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Value of Vintage Bassett Furniture?

Value of a Vintage Bassett Dresser
Founded in 1902, Bassett Furniture is one of the oldest furniture manufacturers in Virginia. This long production history means that there are a lot of pieces out there in the marketplace. The value of most vintage furniture including pieces from Bassett is dependent on considerations such as age, rarity, demand, and condition.
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December 8, 2020

I found this Bassett piece at a local Goodwill, but I can't find another like it online anywhere. I was just wondering when it could have possibly been made.

A low wooden table with drawers.
 
A low wooden table with drawers.
 
A low wooden table with drawers.
 

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December 16, 20201 found this helpful
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Thanks for the logo. That logo was used from the 1960s on.

www.fundinguniverse.com/.../

Based on the legs and gingerbready style--I would place it mid to late 1960 up to the early 1980s before country style took over.

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There are lots of Bassett catalogs online so I will keep searching to find an exact match and will post back if I locate it!

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April 2, 2021

I bought this dresser from a yard sale site here in New Orleans. I found the Bassett tag inside a drawer. The man said he bought it for his daughter when she was young and she is over 50 years old now.

About what age is it and what is it worth? Thank you!

A white Bassett dresser.
 
The marking for the Bassett Furniture company.
 

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April 10, 20210 found this helpful
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Is there a model number under the drawers or on the back. Sometimes I can find the original advertisements but I usually need the model name or number.

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This style waxed and waned in popularity from around 1955 through 1985, so it is important to have more details to pinpoint the exact year.

It also appears yours was not originally white as I don't remember (but I could be wrong) a piece that had a brown top and white body. I am guessing it was all dark wood to start. Is that a correct assessment or is the picture misleading?

The one on Etsy could be a high starting point--but that appears not to be a completed sale and also it is appears to be redone, not original colors as even if it was originally all "antique white" this color now is not that color, so you are not comparing apples to apples.

This provincial style is popular along the east cost of the US and that is where it fetches the most money. In most other places it does not sell for nearly as much as you will see in beachy towns.

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Where are you located? In these coastal sales people advertise it as cottage chic or shabby chic.

Yours has come condition issues which will impact the final selling value. You can always start high and take best offer, no matter where you are located!

Post back how your sale goes. I love to trend values around the country as they change daily! Thanks for sharing!

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April 15, 20211 found this helpful
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Your Bassett dresser has short cabriole legs along with smooth and elaborate curves, which is a distinctive feature of the French provincial furniture style. French provincial furniture was originated in the 17th and 18th century in the provincial towns of France such as Lyon, Liege, Blois, Orleans and in the countryside of Bordeaux and Normandy. This furniture features a mix of styles from both Parisian and Royal style of furniture. Inlay works and wood carvings do not figure much in this style like, unlike French royal furniture style. White was the common color used on the pieces of the French provincial style furniture along with different shades of gray and light tones such as sky blue, light green, light pink, silver, beige and many others.

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Bassett made dressers of this style not only in light colors, but also unpainted - the colors of natural wood. It seems to me that your dresser was updated (painted) like here www.forloveofthepaint.com/.../before-and-after-vintage-bassett...
So you have vintage Mid-Century era French Provincial style dresser made by Bassett Furniture.
At the back, if there is no paint because updating, you will find a serial number, type of wood and the name of the line like here www.chairish.com/.../versailles-vintage-french-provincial.... The first digits are going to be your collection and the following digits after the dash will denote the item type.
The price is about $600-700 furnishgreen.com/.../

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August 16, 2021

Found this dresser at a garage sale for $60. How old is this? What is it worth? I cant find anything online about this dresser. It's like it doesn't exist

A Bassett dresser with an ornate front.
 
The Bassett logo inside a drawer.
 
Information on the back of a Bassett dresser.
 

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February 4, 2021

I am trying to decide whether to sell or keep this Basset furniture chest. It's on the smaller size. Anyone have any idea as to the age, or value or style?A chest of drawers with ornate metal handles.

 

The side of a drawer, showing the construction.
 
Markings on the back of a Bassett chest of drawers.
 
The Bassett seal inside a drawer.
 

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February 5, 20211 found this helpful
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www.bidnow.us/.../273649

The piece sold in 8/2020 for 89.00. That would be about right for most locations.

I am attaching a photo of it in its original glory from 1969.

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The piece is from what they are calling a Safari Oak Spanish style. Not sure how Safari and Spanish go together...but someone in the 1969 Mad Man Marketing world must have thought it so...

Post back how your sale goes!

 
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February 6, 20210 found this helpful
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Sold it this morning for $100. In Mobile Al we dont get top prices generally for our vintage furniture so I guess a bird in the hand..etc...Thanks..how in the word did you locate this ad? I found absolutely zero when i googled..

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June 23, 2020

Is this a rare find? My husband and I received this piece from his dad. It's almost 4 feet in length and has beautiful fruit painted on it.

I can't seem to find anything like it, but I know it's a Bassett. Any ideas on its value?

A three part panel with mirror in center and fruit painted on the other two
 

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You are right I can't seem to find one either. If you can not find any markings on the back of the panel it makes it a bit more difficult to narrow down and identify the panel. If you are keeping this and need to understand the price to put it on your insurance I would seek the help of an antique dealer in your area. They can give you the value of the item so you can send it to your insurance company. It is a nice piece and if you have room in your home for this panel it would be a nice piece to display and keep. it is very unusual and unique and would make a good conversational piece for sure.

