Take-A-Boo Emporium is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Martin and Andrea Swinton. Located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, it is a distinctive shop offering vintage collectibles and fine antiques.
There is always a treasure to be found at reasonable prices for the incurable treasure hunter including:
Bring us your tired, broken, damaged furniture and we'll give it a new life because we do:Caning (hand and inset) Rushing Furniture restoration and repairs Appraisals Custom upholstery Consignment Silverplating
We'll Come to Your Next EventMartin's Antique Road Show style appearances are popular with Mom & Tots groups, church groups, community groups who are looking for an unique addition to their event. Contact us if you'd like Martin to appear at your community event.We'll Help You Get into the Antique BusinessWe provide consulting services to those interested in exploring the world of antiques as a dealer.
Here's a part two of last month's quick reference guide of some popular items you might have come across but were unsure of what they actually were.
Drop leaf table
It is a two-flap table with sides that can be extended with under-stretchers.
Designed to hold plates, desserts and/or cutlery, this type of furniture has a central shaft and circular trays. Older versions featured detachable circular trays. Dumb waiters were used in the salon or dining room for serving guests.
A two-flap table with a two hinged legs that when extended raise the sides.
Often called a chest-on-stand, a high boy is a chest-of-drawers on a stand. They were found in the bedroom and designed for disassembly.
It is a chair with a series of horizontal back-rails.
It is a small dressing table.
It is a series of three or four tables that fit one beneath the other.
It is a flat desk often with a leather top that stands on two banks of drawers. It is finished on the front so that it can be displayed in an office or library.
It is a small two-flap table that can be used as a side table. The centre section is wider than the two fold down sides.
It is a writing table with a bookcase on top and has a fall front that lets down to provide a writing surface. The interior has slots and small drawers for organization. It often has drawers below.
Slat back chair
It is a type of chair with vertical slats across the back.
Often called a chest-on-chest, a tall boy is simply two tall chests-of-drawers, one smaller chest on top of the other slightly larger chest.
It is a small piece of furniture designed to hold tea. It was used to serve in the salon or dining room. Tea was a valuable commodity so it warranted special presentation.
It is a small mobile piece of furniture with open shelves, often made of mahogany. It could be moved around easily for multiple purposes to hold bric-a-brac.