Confirm Table Type and Value?

Hi! My parents have this flip top card table. I'm trying to find what manufacturer made it and if it might be worth restoring. It looks like it might be a Brandt Sheraton style based on what I see online but I have no confirmation positively. I would be happy to sand it and stain it, maybe replace the claw foot coverings, and add a few nails for support of the lower base of the drawer if that is the appropriate way to handle it. Curious about style, best practices for restoration, if worthwhile to restore, and possible value for resale.
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July 24, 20200 found this helpful

Without being sure of the maker, hard to place. Here are some collectable tables, maybe you will see your table- www.chairish.com/search?q=card+tables

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July 24, 20200 found this helpful

I can see a number on the bottom of the table and something written in green that does not give a name at all. With the numbers alone it makes it very difficult to even say who has made this table. The value of the table in the condition it is in right now is not worth much at all. I feel if you want to restore the table and use it again I say why not go for it. You can do a good job of restoring it and refinishing the table. The way it is right now you sure could not do any damage to it at all. You could actually increase the value and have a beautiful table to use in your home.

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July 24, 20200 found this helpful

I believe your table is a Duncan Phyfe style although I do see some sellers listing it as a Sheraton style but that is incorrect.

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Without a brand it is difficult to do any decent research as the table you have (even in good condition) makes it just an 'old' flip top card/game table.
We may be able to help more if you show a picture of the complete table (from a short distance) and a picture of the top - full opened top and also a closed top. Also, a picture of the underneath (laying flat so the full underneath shows).
From your pictures it's difficult to be absolutely sure if the table is square, rectangular or round.
Does it have a drawer?
These are the type of pictures you would need if you try to sell it.

This table really looks like it is in bad condition but if you're good at restoring then it may turn out okay.
You do realize that once it's restored you're still looking at an old/vintage flip top game table - that has been restored. Both items are usually a turn-off to any kind of 'big' money.

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Even if your table was a brand name, it isn't always easy to find the exact same table that has sold and a sold item is what sets the 'current' value. It would still be a guessing game to some extent.
This would be a difficult table to ship so that means the area you are located would also have an affect on the value. Could be good or bad.

Values change over the years but in most cases not a lot.
Here is a really nice looking flip-top game tables that was sold in past years but it should give you an idea of what can happen when a table is listed for sale. This listing will give you an idea of the types of pictures needed to post your table for sale.

www.auctionzip.com/.../

www.ebth.com/.../1530366-vintage-duncan-phyfe-style...

This one is still for sale so you might keep watch to see what it sells for:

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www.liveauctioneers.com/.../87856498_mahogany-folding-top-game...

If your restoration will cost very much then I would say not to do it if you plan to sell as I do not feel you could recuperate your spending. If you wish to have a nice table for your home then the cost may be worth it.

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July 25, 20200 found this helpful

So there are three different Brandts in the furniture world (If I remember all were either 20th century or late 19th century and into the 20th century) and one very old furniture maker named Thomas Sheraton who was an 18th century furniture maker.

I was curious who put the two together...then I saw it was places like Chairish (basically a glorified online market). Most of the info there is not accurate in any way shape or form or partially accurate (my opinion as a long time reseller--not the opinion of this website). Very little of what I find on Charish is spot on accurate--and sadly since it is on the internet it becomes the gospel. (end of rant).

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Anyhoo...What I see is you have a tripod style card table. The fasteners look quite modern--probably 1940s or 1950s or they were replaced then--but they look original to the piece as the affixing space looks clean (no scratches you would expect to see if repaired).

Can you show the piece down and then flipped up? Does it flip up as a whole round, or is it flipped in sections?

The legs are frequently referred to as Duncan Phyfe style (not a real Duncan Phyfe who was a 19th century furniture maker), but in the style--just like furniture can be a Sheraton style. I have never heard of Brandt style--most are just by Brandt since they are marked by the company.

I am trying to get a good look at the center decoration, but is hard to look at it sideways and when I flipped the picture, it got all wonky. A straight on photo might help.

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Without seeing the whole table, I can tell you some general info about flip top tables from the 40s and 50s.

There are very few tables of this genre that have a high value--or what I consider high...depending on supply and demand, you could fetch maybe $50 to $200 if it was in pristine condition (no matter who made it).

Furniture sales are regional and very much supply and demand driven with high demand low supply items fetching high end and low demand high supply items fetching on the low end. Then there is the middle ground.

Generally speaking what I tell people is that if you love it and want to refinish it and use it and enjoy it, go for it. If you are refinishing it to sell it, you are not going to recoup your investment as you would have to identify it as refinished and unless you are a professional, that usually devalues a piece.

Post back with a few more photos and I will see if I can offer any more specifics. Thanks for sharing!!

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