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Identifying Antique Furniture

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Whether you have inherited a piece of antique furniture or enjoy antique shopping, it can sometimes be difficult to identify a particular piece, including even its original intended usage. This is a guide about identifying antique furniture.
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April 4, 20181 found this helpful

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.

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February 22, 20180 found this helpful

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.

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February 13, 20180 found this helpful

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.

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Professional appraisers are an option as well. This is a guide about identifying antique chairs.

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January 18, 20180 found this helpful

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.

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January 5, 20180 found this helpful

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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April 8, 2018

Can you tell me anything about this bench?

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April 9, 20181 found this helpful
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Your bench is really lovely but you may have to consult an antique/vintage dealer to obtain information.

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  • These dealers study many years and become familiar with the different styles and brands so they can name them without any markings. They can also tell if any alterations have been made.
  • You could show your photos to any antique shops in your area or you might be able to obtain some information from an on-line appraiser.
  • Here is a site that has some links for "free" appraisals but be sure to check it out for yourself.
  • www.artifactcollectors.com/.../
  • antiques.lovetoknow.com/Free_Antique_Appraisals_Online
  • here is a link to Barneby's site but they charge $17 for an appraisal (it gives a lot better information).
  • www.barnebys.com/.../
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August 26, 2015

I have this table. I have been looking at side tables, stretcher, library, and sofa. I can't find it or anything about it.

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Could someone please help with identifying this as it is driving me mad. I have looked at thousands.

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August 26, 20150 found this helpful

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.

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If your library system has a history collection there might be one of these tables around some place and the docents will know what it is.

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August 27, 20150 found this helpful

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.

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August 27, 20150 found this helpful

Sorry, I know nothing either but agree with Pixiedust - it's beautiful.
Marg from England.

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September 23, 20150 found this helpful

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.

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The tables I found most similar to yours were when I searched "antique Victorian rosewood side table". Hope this helps!

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April 11, 2018

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.

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April 11, 20180 found this helpful
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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.

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January 16, 2018

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?
Thanks.

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January 17, 20180 found this helpful

Look on the back, underneath and in the drawer for a plaque or marking. You could also take this picture to an antique dealer.

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March 16, 2018

Can you please tell me what this piece of furniture is called?

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September 24, 20130 found this helpful

Does anyone know what this piece of furniture was used for and the era it came from?

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September 25, 20130 found this helpful

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.

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September 25, 20130 found this helpful

It might be a book case...can't really tell. Maybe from a law office?

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September 26, 20130 found this helpful

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:

http://www.home  rister-bookcase/

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.

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September 26, 20130 found this helpful

Does the glass lift out and slide on the top? It looks very much like the book shelves made in late 1800's.

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December 15, 2017

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?

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December 15, 20170 found this helpful

You need to know the manufacturer of the chair. Turn it over to see who makes it.

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December 15, 20170 found this helpful

Finding the worth of a chair.

Step 1
First you need to find any marks on the chair it should have the manufacturer name on it.

Step 2
Then go to E-Bay and describe your chair and they will e-mail you when one comes on.

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December 15, 20170 found this helpful

Old chair. No names. I'm not interested in value. I'm keeping it for now.

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January 21, 2018

I got today this child's chair at an estate sale. It's painted over so I can't find anything on it.

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January 21, 20180 found this helpful

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

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January 22, 20180 found this helpful

I used to have a chair just like this and I think I remember the markings were written on and not etched in. Sorry :(

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April 8, 2009

I have a piece a furniture and I am trying to figure out what it is and what it would be worth. Can anyone help me with this? I think it is a china cabinet. I have no idea what year it would be from.

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April 8, 20090 found this helpful

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.

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April 12, 20090 found this helpful

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.

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November 24, 2017

I am not sure exactly what this is and its age; can you tell me?

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November 24, 20170 found this helpful

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.

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