The New York media is transfixed by the fifth anniversary of 9/11. The reasons for this could be many, from demonstrating to Washington why more funds are needed to secure New York City, to an attempt at some form of catharsis. Whatever the reason, I would say that anniversaries, particularly of this nature, are private affairs for people to experience in their own ways.

Whatever the mood, New York has to get on with business. I have noticed that the streets are more crowded and that traffic, which was benign last week, has resumed its more frenzied proportions. However, my shop sits a little lonely at the moment. I await my re-fenestration which should have been completed weeks ago and I sit with tools and equipment jockeying for space amid the walnut, mahogany and satinwood.

This product that I tout, 18th century English antique furniture, is in my opinion, some of the most aesthetically pleasing and intriguing furniture ever made. English furniture of this era has something that few other pieces of great furniture from any country has, which is the sense of having lived and having gotten better and more beautiful as it did. It is a great pleasure to be surrounded by these objects.

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