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Early 17th-century Swedish Joiner’s Bench

Alert reader Bengt Nilsson of Stockholm, Sweden, sent in this great photo of a joiner’s bench that was recovered from the Vasa , a Swedish battleship that sank on its maiden voyage in 1628. Nilsson took the photo while touring the Vasa Museum with an American exchange student. He estimates that the bench is...


Arts & Crafts Magazine Stand

At the turn of the 20th century there were an extraordinary number of designs for bookcase and magazine stands offered to the public as completed pieces and construction plans. This version is a variation on a style made popular by Roycroft.