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Value of Tiered Mersman Tables

I have this two tables labeled Mersman 8604. I would like to know the value please.

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August 13, 20180 found this helpful

These are lovely and functional pieces! Mersman was a staple in may homes for many, many years and literally made millions of pieces.

These appear to be mid century pieces (1950s or 1960s, early 1970s tops). You will often hear this style called MCM (mid century modern).

It was a clean style...that was part of a rebellion of the "foo-foo" Victorian style furniture that came before it.

There are no current matches on eBay to give you an exact market value and I don't want to guess as market value lately seems to change weekly, sometimes daily!

There was a pair sold at another online auction (see this link) www.worthpoint.com/.../pair-vtg-walnut-inlay-leather-top...

but my membership expired and they won't let me do another free trial or I am doing something wrong so I can't get the sold price. Perhaps you can get a free trial and that will tell you the value on the day they sold...depending on how long ago this sold, it may still be the same or it may have dropped some as the market for furniture (at least where I am) seems to drop daily.

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I would recommend checking back to eBay every few days and going to the SOLD section to see what people are paying (there is a sold button on the left of the eBay dashboard). You can add the selling price and shipping if any to get an approximate value--though most will be local pick up only since shipping these would be a bear and a half.

Condition is everything so if the sold ones are pristine and yours have any marks, you will need up to 20% off the selling price.

Remember if you sell them, value is different than profit as when you sell, you may have to pay fees or consignment costs, unless you sell sell using one of the free services, like Nextdoor, Facebook Marketplace or Craigs List. On those sites, people will want to devalue your items and often offer much less than your value. I just had this happen yesterday, so I speak from experience.

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I hope this gets you started in valuing your pieces! They are neat and will last a long time if you use them!!

Thanks for sharing!

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August 13, 20180 found this helpful

I have seen tables like this go for around $100 for the pair.

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August 14, 20180 found this helpful

There were over 30 million pieces of Mersman furniture made during the lifetime of the company and as far as anyone has found (and reported) there is no available list/information that tells what exactly the numbers mean (most believe they are for the style and factory) and so it is very difficult to "date" this furniture without a proper provenance. it is possible the high number on your tables means they were some of the later styles.

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  • These tables are called by different names; end tables, side tables, tier tables.
  • From my experience, it appears that leather top tables do not sell as quickly or for as much money as all wood tables and I believe it is because the leather inserts tend to discolor easily and you have to be very careful with anything that is placed upon the table.
  • It is rare to find exact tables and especially ones that sold recently and that is the only way we can place any kind of value on items like this.
  • There may be many similar styles listed, or even an exact style, but the overall condition will never be the same so even placing any type of value on your tables is just a guess that cannot be substantiated.
  • Here is an a site that 2 tables just like yours (condition?) recently (08/07/2018) sold for $21 so you can see that a selling price does not always mean very much.
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  • bid.auctionbymayo.com/.../2666406
  • Here is a pair (like yours) presently listed on eBay for $100. They may sell or may not but they are "pick up only" so that means someone in that area would have to want these tables as there is no shipping going on. You can put a "watch" on this listing and see if it sells.
  • www.ebay.com/.../142899831616?hash=item21457e6340...
  • Just for information:
  • Here is a listing on eBay for a really nice end table and the seller is new and does not have a clue as to what they are doing. The table has just sold for $50 (I feel sure it is worth more money but sales are slow). They will have to pay eBay/PayPal fees of about $7. That is not the big problem - the big problem is the inexperienced seller has shipping cost listed a $3.75 and marked First Class shipping (First Class goes to 16 ounces) and to ship this table anywhere will probably cost about $75 to $85.
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  • So, what will the seller do? Most likely they will not complete the sale (they will still owe the fees) and if they do not complete the sale they may never be able to sell on eBay in the future.
  • www.ebay.com/.../173439152761?hash=item2861c77279...
  • You can try and get an appraisal but it is difficult for a true value to be given because most of the time a lot of the total value depends upon where the furniture is located - large or small city/area makes a difference in value.
  • Here is a link that has some free sites listed so maybe these might help with your questions.
  • antiques.lovetoknow.com/Free_Antique_Appraisals_Online
  • Here is a link to Barneby's but they charge $17 (usually well worth it):
  • www.barnebys.com/.../
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August 15, 20180 found this helpful

this is so cool! I have something just like that that we found on the side of the road once, but ours was in way worse shape and didn't have a drawer. Also it was only one, not a pair

How cool to know it is a Mersman and possibly worth something - yours look in great condition and are a pair so I'm sure they're worth $100 and up

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August 17, 20180 found this helpful

When the company was in business they made thousands of different tables and designs. I remember seeing some in my grandma's home at one time. When she decided to redecorate she gave them to her friend.

Just keep in mind that the value of the tables is determined by supply and demand. If you table is hard to find or has a limited number made it is worth more than the ones that they made more of. Furthermore, the value is determined by how many people are wanting or looking for these tables.

Normally you can ask $75 to $100 for the set.

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