True Empire American can sometimes be mistaken with a latter stlye, known as Empire Revival. This movement took place in the latter part of the 19th century. It was most often, made of Oak and was far heavier in form than the real American Empire Period. These pieces were usually dining room buffets and bed room chest and dressers. Once you see the difference in the two styles there is no comparison.But, both had there place in history.
The American Empire period, lasted from 1820-1840. Some pieces were made after that, but the greatest amount were produced in those earlier years. Most pieces were made in American and the best factories were found in New York and Philladelphia.
|American Empire Plate Stand.|
|If you look close you can see the brass rollers.|
|See the Curved Door.|
|Glass Dome with Wax Flowers on Top.|
I am sure in it's day, the top would have been left empty, so plates could be placed there, as they were being moved about. I chose to use it as a pedestal, as true to most Victorian Home people, I have more stuff than places to put it. I keep one of my glass parlor domes on mine. The dome is full of wax flowers and they are held in place, with a French wire basket, that has been dipped in wax.
I sometimes rent, My Old Historic House, for parties, and I need lots of plates. They are not always easy to store in between uses, so this little gem, sure comes in handy.