Finer American, English, and Continental Antiques and Decorative Arts of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

Chicora Antiques, Inc. News January 2018

As of January 2018, we are currently in the process of completely updating our entire business website with a new look and new estate-found offerings. During this process, should you have an interest in any item appearing on the site that is lacking a full description, text, price, or references, we encourage you to call or email us. In the meantime, we do politely ask for your patience and forbearance in this matter.
Wishing all our friends and clients, both old and new, a very Happy New Year~2018!
C. Lyman McCallum, Jr., C.E.O., Chicora Antiques, Inc.

PHONE 1~803~834~3787 MOBILE 1~803~834~9198

MeC. Lyman McCallum, Jr., CEO of Chicora Antiques, Inc., has been proudly serving the needs of connoisseurs of finer 18th and 19th century American, English, and French antiques and decorative arts since 1990. After twenty-years, we have relocated from Charleston to Columbia, South Carolina, and are only open by appointment or show exhibition. By choice, we do not have a retail store, but remain vigorously active in serving our existing clientele as advisers and welcome new clients from our show exhibitions and website offerings. Our emphasis has always been on objects of true rarity, superior quality, originality, form, and condition. All of our merchandise is accompanied with a comprehensive written guarantee of authenticity, condition, and authorship, attribution, and provenance when available. It has been a pleasure establishing long and lasting relationships with our clients and hope you will become acquainted with our merchandise, expertise, scholarship, resources and services of acquiring and the study of material culture.

Appraisal services are available as well

“Verbal” antique appraisals are completely free of charge, however, formal written appraisals, which adhere to the standards set forth by the “Uniformed Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices” and “The American Society of Appraisers” are a minimum of $150.00. per hour, excluding any associated expenses, such as travel time, photography, colleague consultations (when necessary), and scientific reports, etc.

Let Us Get to Know You

Our web page enables collectors to conveniently profile a sample of our offerings, but it by no means encompasses our entire stock. Many of the pieces we handle are placed in private and public collections before they reach our website. Therefore, we strongly advise interested parties and collectors to make their needs and wishes known to us. Simply email them to us at

We keep extensive and confidential files of our clients. When an object that may interest them comes to our attention, we will then immediately notify you by email.

If you do have a particular item for which you are searching or a specific area of collecting interest, we would like to hear from you! Simply fill out the form below or send us an email at 

This is the fastest way for us to stay in touch with our clientele!

We do strive to serve our old and new clientele to the best of our ability, but we need YOUR help. It is of the utmost importance that you be very specific about your collecting interests in acquiring objects when filling out our form. Emailed requests that are distinct and well-defined will be answered politely and promptly, usually within 24 hours of receipt.

 Simply e-mail us at  by filling out the form which appears below, or  call us at 1-803-834-3787.

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                Auction and Estate Services

Our twenty plus years experience allows us liberal access to items that appear at auction, estate sales, and privately throughout the country and abroad that might otherwise not be available to the inexperienced collector or the unseasoned novice. Likewise, we strongly advise against the beginner to contemplate these sources without first asking for the assistance and guarantee of a professional. Therefore, we are pleased to offer an inspection and authentication service for any piece that presents itself at any of these settings. At your request, we will personally examine, authenticate in writing, negotiate, and attempt to purchase on your behalf any object that presents itself at public or private sale. This service comes with the same absolute guarantee of condition and authenticity that accompanies our stock. The commission rate for such services varies, but generally averages around 20% of the purchase price. Please contact us for further information.


A fine and rare pair of Baltimore Federal mahogany games table, circa 1805-1815

(For a larger image, simply click on any photograph)

DIMENSIONS: Height: 29″, Width: 37″, Depth: 18″.

CONDITION: Exceptional. Both tables have rich and lustrous surfaces that have been recently and professionally conserved and “French” polished.

NOTES: True pairs of American card tables are exceptionally scarce, in any condition.

 For additional information, a full condition report, and price, simply call us C. Lyman McCallum, Jr. at 1~803~834~3787, or email us at

As always, your inquiries are welcomed!

Our clients’ utmost satisfaction is our number one goal. We endeavor to provide them with a great selection of antiques of superior form and condition. To that same end, we proudly warrant the authenticity and condition of everything that is owned and placed in stock by Chicora Antiques, Inc. and provide this guarantee of authenticity in writing, as described in our descriptions and comprehensive invoices. We take great pride in offering this assurance of guarantee to collectors of fine antiques and decorative arts, however, we do not issue cash refunds under any circumstances, except those pertaining to misrepresentation, in which case, a resolution equivalent to the purchase price is conditionally issued for objects that Chicora Antiques, Inc. has owned and sold. Resolutions are not subject to negotiation, and is issued only as shop credit for future purchases for items owned by Chicora Antiques, Inc., less the cost of shipping and insurance, provided it is returned to us in the same condition. Our stock is carefully reviewed for quality and condition, conserved as needed by qualified artisans, then fully documented and described in our shop texts.


We are delighted to allow any item in our inventory to be shipped, or taken, on approval, for parties who are seriously interested. We do require that any object taken, or shipped on approval be paid for in full, including shipping charges, and tax of the sale, when applicable, before it is removed from our stock. Sales made out of state are tax-exempt. This generous approval option is subject to the same terms, guarantee, and condition of the sale, as is composed in our detailed invoices, which clearly states that we do not issue cash refunds, under any circumstances, other than those pertaining to misrepresentation of age, origin, provenance, or condition. If that remote event were to occur, an immediate reimbursement will be presented to the buyer as a credit towards future purchases, or exchanges, from our stock, less the cost of shipping and insurance, provided it is returned to us in the same condition.

Please contact us for further information.

Deferred Payments

Assembling a fine collection takes time. Therefore, we do offer extended payments at no extra charge for certain items. The only provision we require is that the piece remain on our possession until payment in full has been made.

Upgrading Your Collection

Time for a re-evaluation of your fine arts collection? We can help! Our confidence in our stock is so sound, we are happy to issue 100% shop credit for any item that was previously owned and sold at retail price by Chicora Antiques, Inc. This generous policy allows our clients to upgrade, exchange, or even reduce their collection, as they wish. No explanation required! It is truly a pleasure to re-handle our own merchandise. Exchanges are not subject to negotiation, but unlike stock or bonds, there is no broker trading fee!

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