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News 2005-2009: (US) Observations on the Development of Wood Screws in North America

Contributed by Admin on Nov 23, 2009

Observations on the Development of Wood Screws in North America by Christopher White, Mellon Fellow, Furniture and Frame Conservation Lab, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Currently: Project Conservator Arizona State Museum

“The following is the result of research conducted between September 2004 and August 2005 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Physical characteristics of a series of wood screws from the museum’s collection of 18th and 19th-century American furniture are summarized and their characteristics related to curatorial-assigned dates of fabrication and to a chronology of screw manufacturing techniques.

The documentation forms a survey of the development of the wood screw in 18th and 19th century American furniture. While there are surely exceptions to this outline, it may serve as a starting point for a more comprehensive study of development of the wood screw in America. ..“

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