Age and Value of a Mersman Library Table?

I have a Mersman library table with 6 spiral legs. It has one drawer. I found it in a catalog from 1920-1942 or 43, but can't see the item number or information to see when it's from. I'm 51 and it's been in my family since before then. I would love to know more.


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November 9, 20200 found this helpful

Can you share the link to the catalogue where you saw this?

This is very cool. Barley twist table legs can be quite collectible, even Mersman which is often described as "mass produced" furniture.

The pictures show some irregularities in wood tones and the screws look newer. The wood tone is probably just a function of bad lighting but is why is why I would love to see it in the original form so maybe I can offer you more guidance.

Will look for more info and then I can see what I can do to help!


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November 10, 20200 found this helpful

Yes but it's very blurry. I just want more info for my mom and sisters. The top
is faded and one of my sisters husband's may have put different screws in it not knowing what they had. I don't know anyone who restores them.

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November 11, 20200 found this helpful

Nothing has been changed since we had it in our family around 1967-1968. My mom moved into an apartment and it was left there by a previous tenant. I don't see any screws showing that you may have stated screws aren't the same. The Table top is faded but all the wood is the same since my mom found it Just wanted to add that after speaking to her.

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November 11, 20200 found this helpful

I thought I saw a photo of the underside that showed screws, but when i went back I didn't see it. I could have been looking at a different post, in which case I apologize.

Are you planning to keep the table? Refinish?

I would have a local dealer look at it either way. This style leg is very popular and a refinishing may devalue it.

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November 10, 20200 found this helpful

This is such a cool catalog!! I love it and I love learning that Mersman made more Hollywood regency style furniture than I knew!

It is so interesting that this catalog calls it a library table.

I have a paid subscription to old newspaper clippings and I found 3 similar tables from 1929, 1931 and 1932 where they call the table occasional tables and console tables.

The reason I can't post them here is they are very dark--so while I can see they have the same legs, I can't get a good look to see if they have the same decorations and the same gate bar--old black and white newspapers are sadly like that in some cases.

This age range dovetails with what the catalog you shared says.

If you are looking about history, there is a lot of info on the company online and even the Smithsonian has info:

For value--since I am not able to find an exact match, I can share with you what I know about the barley twist table legs which is most of them are moderately to highly collectible--pre-COVID. I am still trying to get a handle on what is what in this new world.

If you want to get a value on it, I suggest asking an antique dealer in your town to help you value it for your market or what it would fetch in a real (not eBay) auction.

Furniture sales are highly regional and that will tell you what you could fetch for it where you are. My global guess would be in the $200 to $900 range--with supply and demand and condition dictating where it falls in that span.

Post back what you learn!! Thanks so much for sharing!

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November 12, 20200 found this helpful

My first thought when seeing this desk was: Mersman? No way!
To my recollection in all the years I have been reading and searching for information on Mersman company/furniture this is the first piece that I can remember seeing in this style.
Beautiful desk and I hope you just clean it up and put it in a prominent spot for everyone to admire.
Pghgirl has provided so much information it would be difficult to add more so I will only suggest that you take several good pictures (mainly showing front of full desk with drawer (maybe some clear area around the desk) as well as the top and underneath.
You can post your question and pictures on several sites and sometimes you will be amazed at the informative answers you may/will receive.
I will provide some links but there are more forums if you do some searching: Remember; the more sites you place pictures the more information you could receive. You will have to join each group but once you start getting responses you will be glad you went to the trouble to do this.

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