Value of a Dining Table and Chairs

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September 20, 20180 found this helpful

Look under the table and chairs for markings. It is very hard to determine value if you dont know who made the set.

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September 21, 20180 found this helpful

There is no markings anywhere on the table or chairs top or bottom

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September 20, 20180 found this helpful

Your table is very pretty.

If you find no markings (sometimes they are on the sliding place where the leaf opens) on it and are trying to sell it, I suggest first trying to figure out how old it is.

This is a nice article on how to figure out the age of a piece of furniture:

www.thesprucecrafts.com/determine-the-age-of-antique-furniture...

I can tell you that many companies throughout the years made these harp back style chairs and tables with the trinity feet (three legs). Some (like the set I used to have that was my grandmothers, were from the 20s, some are reproductions of the old pieces....so knowing the age is helpful to advertise it correctly.

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If you are trying to sell, look at eBay sold auctions for similar pieces. Usually I say EXACT pieces...but in this case, you may not find an exact piece because the chairs may have been reupholstered many times or a table leaf may have been lost, etc. You want to find one as close as you can to yours...but it needs to be a set that SOLD, not one that is still up for sale. Sold gives you today's market value.


I was just out on eBay and did a search "Mahogany harp back" and there are a lot of auctions, none of which sold...which confirms what I have been experiencing in the past few months with an estate I am trying to close... that selling large sets like this is hard and people (at least in my area) are not making big purcahses.

Here is a link to what I see (none of the sets look exactly or even close to yours):

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www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=mahogany...

I will tell you that selling furniture on eBay is a nightmare. Selling them on places like Facebook and Nextdoor is slightly easier, but selling prices are always much lower than online prices. You could do eBay for pick up only--but often times people don't read the ad and bid on things and they are not able to pick it up, then they get mad and it causes a ton of needless work....because people just can't read or don't pay attention (sorry for the sidebar).

There is a food chain to selling second hand furniture and people at the Facebook and Next Door level are always looking for bargains.

You could also go the antique/consignment store route. That will get you much better exposure and probably a higher price, but you will share the profits with the seller.

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When you learn more, let me know what you find and I can see if I can give you other hints and tips!

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September 21, 20180 found this helpful

I talked to a antique store owner and showed her the pictures and she is convinced that it is a duncan phyfe dining table set from the 1940's to 1950's. I am looking to sell the set also I just don't have room for it

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September 21, 20180 found this helpful

Did she think it is an ACTUAL Duncan Phyfe or in the style of (both are real things)

This article explains it much better than I can:

www.hunker.com/.../how-to-identify-a-duncan-phyfe-table

If it is a REAL DF piece you may fetch more for it, but you would have to have a lot of documentation to prove it. Otherwise, you are safer calling it DF style.

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You can use this sold listing of auctions to help you understand what you have and how you can price it:

www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=duncan...

Be very careful when selling not to mislead the buyers. When I was first into buying antiques this happened to me....I was told the piece was a rare so and so piece and I paid a nice sum for it. What did I know, I was 20 something...years later I figured out it was a piece that was a reproduction of a so and so...and sold in cheap furniture stores for under 10.00 (at the time that was a lot). Live and learn!!

Good luck with your sale!

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September 23, 20180 found this helpful

The lady I talked to told me that she is positive that its a 1940's to 1950's era Duncan phyfe. She said it's not the "real deal" Duncan phyfe but it's still a real Duncan phyfe

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September 23, 20180 found this helpful

For what my two cents are worth, when you advertise it, I would suggest advertising it as a Duncan phyfe style table and the approx years. People get very angry if they come to look at something and expect documentations showing it is a brand and find it is is the style.

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Just trying to save you an ear beating. Good luck with your sale!! Let me know how it goes!

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