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Determining the Age of Vintage Furniture?

A vintage chair in a plain setting.
Determining the age of vintage furniture will either require getting a formal appraisal or investing time into researching the piece yourself. Working on-line is a good choice. Identifying the maker, place of manufacture, etc. will also help. Read on for some helpful tips for determining the age of your vintage furniture.
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March 30, 2022

I was wondering the year and the value of a dresser like this? The model number is 295-17-211 and I'm curious what is the stamp age?

I've seen some that are stamped in the wood, I was wandering which style is older?

A vingage Bassett dresser with a mirror.
 
The Bassett logo inside a dresser.
 

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March 31, 20220 found this helpful
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French Provincial is collectible and timeless. This is Bassett, that was produced in late 60's. depending on where you live, this dresser with mirror, could bring in as much as $1200 to the right buyer.

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Here are what others are asking- www.etsy.com/.../bassett_dresser

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April 4, 20220 found this helpful
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As is the dresser w/mirror is between 300 to 450. With a new coat of paint or sanded then stained, I've seen listings from 550 to 1150. The prices are all over the place depending upon state and refinishing. Here is one I found on Etsy.

 
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December 6, 2020

On the bottom of the boot it says:

Lefton's
unreadable
Exclusive Japan

A figurine of a Christmas elf in a red boot.
 

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December 6, 20200 found this helpful
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Here is a link on dating Lefton:

justvintagehome.com/.../

1946-1953
Large crimson label with gold or silver trim. Reads Leftons Exclusive Japan

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I see people asking in the hundreds for these, but they never sell at that price. I believe yours is missing the trim (I think it had a tree in the boot), although I am 90, not 100% positive.

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December 6, 20200 found this helpful
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Cute..
It is always best if we can see a picture of the bottom/label of an item but you say it reads:
Lefton's
unreadable
Exclusive Japan
I believe the 'unreadable' may be; Reg U.S. Pat. Off. which would make your item made between 1953-1971.
Not sure if this is imprinted on the item or if it is the red label with gold or silver trim.
I believe this is one of the styles that is a candle stick holder - cannot tell for sure from the pictures so this may have not had any other decoration with it.

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They originally came in a pair: boy and girl with the holly wreath on different sides of the boot.
Several of these have sold on eBay over the past several months but the value is not very high.
sold prices for 2 items: $27.50 - $15 - $69.99
Price for 1 single (like yours): $49.95 (this price is high and may not happen again).

www.ebay.com/.../114514607068?hash=item1aa99a3bdc...
www.ebay.com/.../363173489446?hash=item548ed3ab26...
www.ebay.com/.../293813344225?hash=item4468a3d7e1...
www.ebay.com/.../363103076950?hash=item548aa14256...

You can see the prices are not very consistent but it looks like your item value would be less than $20 plus shipping. Bear in mind that we have no way to tell how long the sold items had been listed for sale - maybe even 2 or 3 Christmases.

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It is most likely too late to post it for sale as shipping time will be longer than normal and generally, people like decorations several weeks before Christmas.

Your figurine is the boy. The colors may appear in different shades but that is usually just due to the 'color run' and each 'run' will be of different shades of color.

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October 6, 2020

Really hoping someone will know the maker, and age of this chair (yellow/gold color) I picked up for $5? Seller told me her mother in law said that many years ago that she had had it reupholstered in fabric from the 40s. I don't know about that, but the original fabric that covered the bottom is long gone. A vintage chair in upholstered in yellow-gold fabric.

 

I found a couple of identical chairs online, and a pic of a partial label from the bottom of one them, but cannot figure out the maker.

It's very dusty and needs to be cleaned, but otherwise in great shape, and feels very sturdy and comfortable. Thanks for any, and all information and insight!

Identifying the Maker and Age of This Chair?
 
Identifying the Maker and Age of This Chair?
 
Identifying the Maker and Age of This Chair?
 

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October 7, 20200 found this helpful
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From what I am seeing online and some of the auction sites I have visited the chair is from the 50s. I am not able to find any maker and most of them are not listed with one as you have found out. The chairs that you listed from the one auction site is typical of the other chairs I have seen from a few other auction sites. I am not sure if the auction sites have the items in their possession or they are taken on consignment and just the images are listed on their site.

