Antique Barley Twist Furniture
Antique Barley Twist Furniture is original wooden furniture featuring a twisted spiral design.
Brief history and description
Barley twist is essentially a style of woodworking that is still practised today, and is used on a furniture item that has long columns which are then twisted to form a sort of spiral design.
The Stickley brothers (Gustav, Leopold, Charles, Albert and John George) as well as Charles Limbert were some of the most popular manufacturers of barley twist furniture, and helped transform the design of mission-style furniture to feature barley twist legs during the early 1900s.
Barley twist décor was used for a variety of different furniture items ranging from dressers, tables, and chairs, to floor lamps, mirrors, sideboards and beds.
Guide for collectors
Barley twist Grandfather clocks, drop-leaf tables, bookcases and cupboards are considered to be the most rare, but not necessarily the most valuable. A complete set of barley twist chairs are considered to be the most valuable.
Restoration of a barley twist furniture item is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring an antique Barley Twist furniture item may decrease its value.
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Kamelot Auctions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania sold a continental dining table featuring barley twist legs for $850 in November of 2009, and a carved mahogany library table featuring barley twist legs for $225 in November of 2009.
Central Street Antiques and Auction in Windsor, Connecticut sold a Baker Furniture canopy bed featuring barley twist posts for $50 in May of 2011.
Kamelot Auctions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania sold a Merklen Brothers Victorian arm chair featuring barley twist spindles for $1,100 in November of 2008.
Kamelot Auctions sold an oak Black Forest grandfather's clock featuring barley twist columns for $1,300 in November of 2009.
Dallas Auction Gallery in Dallas, Texas sold a mahogany Victorian double barley twist stand for $2,200 in October of 2006.
Kamelot Auctions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania sold a Victorian carved walnut bookcase featuring barley twist columns for $1,500 in November of 2008, and a large antique bookcase featuring barley twist columns for $3,200 in November of 2009.
Kamelot Auctions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania sold a carved barley twist and leather stool for $375 in September of 2007.