A knowledge of period styles in furn'ture is as necessary to those who would properly furnish a home as a knowledge of grammar is to those who would speak correctly. All penod styles have a history and an exceedingly interesting one. The historical styles in furniture are those that have stood the test of time; they were not created in a day, but were gradually developed to fit the needs of civ;iization and society; a change iri government or religion has always been reflected in the character of the furniture. No new style has ever been created without a knowledge of some older one and prol>ably never will be. The student of furniture may delve into the mysteries of design as deeply as he may desire and always fnd something interesting and instructive, but the busy man or woman, the clerk in the fumit'tre store or the salesman on the road must have the information necessary for them to understand the general arrangement and characteristics of period styles placed before them in as brief and compact a manner as possible. It is believed that the follow-■'ng pages will accomplish this purpose in a 1 tetter manner than any other book now published.
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