Value of Antique Cherry China Cabinet?

How do I determine the price to use for selling my cherry china cabinet? I bought it as an antique over 50 years ago. It has old glass with air bubbles and dovetail drawers. How or where should I sell it?

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November 9, 20180 found this helpful

So pretty!! I can help you value it if you tell me who made it and the approximate year you bought it and how old it was then.

For venues...You can try to sell it through an antique dealer or consignment shop or Facebook marketplace or Craig's List or Next Door.

I would NOT recommend selling it online. Too hard to ship, too much of a pain. You could offer local pick up, but it's cheaper (usually free) to sell locally to other target markets I suggested above.

Be sure to tell people in the ad they have to be prepared to pick it up and protect it because of the glass. You would be surprised how many buyers don't get that step.


I had one buyer who was so smart, she bought (from an office supply place) a giant roll of saran/bubbles and she and her hubby carefully packed up the glass fronted book cases I sold them (super old antiques). They were the best buyers I ever had and I have been doing this for more years than I can count!

Good luck! Post back with brand and I can help with value!

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November 9, 20180 found this helpful

You need to look for identifying markings Look on the back or in the drawers. The dovetailed drawers are a sign of quality. Since this is a large item, you might want to sell through Craigslist and have local people come

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November 11, 20180 found this helpful

You say you bought it as an antique 50 years ago but did you receive any information on provenance when you bought it? An antique 50 years ago would mean it would be at least 150 years old - do you think it is that old? Made around or before 1868? Could it have just been "old" or vintage when you bought it?


  • Many of the better quality pieces will have a name inside the drawers, bottom of drawers, or on the back of cabinet even if they are antiques.
  • You will need to take the drawers out and check inside and outside to search for a name. If you do not find a name you can check inside the cabinet and on the back as this would be the best identifier when trying to date and value an antique/vintage piece.
  • I am curious as to how you determined the wood is cherry as this usually takes a very experienced person when identifying older furniture.
  • I believe you will need to have your cabinet appraised so you can be sure of the brand and exactly how old it happens to be. Minor differences could change the value considerably.
  • You should only try to determine how/where to offer it for sale after you know a ballpark figure of the resale value. Be sure to ask for insurance and resale value if you decide to have it appraised.
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  • There are sites on line that offer appraisals so you might want to try one of those first as a first hand appraisal may be quite expensive.
  • I have used Barneby's in the past and they usually provide a lot of information and they are not expensive - $17 is the cost right now.
  • They will need as much information as you can provide if they are to provide accurate information. Pictures - several - as well as measurements and where you purchased it (area).
  • It looks like a very nice china cabinet so I hope it is worth a bundle. Good luck.
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November 18, 20180 found this helpful

you could try an antique store or craigslist or facebook selling groups

lacking more information on pedigree/provenance, you can just ask for what that sort of piece fetches in the market today which can range from $250 to $500

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