortable. Knowing a few basic terms can help you identify what you love and communicate that in your own shopping or designing process.
At Fireside Antiques, we exclusively sell European Antiques. Our French, English, Italian and Dutch antiques span the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, which means you will find terminology from many periods, styles and languages. We will cover these antique terms for you here today so you can shop with confidence. Our Antique Terminology Glossary is a list of terms commonly used in our shop but is just a starting place in a vast world of antiques.
Draper’s table: also called an antique “drapery table,” a very long, tall table with a stretcher shelf below. This type of antique table was used by a retail merchant or a dealer in cloth or drapery. The lower shelf was used for extra long lengths of fabric so as to keep it off of the floor and remaining clean.