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

We are open by appointment, shows, or chance, so please us call in advance. We welcome your visit!

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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.

Chicora Antiques, Inc. has recently updated our website with new additions to our inventory. We hope you will enjoy perusing our new offerings. The current economic climate provides collectors of fine art with tremendous opportunities in obtaining objects of great intrinsic value and artistic merit at exceptional value. This fact, in addition to our choice in eliminating our retail operation overheads, has prompted a re-evaluation of our inventory pricing. All items shown on our website now reflect these factors. We endeavor to persuade all who are able to do so, to take advantage of what is currently a true investment opportunity.

  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 to make their needs and wishes known to us. Simply email us at

          We keep extensive confidential client files of collectors. When an object that may interest them comes to our attention, the best way to help us in assisting you is simple: contact us with your collecting interests. We will then immediately notify you by email should something pertinent to your collecting pursuits is brought to our attention.

   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.

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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.


AventAn extraordinarily fine and choice diminutive Portsmouth, New Hampshire, or Boston, Massachusetts Federal period Neo-classical “swell-front” or bow-front bureau featuring a dazzling display of frontal veneers, which are further enhanced with meticulous inlays with precise geometric patterns and ivory, or whale bone key holes, circa 1795-1810.

This present chest represents the choicest of finery in home furnishing during America’s Federal era, strictly defined as 1785-1815, and was made at the pinnacle of the Neoclassicism in both America and England. While no firm ascription should be made linking this exemplary chest of drawers to any specific group of cabinetshops, or a specific cabinetmaker, the construction details, specifically in the drawers blades and high French feet, and their blocking arrangement, would emphatically suggest that the bureau was made in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, which was strewn with very elevated and superior cabinetshops capable of executing such a masterful achievement at the time of this bureau production. The condition of the chest, which is outstanding, would advocate a limited line of descent, or single family history of ownership of note. A number of the best cabinetmakers in and around the Portsmouth and Boston areas could be potential authors of this bureau.

Chest ZShown above; a similar less refined, but nevertheless remarkable bureau from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, circa 1800-1810, sold by Sumper Priddy, Inc., Alexandria, Virginia, 2000, with a probable attribution to John and Thomas Seymour of Boston. This chest of drawers has a history of ownership in the Abbot Family of Boston and was made along with a worktable, circa 1815, by Thomas Seymour. Photograph courtesy of the book, “The Masterworks of John and Thomas Seymour”, by Broke Jobe, pages 238-239.

ShopShown above is a portrait, circa 1800, of the English cabinetmaker, Thomas Mitchell, of Erdigg, Wales, Courtesy of “The English National Trust”. This is one of the very few paintings of any cabinetmaker, either in Great Britain, or America, that depict the artist hard at work, at his trade, standing at his work-bench, accompanied by a faithful dog at his side. Note the hand-work tools that surround him on the wall, bench and floor, presumably illuminated only by candle-light. The green bottle on his work space is quite likely a container for varnish or stain of some sort.

Although there is no compelling physical evidence in this bureau’s construction to support any firm attribution, the master cabinetmakers of Boston, John and Thomas Seymour (w. 1794-circa 1820) cannot be ruled out. Several supreme cabinet-shops in Portsmouth, New Hampshire which were active and operated in parallel with the period of this chests’ production include the partnership of Judkins and Senter (w. 1808-1826) or Langley Boardman (1774-1833). American Federal chest’s of this quality and smaller size are excessively scant and considered scarce, therefore, highly sought after by advanced collectors of fine Americana. Boston, Massachusetts area, or Portsmouth, New Hampshire vicinity, circa 1795-1805.

MATERIALS: Mahogany, birch, flame birch or poplar veneers, eastern white pine, various light-colored inlays, ivory. or whale bone and brass.

REFERENCES: “Portsmouth Furniture~Masterworks from the New Hampshire Seacoast“, by Broke Jobe, and published by the “Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities”, 1993. “The Furniture Masterworks of John and Thomas Seymour“, by Robert D. Mussey, Jr., and published by the “Peabody Essex Museum”, Salem, Massachusetts, 2003.

Our Guarantee to You

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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Finer American, English, and Continental Antiques and Decorative Arts of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries We are open by appointment, shows, or chance, so please us call in advance. We welcome your visit! PHONE 1~803~834~3787 MOBILE 1~803~603~3690 WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK “COLUMBIA METROPOLITAN … Continue reading