Identifying an Ornate Cabinet

Would anyone be able to help identify this piece of furniture?

Thank you.

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September 12, 20180 found this helpful

You need to know who manufactured it. Look in the back and on the bottom for identifying marks

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September 12, 20180 found this helpful

Unfortunately there are no identifying marks. I have searched the entire cabinet, inside the drawers, back, bottom, etc. If there was something, I am guessing it was removed.

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September 12, 20180 found this helpful

Without a maker you have a couple of choices...if you have lots of time you can search Google images...I call these lattice farmhouse style hutch or sideboard you can go through many, many pictures and visit the links for each to learn more.

OR you can take it to a local antique shop and get one of their experts (I dabble, but an not an expert--YET) to help you. If you talk about insurance value, they are usually more generous with their time and expertise.

My thought it is a 1920s-1930s piece...based on the legs, lattice, and pulls. It is very similar to a piece I have which comes from that era...but mine is much larger.

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Once you get a name for it, I am assuming your next step is to value it to sell...if that is the case, you will want to find an exact match (or close to it) on eBay (or other online auctions that offer SOLD prices) and to see what people actually pay for them...which is what sold auctions tell you. Asking price is only what the seller want to earn.

Yours looks pretty much intact (original) so you may or may not find an exact match...usually I am ONLY about exact matches for value...but I have learned with some of the bigger pieces...like sideboards, hutches, secretaries...the workhouse pieces of the home...that they...because they were so well used...often broke and the repair person (usually the man of the house) would improvise and fix them...so you may see ones like mine that have handles that don't match and were fastened by screws that don't match and lattice that is a different color, because some grandchild (who shall remain nameless) broke one off and made her grandmother mad.

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Finding similar ones (in the same genre--age period) in this case, will probably get you a fair market value for yours...which you can then try to list to sell.

Painting or altering these pieces does lower the value...so if you are at all concerned about that, avoid altering it. If you are planning to love it forever and use it...then paint or stain away!!! Value be damned!!

Thanks for sharing your piece! Let us know what the experts say!

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September 12, 20180 found this helpful

Thank You, I apprectiate your input and knowledge on this. I am not looking to sell this piece, as I just picked it up ($40) and was wondering if it is worth investing the time and and money to spruce up. For now I will research and just clean up until I can determine what to do next! Happy Hunting

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September 12, 20180 found this helpful

You got a wonderful bargain! It is a lovely piece!!!

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September 13, 20180 found this helpful

If restoring antique/vintage pieces is something you are in the habit of doing then a good cleanup would probably make a world of difference in how this cabinet looks.

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If talking about refinishing then I would suggest you find out more about it before changing anything.

  • I believe your cabinet is from the 20's but could be 30s also.
  • I'm not sure but I believe your piece is more in the "cabinet" or china cabinet style rather than a hutch or sideboard.
  • Generally a sideboard is a long lower style that has a flat table height surface for placing food or dishes for serving.
  • The farmhouse styles that I have seen generally have wide open shelves on top with drawers on the bottom and most are pretty wide as they held a lot of dishes.
  • Many people will call this style a hutch but then again, a hutch generally speaking, has more open (maybe glass front) shelves and larger.
  • That is not to say that any of these styles cannot (or were not) called any one of these names in the past.
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  • But if you are trying to narrow your search then I would suggest you look under several name combinations as most people will not know the true style of this cabinet. Start out with a few words and then add or remove as you will find similar styles in any of these categories.
  • When looking at value, condition means a lot as well as how popular the style may be and of course, value may increase if the brand is known.
  • This may not be a real popular style but if it looks good it just may take longer for that right person to see it listed.
  • I have some links that you may want to check out just for reference. Some may just be a picture as the listing may no longer be available but there is still information to be gained.
  • This is a similar cabinet that has been "cleaned up" and information on how it was done.
  • theblacksheepshoppe.blogspot.com/.../refurbished-vintage-1920s-china-cabinet...
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  • Here is a link to this style cabinets on Pinterest but many will lead no where - just the picture.
  • www.pinterest.com/.../
  • Here is a "name brand" listing but it shows how to show off a piece to its best advantage when listed for sale.
  • www.ebay.com/.../232918554175?hash=item363b07163f...
  • www.ebay.com/.../223090270806
  • Etsy has a lot of antique cabinets/hutch listed so you might want to check out their site for similar styles.
  • To determine what is the true value of your piece may take a true antique knowledgeable person but I believe it is definitely worth putting the time (and patience) into a good cleanup job.
  • If you decide to get an appraisal here is a link to some "free" sites as well as a link to Barneby's but they charge $17.
  • www.whatsellsbest.com/.../collectibles.html
  • www.discoverypub.com/.../
  • www.barnebys.com/.../
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September 14, 20180 found this helpful

Thanks! That is one AWESOME reply!

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