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This is a guide about identifying an antique desk. It can be difficult to identify vintage and antique furniture. Checking the bottom of the desk and of the drawers might reveal a manufacturer's stamp or seal. Scour the internet for similar pieces. Otherwise contact a dealer or appraiser.
This is a guide about identifying antique dining chairs. Here are some tips for how to identify those antique chairs you have. Labels or subtle markings hidden on the furniture can help you in your search.
Identifying the age and value of antique chairs can be difficult especially if there are no markings identifying the manufacturer. Careful research may yield helpful information.
Identifying an antique or vintage table that you have either inherited or found in a shop or at a yard sale, can sometimes prove difficult. This is a guide about identifying an antique table.
Identifying the manufacturer and value of furniture that you inherit or stumble across at antique stores and yard sales can sometimes be a challenge. This is a guide about identifying a coffee table.
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Your bench is really lovely but you may have to consult an antique/vintage dealer to obtain information.
I have this table. I have been looking at side tables, stretcher, library, and sofa. I can't find it or anything about it.
If you have historical residences in your area the docents will be well versed in furniture styles and types. You might also want to send a pic to some national sites such as Mount Vernon.
I know nothing about it, but it's beautiful, and I hope you don't do anything hideous to it, like painting it, or taking it apart to make something else out of it. It breaks my heart to see some of the awful things people do to nice furniture on some of the DIY sites.
Sorry, I know nothing either but agree with Pixiedust - it's beautiful.
Marg from England.
The table is beautiful and I recently had a similar issue with a table in my house. I really just searched through pics to find my answer.
For any of you that are knowledgeable in furniture I'm curious as to what you would say about this piece of furniture? I just bought it from a young girl who inherited it and she knew nothing about it.
This piece is from the 20s-40s, Art Deco period, and is called a vanity or dressing table. From the look and size of yours it may even be called a dresser vanity or even a man's dressing table.
I found this unique table and cannot find one picture or information anywhere on the internet to give me a clue on year, name, style, anything! It's 27 high so I think too high for a coffee table, a bit too low for a desk. Can anyone give me a clue?
Look on the back, underneath and in the drawer for a plaque or marking. You could also take this picture to an antique dealer.
By B Smith
I assume the glass doors lift up?
It almost looks like something you could roll around and serve desserts from like for a nursing home? That is all I could think of. I hope that helps.
It might be a book case...can't really tell. Maybe from a law office?
I'm with Halfwit - this looks like a homemade 'barrister's bookcase'. If it is, the lift-up doors should slide into the upper part of the case so the attorney could easily access a specific section of his personal law library whilst preparing a case:
As for era, it looks to be a fairly modern construction of salvaged parts from various eras anywhere from late 19th to mid-20th century. I say this because of the modern looking fixings on the glass (?) - if the doors are the plexiglass they look in the photo, that is also a clue to date of creation.
Does the glass lift out and slide on the top? It looks very much like the book shelves made in late 1800's.
I have a theory about this oak Chippendale style wingback armchair being Irish (because of Celtic knot carvings) and from around 1880. Am I wrong ? Can you tell me more about it?
You need to know the manufacturer of the chair. Turn it over to see who makes it.
Finding the worth of a chair.
First you need to find any marks on the chair it should have the manufacturer name on it.
Then go to E-Bay and describe your chair and they will e-mail you when one comes on.
Old chair. No names. I'm not interested in value. I'm keeping it for now.
Take a magnifying glass and look on the bottom and back of the chair for some markings. It will be very difficult to identify if there are no markings
I used to have a chair just like this and I think I remember the markings were written on and not etched in. Sorry :(
By Teri from Chicago, IL
I think is is beautiful, wish it was mine. ;)
I beleve it is a European Shrunk, most likely
German or Bavarian. They used this type of
over sized storage instead of cabinets or closets.
My great aunt had a dining room set complete with china cabinet. This one in the picture is a duplicate of what she had. All I know is that its from the 1920s. Hope this helps.
You need to look for a manufacturers mark on the bottom, back or inside a drawer. Once you have that, you can more easily determine the value.