The History of the Chipstone Collection

Stanley and Polly Stone of Fox Point, Wisconsin, began collecting American furniture in 1946 when they purchased an early nineteenth-century secretary-and-bookcase made in Salem, Massachusetts. The couple did not set out to become major collectors, but within four years, they had acquired twenty-eight additional antique furniture forms.

In a newspaper article in 1959 the Stones openly acknowledged their increasingly obsessive collecting habit, jokingly describing themselves as stricken with "virus antiquarium."