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Value of Antique Tilt Top Table

I have a beautiful antique tilt top table I'm looking to sell, but have no idea what the value is. Does anyone have some insight they would be willing to share with me? I would really appreciate it!

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August 13, 20181 found this helpful
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Wow! It is a beautiful piece! Is there a maker mark on the underside?

Do you know the age? You said antique, which to me means it is at least 100 years old (so from 1918 or before).

Do you know the wood type? It is hard to tell if it is a walnut or a mahogany or even oak with a different stain.

All of these factors affect the value--as if you look online at sold auctions they can range in price from around $30 into the low thousands if it has significant provenance.

It is pretty and seems to be in nice shape...usually the more ornate patterns fetch a little more, and this one has nice floral carvings. The edge appears to be a pie crust edge (meaning fluted) although at the angle, it may just have a raised edge (not the actual fluting like a pie has if done up fancy.


If there is no markers mark on it, I would suggest either going to Google images and describing and looking for an EXACT match and then seeing if it was sold at an auction house and for how much OR taking the name and plugging it into eBays SOLD section and seeing what comes up.

Value is based on current market price--meaning what an item sells for (I use selling price plus shipping because that is what the person pays)--although most big pieces are local pick up only because shipping is a nightmare.

Never use asking price to determine a value because that only tells you what the seller thinks it is worth...SOLD price tells you what someone actually paid--value.

Value is different than profit also...so if you sell online or to a consignment store, you may sell for 100, but profit less than 50 after fees or commissions.

I wish I could help more, but there are no exact matches on ebay at the moment based on photos...if you don't find a match first time out, check back to eBay or Google images every few days as the market is very fluid and changes almost daily.


It is a lovely piece! Maybe someone else here will recognize it immediately and be able to give you an EXACT market value! Thanks for sharing it!

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I seriously doubt that you will find an exact match to your table as there are hundreds of tables shown on Google, Pinterest, eBay, Etsy and many other sites and it is rare to see two of the same antique or vintage table. You could get lucky and find a picture of your table but that would not give you any indication of true value.

  • Without extensive knowledge of antique or vintage furniture it will be difficult to determine any type of value for your table.
  • There does not appear to be any markings but that is not unusual as many of the antique furniture did not have real markings but sometimes knowledgeable people know how to determine who made what and when.
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  • It is possible that your table is just vintage and not a true antique as it appears (to me) the tilt mechanism is more modern than most of the antiques I have looked at.
  • Your table looks to be in excellent condition so that is a good selling point and tilt-top tables are always popular.
  • These tables have been called by several names;
  • tea tables, dessert tables, tilt-top tables, flip-top tables, breakfast tables (used in bedrooms).
  • If you research these tables you will find the asking prices range from $100 to over $12,000 and yours could fall anywhere in between.
  • My guess (which is only based on what I have seen) is your table would be valued at $400 to $900 but when it would sell is an unknown as most furniture pieces are slow sellers.
  • Also, shipping is usually expensive so you would mostly be trying to sell within your immediate area.
  • If this were my table I would try and get an appraisal (or 2 or 3) so I could find out what it really is worth.
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  • Here is a site that has free appraisals so think about this:
  • antiques.lovetoknow.com/Free_Antique_Appraisals_Online
  • Here is a link to Barneby's site but they charge $17 but it is usually money well spent when looking at an item like yours.
  • www.barnebys.com/.../
  • Good luck

You can check some of these sites for similar tables:


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Without knowing who made it, it will be hard to determine age and value. You might want to go to a dealer

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