Identifying Vintage and Antique Furniture

I am curious as to the value of these two pieces. I did some research on the dry sink and it appears to be an Ethan Allen piece with an Ogee bracket type foot, but I haven't seen the exact same one. I don't know the history of it, as it was left as trash at someone's house about five years ago.

I researched the chair. I've seen similar splat? back chairs and the Sheraton? type leg. Is it a Hepplewhite side chair? This chair was found in the house we now occupy that was empty for at least five years and was built in 1698.

I would appreciate any input. Thanks!

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December 13, 20181 found this helpful

The Antiques Roadshow has hundreds of appraisals in its archive. You might find something very similar.

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December 13, 20180 found this helpful

Thanks for your input. Someone mentioned Antique Roadshow to me once when I showed them a desk we also found that looks similar to a Federalist desk that was on the show that was valued at 10,000. I hadn't known there is a way to see past items brought to the show. Thanks!

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December 14, 20180 found this helpful

I am going to look into the chair later, as I think I have the same chair in my was from my nana's 1930s dining set. I will post back what I learn on that.

Re the cabinet/dry sink. I could be wrong, but what I think you have is a modified hutch that someone cut down to make a dry sink. I say that because it looks like it has glass holders (stem holders) in the middle there, which may have been from a hutch format.


Ethan Allen pieces are typically marked. Here are some hints for what to look for:

A reputable furniture dealer can look at it in person and see if there are markings of it being a customized piece. This was a frequent thing that the gentleman of the house did when a piece no longer met the family needs or the family moved and the piece no longer fit.

If that is what you have, it will be hard to find an apples to apples match if you are looking to value it. You will have to give it your best guess between the price (SOLD ONLY) of similar hutches and dry sinks.

Let us know what you learn! I will post back more on the chair if I find mine!

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December 23, 20180 found this helpful

I am at a loss on the chair. My pierced back has more grooves than this one and the markings have completely come off even if I wanted to use it to ID it.


You may want to search Google images for vintage pierce back chairs to see if you can find a match to all of the details of yours if yours has no markings either.

I know this style of chair, where I am, has not held its value, because there are just too many of them around and the younger people do not want the hassle of having to clean all of those piercings. Smooth back or fabric chairs are what the kids seem to want where I am.

That said, the value for these chairs differs from city to city. A reputable furniture consignment store or antique shop can tell you when they would offer. You may be best to take what they offer as selling them on your own, you would never get "retail".

Post back if you sell and the values. I am sorry I could not be of more help.

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December 23, 20180 found this helpful

I am curious as to how you reached the conclusion that your dry sink was an Ethan Allen?


  • I am curious as I do not believe Ethan Allen made any furniture that did not bear their brand somewhere on/in the piece. There have been a lot of different companies that made similar dry sinks.
  • Also, Ethan Allen loved to put drawers in almost all of their (suitable) furniture and yours does not appear to have drawers. Their brand was usually always placed inside one or more of the drawers. They may have made a dry sink without drawers but I have completed a lot of research on EA in the past and have never seen one without a drawer(s) located somewhere.
  • I cannot really see the door pulls but they also do not seem to be EA but cannot verify that without a better picture.
  • Here is a good example of a true Ethan Allan dry sink. This posting is from 2016 but it has most of the characteristics of EA in similar style. The price is very low but that does happen with auctions sometimes so the price is irrelevant in this listing - just check out the points made about the item.
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  • I believe it may be larger than your dry sink but has all of the familiar EA features.
  • Have you checked all over your piece for any type of brand? If it has Ethan Allen brand located somewhere, I would really love to know so I can add it to my EA files.
  • I am doing some research for other brands of dry sinks so maybe more later.
  • I am not familiar with the chair style but maybe Pghgirl will be able to help you with it.
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