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Hello. I recently inherited this cabinet. I was told it's from the late 1800s. The curved glass was replaced but the front pane is original (which is wavy if you look from an angle). As with others, I can't find any markings on the piece. The finish looks original too. If anyone wants to comment about possible history that'd be great!
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September 14, 2020

An antique china cabinet.Hello. I recently inherited this cabinet. I was told it's from the late 1800s. The curved glass was replaced but the front pane is original (which is wavy if you look from an angle). As with others, I can't find any markings on the piece. The finish looks original too. If anyone wants to comment about possible history that'd be great!

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Gorgeous!! Lion serpents and amazing wood..tiger oak cut/mill style, probably US made...although it would need to be seen in person to look at joiners and how it is assembled. Outside chance it was Italian..they used a lot of serpents in their furniture, but Italian is usually more ornate. Yowsa!! Having a mirror is unusual for a curio!

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It appears to be late 1800s/early 1900s. If you are asking for value, I would get a reputable auction house to handle this for you. This is such a fine and detailed piece that if it is truly as old as it appears and the high quality it appears it could fetch a lot in the right setting! Post back if you learn more!! Very cool!!

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February 25, 2021

I bought this china cabinet at a flea market for 20 dollars. I can't find any identifying marks except for the numbers on the back (as pictured above) however I can't find anything online about the numbers.

I've seen similar china cabinets from the 1900s. Could anyone maybe tell me something about it? Thanks in advance.

A wooden china cabinet.
 
The back of a wooden china cabinet.
 

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February 27, 20210 found this helpful
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This is a great piece. Almost but not quite art deco. I would place it between 1890s and 1930s. Leaning to the later years because of the almost deco look to it.

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From what I have been reading lately these diminutive style, single door hutches/ china closets are the hot thing to "flea market flip" where people redo them and sell them at much higher prices.

You got a great bargain for $20! What are your plans for it?

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January 23, 2020

How do I figure out the value and age of this curved glass cabinet?

Value of a Curio Cabinet - a perhaps antique curio cabinet with curved glass front and sides and an oval mirror on top
 
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January 27, 20200 found this helpful
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Do you see a name of the company who made this cabinet? All I am seeing is the design number on the back of the wood. You need to give us a bit more to go on. If you can't find any other information on the cabinet it is time to seek help from an antique shop in your area.

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They normally can identify items such as this.

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September 12, 2018

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

Thank you.

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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.

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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.

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 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.
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.
  • 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...
  • 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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January 25, 2019

I have had this piece of American made furniture in my family and would like to know if it is from the 1920s or before. It is solid cherry I believe and is in 2 pieces.

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January 25, 20190 found this helpful

It is a beautiful piece. You need to know who made it. Look on the back, inside of the drawers and the bottom for identifying markings.

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January 27, 20190 found this helpful

Hi,

This is a beautiful piece of furniture. After you look for any identifying markings, and find out who made the piece, you will be better able to identify it.

Also, if you cannot find any identifying markings, you can go to ebay and search for china antique cabinets and compare your piece of furniture with the pictures shown. This will give you some idea of what the furniture is going for on ebay.

Here is one link:
www.ebay.com/.../bn_18121789

Have a wonderful day!

---Robyn

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February 24, 20190 found this helpful

Great piece! Very nice arts and crafts style.

You mention it is American made, so I am assuming it is marked. Are there other marks? Markings would help in dating it.

It has ball feet (by the looks) so that is indicative of the country/arts and crafts nature. Simple lines. But this style has been reproduced many times so knowing more about it would help date it.

Are the drawers dove tailed? Are there screws holding it together or dowels (dowels usually mean older pieces)? What kind of hinges are on it? Is the glass plain (like single pane) or beveled? Is the glass smooth or wavy (wavy is usually older, although it could have been replaced at a later date)?

Are the keys holes functional or just decorative and if functional, do you have the keys?

How does it come apart or does one piece just sit on the other?

It is lovely. Perhaps with more info, I can help or since I can't see it and touch it, maybe you can get a pro to come to the house and help you date it.

There should be markings on it--like on the back or bottom, or even on the bottom of a drawer.

Post back more info or what an in person pro tells you. It is lovely and at first pass it could be legit arts and craftsman piece from the 20s--this quote is taken from the Arts and Craft style wiki "The Arts and Crafts movement was an international trend in the decorative and fine arts that began in Britain and flourished in Europe and America between about 1880 and 1920"

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July 3, 2019

I have no idea how old this china cabinet is or what it is worth. It is very unusual and I bought the matching buffet. I know nothing about it and hoped someone might?

Identifying a China Cabinet - ornate china cabinet
 
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July 4, 20190 found this helpful

This is really beautiful. The style is over 100 years old. It could be an antique or a reproduction. You might want to have a dealer check it out.

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May 3, 2019

Can anyone tell me about anything about this cabinet? It has two top strips of inlaid on the top and one around the door. It has two shelves and a small door at the top and it's about 3' tall 14" deep and 18" wide.

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