Identifying an Antique Table

Can anyone help me? I inherited this, and I really don't know what I have. I know the leaves slide out and that the chairs have been reupholstered.
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February 12, 20190 found this helpful

The trestle table is in good condition. Look on the bottom of the table and leaves for identifying marking. I dont think the chairs and the table were a set originally

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February 13, 20190 found this helpful

This is a gorgeous table...I call it a FIXED trestle because (and this is just how I understand it--I am NOT an antique dealer or expert, but LOVE old pieces). A true trestle table the bar (trestle) was designed to come out so the table could easily be moved. When people started staying put more (less nomadic I guess), it was better stability to "fix" the trestle so you could not take it out--it was kind of a sign of prestige and told the world that you were "stable" and ensconced in a home of your own.

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That all said, in many places in the US these still have value to them, especially if they are in as nice a shape as yours and even if it is not a true antique (over 100 years old), it still may have value if you were going to sell it.

A true antique, solid oak trestle table--fixed or non fixed trestle--can fetch big bucks in the right market (like an auction or high end antique store), of course it depends on size and condition and yours appears to be in nice shape, although on the smaller side.

You said there are leaves for this? Do they pop up on the ends? Fixed trestle tables (unless my memory is really totally gone) usually do not have leaves that pop in the middle, because the trestle is fixed and doesn't spread to allow the table to be enlarged). Some have self stored leaves that extend from each end.

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There should be markings on the table--underneath or maybe where the leaves come out.

Markings (brand) will help value it and the company had a logical numbering system could perhaps give you the age.

Other things to help you determine the age are to look at things like the mechanics for the leaves, how the legs are attached to the underside (carved out--super rare or screwed in--and what kind of screws and plates).

A good antique dealer should be able to help you ID and value it, especially if you are thinking of selling it.

The chairs are interesting, and it is hard to tell if they are original to the table. The photo and lighting make it hard to tell if the wood matches.

Chair values are tricky if they are NOT part of the original set. Where I am most wood dining chairs are valueless, which I find quite sad. There are just too many of them. Now there are a few brands (like Statton and Pennsylvania house) that still have value, but like everything condition is everything when valuing.

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Chairs are typically marked on the underside also. If they have been recovered as you say, the markings may be under the upholstery--which you do not want to remove to find if someone covered the bottoms along with the tops (why people do that is beyond me, but I have seen it done).

Post back what you learn and if you are going to sell it, what you fetch for it.

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February 13, 20190 found this helpful

Thank you all so much! There are leaves. The table top actually sits on them, and they slide out, allowing the top to sit between them. I dont see any markings. Here are a few more pictures.

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February 22, 20190 found this helpful

Wow!! Thanks for the additional photos! I hope an good antique store can give you value and more info.

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This is a stunning piece!! My gut says it is going to be valuable for you. I hope I am right!!

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