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Francis J. Purcell, Inc., Philadelphia

251 N. 3rd Street
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
Tel: 215 574 0700's insider take:

Working from the largest collection of fireplace paraphernalia in the country, Francis J. Purcell and his son have done installations in both Mount Vernon and the White House. One floor of their four-story Old City shop is devoted to antique fireplace mantels (mostly wooden American 18th- and early 19th-century examples), while the other half of the building is filled with authenticated 18th- and 19th-century English, American, Russian, and French furniture.

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