18th century

Old-house Dictionary: An Illustrated Guide to American Domestic Architecture (1600-1940)

By Steven J. Phillips

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"From a one-room cabin to a beaux-arts mansion, here is a concise and easily understandable architectural dictionary. Contains more than 450 illustrations, 1,500 terms, 750 definitions and 17 useful cross-references for anyone interested in American domestic architecture."

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Americans at Home: Four Hundred Years of American Houses

By Lee Pennock Huntington

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This children's selection tells how architectural styles have changed in America.

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Williamsburg Christmas: The Story of Christmas Decoration in the Colonial Capital

By Libbey Hodges Oliver and Mary Miley Theobald

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Illustrates the beautiful Christmas displays crafted from natural materials that are so popular in colonial Williamsburg's Christmas celebrations.

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Williamsburg: Decorating with Style

By Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

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"In the first decorating book from America's favorite colonial restoration, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and bestselling author Tricia Foley give hundreds of ideas for bringing the glories of 18th-century design into today's homes. 200 color photos." (Catalog summary)

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Southern Furniture, 1680-1830: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection

By Ronald L. Hurst and Jonathan Prown

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"...examines objects that were once found in homes from Maryland to the Carolina Low Country. No other book contains so much fine and diverse furniture, such rich documentation, and such a coherent overview of the regional styles of the Old South.Incorporating both urban and rural, high-style and plain pieces, Southern Furniture 1680-1830 explores the economic and cultural diversity of the region, and provides the most recent information about the South's little-known but extensive furniture-making traditions." (Catalog summary)

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Furniture of Williamsburg and Eastern Virginia, 1710-1790

By Wallace B. Gusler

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"Furniture of Williamsburg and Eastern Virginia, 1710–1790, originally published in 1979 by the Virginia Museum, has been considered a milestone in southern furniture research." (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)

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Field Guide to American Antique Furniture

By Joseph T. Butler

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"With more than seventeen hundred superb drawings, this authoritative book offers a unique visual system for identifying the style of virtually any piece of American antique furniture." (Catalog summary)

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The Bulfinch Anatomy of Antique China & Silver: An Illustrated Guide to Tableware, Identifying Period, Detail, and Design

By Tim Forrest

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Includes a picture timeline of the evolution of tableware and eating customs from the 16th century to the Retro period. Articles focus on the changes in customs over time.

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