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I would try and contact a few of these auction sites and make an inquiry as to who has made this chair. Thye should know a bit more about the furniture they are selling. I can find a few chairs like yours listed and each one seems to be covered in a different fabric. I think the person you purchased this from was correct when she told you her mom had it recovered.

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October 8, 20200 found this helpful
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No matter the actual brand, you got a good deal!
This chair style was and still is, one of the most popular styles any company ever made so just about every company produced a similar style and sellers are calling this style: Danish, Scandinavian, mid-century, scoop, etc. because most of the chairs have no markings and as you've seen on one listing, original tags were usually paper and over the years have 'disappeared'.

This listing is for a beautiful chair and the seller does not mention any brand just as most chairs of similar style/age.

www.etsy.com/.../50s-mid-century-danish-modern-black...

This listing was for 2 chairs and they were in very bad condition (regardless of what is written in description) but sold for $190 in 2019. They also mention (or throw in) the brand name - Heywood Wakefield but I do not believe this partial tag is from Heywood Wakefield.
Listings like this are made on consignment and the auction site has nothing to do with what the seller writes about the item and does not know anything about the item and posts their disclaimer on the site.

www.liveauctioneers.com/.../74979102_two-2-mid-century-modern...

There are a lot of chair forums and most of these members are more knowledgeable about items like this.
You can post your question and picture (should be a side picture also) to one or more of these sites to see what they have to say about your chair.

www.myantiquefurniturecollection.../.../ask.html

I'm not sure about the value but maybe another member, Pghgirl, will be able to offer more information and she may also recognize the label.

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January 21, 2020

I bought this sofa, cleaned it up, applied beeswax to the wood and really want to know how old it is. It is very heavy, with original tapestry.

The scrolling hardwood is beautiful and detailed.

How Old Is My Sofa? - upholstered couch with dark wood trim
 
How Old Is My Sofa?
 
How Old Is My Sofa?
 
How Old Is My Sofa?
 
How Old Is My Sofa?
 
How Old Is My Sofa?
 
How Old Is My Sofa?
 

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January 22, 20201 found this helpful
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This is a beautiful piece! If you can't find the makers's detail, try looking at ebay's Brocade Sofas, Loveseats & Chaises category. It might be worth $500 or more!

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April 12, 2018

I have inherited my grandmother's sofa and cannot identify what era it is. It weighs about 700 pounds and I can't really flip it over. I'm about to reupholster it and I'm trying to find out what it would've looked like originally.

Please help me save my dear little grandmother's sofa and at least find out what it is.

Determining the Age of a Couch - gold upholstered couch with partial tufting and wood trim
 
Determining the Age of a Couch
 
Determining the Age of a Couch
 
Determining the Age of a Couch
 
Determining the Age of a Couch
 

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April 12, 20180 found this helpful
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First - it would be a very bad idea to change this sofa from the original before you find out the true value as changing ANYTHING could reduce the value by half or more. Of course, that all depends on the value and if you or anyone ever decides to sell the sofa.

  • Reupholstering would change/ruin the complete sofa for anyone who would be willing to pay "big" money as that just reduces it to an ordinary sofa.
  • Only a person dealing in antiques could tell you anything about your sofa.
  • If you decide to take pictures to an antique shop be sure to take better photos of the legs and front and ends as these are the distinctive marking of furniture.
  • You will also need photos of the condition of the sofa as well as cushions.
  • You would also need to know if any alterations have been done in the past as well as any time frame that your grandmother may have purchased the sofa and where she was living at the time (place of purchase - city/store/price paid).
  • Gather as much information as possible - even if you cannot prove it.
  • You can also seek several on-line appraisals to help you with your quest.
  • Here are some sites that offer "free" appraisals but check them out for yourself.
  • www.artifactcollectors.com/.../
  • antiques.lovetoknow.com/Free_Antique_Appraisals_Online
  • Here is a link to Barneby's but they charge $17 for an appraisal.
  • www.barnebys.com/.../

Even if you plan to keep this sofa, you should know the value just in case you need to add it to your insurance policy.

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