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

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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.

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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.


An exceptionally fine and very rare American Federal or Neoclassical mahogany and inlaid games table, Charleston, South Carolina, circa 1815-1825, made in the New York Federal taste, and attributed to the workshop of Jacob Henry, active and listed as being a cabinetmaker at 130 Meeting Street, Charleston, South Carolina, between the years 1813-1824.


 The present games table is one of only three known games tables that are believed to be the work of Jacob Henry, all three of which have been documented by “The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts”, along with one Federal mahogany sideboard that was discovered at auction in Georgia in 1992 that is obscurely signed and dated by the maker, “Jacob Henry May 1827”, which has also been catalogued and photographed by “M.E.S.D.A.”.Jacob Henry (b. 1794-d.1838) was a German immigrant who came to the The United States of America in 1803, first taking up residence in Beaufort, North Carolina, before moving south to Charleston. Henry was first mentioned as having been located in Charleston, South Carolina when a letter arrived to “To the Commissioners of the Orphan House”, in Charleston, South Carolina, pleading that “a Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Veronee, who is now under your Charge…. [I] desire to have him as an apprentice in the Cabinet makers business”. This apprenticeship was a limited success and was recorded in the “Indenture Books for Boys and Girls, 1791-1820”. On the 9th of December 1813, “William John Veronee” was formally indentured to Jacob Henry in a written document that was signed by both Henry and Veronee. Jacob Henry’s signature on this indenture is identical to the signature that appears on aforementioned signed Charleston, South Carolina mahogany sideboard that was discovered in Georgia in 1992, which appears as Figure NT-33, page 659, in the book by John Bivins, Jr. and Bradford L. Rauschenberg entitled “The Furniture of Charleston, 1680-1820”, Volume II, Neoclassical Furniture.Three other Federal or Neoclassical games tables associated with the workshop of Jacob Henry appear in the same landmark research book as Figures NT-73 (which descended in the Kaminski family of Georgetown,, South Carolina), NT-74 (which descended in the William Algernon family of Rose Hill Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina), and NT-75, (which descended in Langdon Cheves family {1776-1857} and Lang Syne Planation near Columbia, South Carolina) pages 714-716.      

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CONDITION: Excellent, near pristine. No known or found repairs or restorations. The existing “French” shellac polish finish is consistent with cabinetmaking practices of the American Federal era.


  MATERIALS: Mahogany, mahogany veneers, rosewood, unidentified lightwood inlays, ash, brass, steel, and white pine.


DIMENSIONS: Height: 31 ½”, Width: 36”, Depth 17 ¼” . Structurally, exceptionally stable.

For related and comparable documented examples, see, “The Furniture of Charleston 1680-1820, Volume II, Neoclassical Furniture“, by Bradford L. Rauschenberg and John Bivins, Jr., page 715, (Card Table) figure NT-75, page 659 (Sideboard), Figure-33, page (Card Table), Figure NT-33, page 659 (Sideboard), and Figures NT-32a and Figure NB-32b.


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 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.

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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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