Value of Mersman Glass Topped Tables

Could you please tell me the value of these tables? The tables and glass are in excellent condition. My neighbors were moving and asked me if I would like to have them. Thank you for your help.
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September 12, 20180 found this helpful

They are worth about $150 for the pair

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September 12, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you for your response. I wonder why I seen this one table on eBay for 499.99.

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September 14, 20180 found this helpful

You should continue your research as that is the absolute best way to place a value on items like this. You just have to understand that people (just like you maybe) are placing asking prices on their items and may not have any clue as to whether they are really worth the price they ask.

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That does not mean that the table you refer to was (is) not worth that amount but until it is sold you have no way to know for sure. If you happen to have a link to the table you describe, please post it so we can also make note of it. If you see something like this in the future I would suggest you place a watch on it so you can see if it sells. Did this table sell?

Mersman numbers are not always used in research as there is no list available that actually states what they represent. Most have surmised that numbers represent date, style and factory but, as of yet, no one has found a way to decode them. So, as a general rule research is done by pictures and style.

ThriftyFun receives a lot of questions about the value and history of Mersman furniture so we all do a lot of research but since the company made over 30 million pieces of furniture during their existence, research is limited because it is difficult to find a sold item of the exact style in question.

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That is why you will see a general "value" shown (such as Judy's $150) because that is what similar tables may have been sold for. I do not believe any ThriftyFun member claims to be an expert but we do spend a lot of time doing research in hopes that we can help someone in their own search for a value.

This post is always open for a response so please, if you find something that would help us in our research, post the information so we can share it with others in the future.

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September 14, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you so much for your timely response. I will be using this site for many years to come. Very informative. Again thank you

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September 12, 20180 found this helpful

Thanks for sharing! These are very nice! I have not seen this version in all my studies so it is neat to see them.

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Mersman literally made millions of pieces and a huge variety in its long and tenured existence.

That I haven't seen these only means they weren't (when originally sold) popular in my town...just about every home in America had at least one Mersman it from the late 1800s to the early 1980s when the company closed.

I only recommend using current market values from SOLD pieces on eBay (or other reputable auction sites) as that tells you what someone is actually PAYING for an item...vs. what a seller things the piece is worth. Sellers can ask the world, but it is only what someone that will pay that gives it value.

Everything has no value until someone pays for it!

That said, there are none on eBay at the moment either sold or active (I always suggest watching an active auction to see what it sold for and that is your value).

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There is a pair up for sale on a Craig's list for 50.00 a piece:

reading.craigslist.org/.../6681598774.html

This seller in the town he or she is in thinks that is their value (it is hard to tell if that is a true current market value). I can almost guarantee you he or she won't get that much as people on Craigs list tend to bargain items WAY down.

Those who love to value items can't get an accurate bead on current market value in that case as they (Craigs list and Facebook) don't list final selling value anywhere.

If you are looking for a quick turn around of these items, you could follow suit for the 50 each...your town there may be a higher demand and you may get that (and you may be underselling them if the demand is high and the supply is low).

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If your town has a glut of these, then you may get half that if the demand is low.

I never recommend selling the big pieces on eBay. Too much of a hassle.

It is much easier selling them on Facebook Marketplace, Craig's list, Nextdoor.com, or a flea market. Antique dealers usually take a huge cut. Sometimes consignment shops offer fair splits.

Wishing you luck in your quest! Thanks for sharing these neat items! I am excited to see a new style!

PS if you sell them, be sure to include in your ad the term Mid Century Modern (MCM). This will get the right buyers to your door. MCM means they were created sometime between the 1950s and early 1970s. Think the TV show Mad Man. There is a huge appeal (at least in my town) for MCM pieces!

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September 12, 20180 found this helpful

The style of these tables present a curiosity to me as I do not remember seeing any of their furniture that had slats in the bottom.

  • It is very difficult to tell anything about your tables as the angle of the picture makes it difficult to separate the two tables. You really need pictures of each table showing from the top and also from the side.
  • If you take some good pictures you might be able to get an appraisal which would be a lot more beneficial than anything we can tell you.
  • Without finding anything similar that has sold everyone would just be guessing (but with some prior knowledge of what this type table usually sells for).
  • The problem with that is we do not know what might make your tables more valuable than ones we have seen.
  • If you would like to ask for an appraisal here is a link that has some sites for a free appraisal.
  • antiques.lovetoknow.com/Free_Antique_Appraisals_Online
  • You will have to have good pictures as well as measurements.
  • Here is a link to Barneby's but they charge $17 but excellent response.
  • www.barnebys.com/.../
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