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Can you please show the Bassett marking? It is Bassett furniture or mirror? The furniture company separated in the 1950s or 1960s when they sold off the mirror division to a separate company.

What does the back look like?

This has me fascinated as I am not sure if this is a Franken-piece--where someone cut the front off a sideboard or breakfront or dresser and turned it into hanging or if this was a custom piece Bassett made for a person or a store or maybe to decorate an office or if it really was just something sold as is. I love a good furniture mystery!!

Bassett (both furniture and mirrors) were pretty prolific manufactures so when I see something unusual like this I lean toward custom piece or Franken-piece.

You could, as cybergrannie suggested, call the companies and ask.

1.877.525.7070 - Furniture and Home Decor

276-629-3341 -- Mirror company

The original Bassett started around the turn of the 1900s and then they sold off the mirror division much later. The style looks late 1930s-1940s when painted furniture with floral motifs were popular in the US, but that was copying old French, Italian and Oriental styles...so it is possible it could be older.

Things that have me puzzled are:

1. The brown background looks very streaky--like it was painted or hand stained--but it is hard to tell if that is what I am seeing or just a product of the photograph. Often when I see this kind of streaky--it is a Franken piece.

2. The mirror looks very new (not turn of the century or even 1950s) so I am wondering about that...of course it could be a replacement mirror done at any time in the piece's life.

3. The stenciling looks a bit on the amateur side (to me) as it looks like the stencil was flipped so you have mirror images vs. both being identical. Usually stenciling like this or painting was done with each side being identical.

Are antique/vintage stores open where you are? You may be best served by taking it in and having someone look at it and touch it to tell you exactly what you have.

One last suggestion that may get you a faster answer is there are some Basset furniture Facebook groups. Maybe someone on those site can tell you more.

Thanks for sharing! Please post back what you learn! I am so intrigued.

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August 16, 2021

My husband's grandmother's dining room set. Any idea of year of design and current value? Solid and good condition.

Finish is banged up a little on the lower legs.

A wooden dining room set.
 
A matching china cabinet.
 
A cabinet for a dining room.
 
A wooden chair with a covered fabric seat.
 
The Bassett marking inside a drawer.
 
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March 30, 2022

I was wondering the year and the value of a dresser like this? The model number is 295-17-211 and I'm curious what is the stamp age?

I've seen some that are stamped in the wood, I was wandering which style is older?

A vingage Bassett dresser with a mirror.
 
The Bassett logo inside a dresser.
 
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May 20, 2021

Hello, recently my grandmother passed away and I was left some furniture and have not been able to find this Bassett dresser. Does anyone know by chance what era and type of dresser this is? Unfortunately I am moving and don't have space but would like to know a roundabout value before I look to let go.

It is missing a handle on the second drawer in the middle. Thank you in advance.

An old fashioned dresser with many drawers.
 
The Bassett makers mark inside a drawer.
 
The numbers on the back of a dresser.
 

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May 20, 20210 found this helpful
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This can be described as a mid century modern "blonde" finish Bassett dresser. Please find a similar item priced at $510 US at tinyurl.com/2mse6vrf. I tried to find a replacement drawer pull for you, with no luck -- I think if you can find one "good enough" it will increase the value a bit.

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May 20, 20210 found this helpful
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Your dresser is usually called a mid century.
Furniture is not always a fast seller so if you're looking to sell quickly you'll probably have to list it at a lower price.
Since this will be 'pick up only' you'll have to feel your area out to see if anyone is interested in this type of furniture.
The missing pull will be a factor if someone is looking to buy it because it is a vintage Bassett. You are also missing the mirror and you did not state anything about the condition.

You can always start your listing at a higher price, accept offers and lower the price if no one makes an offer.
You could list it on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, OfferUp, etc

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May 21, 2021

I found this beauty recently and I can't seem to find any comparisons online except for one that was listed for $2,200 in almost perfect condition. I believe it is solid mahogany. Bassett company branded inside top drawer as well as a Curtis brothers label on the other side.

I was curious to know how much it was worth or if anyone could date it for me? Any information is much appreciated. Thank you very much

A Mahogany Bow Front Chest of Drawers.
 
The open drawer on the top.
 
The markings on the back of a dresser.
 
A Curtis Brothers label on the back of a dresser.
 
A Bassett Furniture makers mark inside the chest of drawers.
 
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December 18, 2019

Is this aBassett 6 drawer highboy style chest of drawers. It has a cherry finish and a pediment top. It measures 37" wide x 19" deep x 76" high.

Is This a Bassett 6 Drawer Highboy?
 

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December 18, 20190 found this helpful
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I can not find a single Bassett 6 drawer highboy online that has the top on it like yours has. I did find one dresser that has the exact same handles on it that yours does. This one was from the Eden House Collections and it was a Cherry Double Dresser. I checked more than one place who has Bassett dressers listed and not a single site I checked that has the top on the highboy like you do. You should check on the bottom or back of the dresser for a label. This one should help.

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December 18, 20190 found this helpful
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Bassett is still in business, so maybe call them and see if you can email them a photo. Their number is 1.877.525.7070.

Have you checked for a mark in the drawers (either on the drawer itself--inside or outside or in the drawer well?

Ethan Allen and Pennsylvania House made pieces that look just like yours, but they are marked as above.

There were store brands that made these pieces, those were often unmarked or had paper tags that fell off along the way.

Post back what you learn! Thanks for sharing!

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