Value of a Vintage Sideboard?

Sideboards, also known as buffets, are pieces of furniture designed to be used in a dining room to store, linens and flatware. Trying to determine the value of a piece that you either inherited or purchased will require some research. Markings on the back of the piece or knowing the history will help. It may require a professional for a valid appraisal.


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Does anyone know a little bit more about this furniture, such as the age and value? It was left in my parents house by the previous owners. It may be WWII vintage, but I am not sure.


April 12, 20200 found this helpful
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Please get this reviewed by a professional appraiser! You may have an Italian or French antique of value here. Jacobean style feet, interesting gothic relief on the front. It is probably a reproduction of a 1600s-1700s piece, but it is curious enough that I would want an expert to tell you if it is original piece, repro from the late 19th or very early 20th century or the 1960s.


Obviously the age will impact value as will condition and the market volitility in general. I am so excited to hear what an expert tells you. This is a fascinating piece. The feet in themselves are awesome!!!! Very unusual!

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April 13, 20200 found this helpful
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Interesting piece.
Looks like a combination of styles.
An appraisal would be good but expensive unless you can take pictures to a couple of antiques shops to see if they can give you any information.
You might want to try some free online appraisers as they're pretty good and usually provide a lot of information as well as 'insurance' value and provide info on auction sites if it is valuable.

Check several of these out - you will need several good pictures - front, back, sides, feet, close up front, top and inside pictures and measurements. They will want to know everything you can tell them about age - how long you've known about.


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September 6, 2019

Was wondering how much, possibly where it was made and is it worth restoring the glass on doors. I think it is from the 1930-40s it was given to my parents when I was a child from an older man who is passed away now.



September 6, 20190 found this helpful

Look on the back, underneath and in the drawers for identifying markings. It will be much easier to get the age and the value if you know this.

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September 7, 20190 found this helpful

Thankyou will do when I get home and take pictures

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September 8, 20190 found this helpful

This is a really pretty craftsman style piece. I am not sure the stained glass is original...for some reason it looks too new for the piece, but I could be wrong.


Can you tell if the drawers are dovetailed or nailed/screwed together?

That will help date the piece.

How long and tall is it?

Is some of the stained glass on the left broken?

Is the mirror in nice shape or does it need re-silvered?

Are you in the US and if so, what state, or if you are not in the US where are you located (country/city).

Values are regional and dependent on having a lot more info (see above).

If you have an antique dealer in your town,you could do one stop shipping and have them ID, value, and see if they will sell it for you. You will get a percentage of sale, but often that is the best way to sell something like this that is so large.

Post back with more info and I can see if I can give you any other guidance. Thanks!

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September 8, 20190 found this helpful

Perhaps you can have an antique dealer appraise it for you, or take a stroll through an antique mall and see if anything looks similar.


I have a vintage buffet that I think is Federal style. I believe one of my uncles bought it for my grandparents in the late 40s/early 50s.

I told a friend of mine who used to own an antique shop that I wanted to chalk paint it, and she said I shouldn't or I'd ruin the "antique" value. (IMO, it's not an antique--just old, and they were factory-made by the hundreds.)

Okay, I said, how much is it worth? $150 she said.

Sorry, but it's not worth $150 to me to keep a piece I don't like in the off chance that my great-grandchildren will think it's an antique, so I chalk-painted it Paris Grey. My son got me the granite top, which means I can put wet or hot things on it if necessary without worrying about ruining the finish. I painted over the drawer pulls.

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