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Value of an Antique Bedroom Set?

Value of an Antique Bedroom Set - tall dresser with mirror on topThis is a 4 piece set my grandma bought back in the 60s from an auction. I have no idea about its value. How can I set a price on it for sale?

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This appears to be a really nice bedroom set but if you cannot find any markings on the backs or inside the drawers it will be very difficult for any llay person to do research.
Someone may be able to give you an approximate age or design but value would be almost impossible as value is determine by current sales and it is doubtful anyone can find even one piece like yours as furniture like this is usually sold at auctions designed for pieces like this.

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It's for sure it would have to be seen by people who have room for these large pieces as well as a desire to own them.
I can only suggest you take pictures to any local antique shops and see if anyone can give you information.

There are several online sites that give free appraisals for items like this and they have access to auctions all over the country and also have knowledge about furniture brands that have no markings.
You will have to send good pictures as well as any information (years) of provenance including cities and where it might have been purchased. Send info to several as they will give you information and also addresses of auction sites that you may want to take your set.

www.whatsellsbest.com/.../antiques.html

www.pbs.org/.../

antiques.lovetoknow.com/Free_Antique_Appraisals_Online

www.whatsellsbest.com/.../all.html

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Are you planning to sell them on your own? If so, then I would ask around to several reputable dealers how much it would cost to by a grouping like this. That would be retail and you would get much less at a private sale. It would give you a starting point.

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This appears to be an Arts and crafts style chifferobe, dressers, twin? Bed frame. I am thinking it's 1930-1950s. Condition that look to be in fair to just below fair condition. Not sure if it is burled wood. Hard to tell from photo. Maybe burled oak or elm?

Furniture sales are very regional and where you are, pieces like these could fetch more or less than where I am. There is a huge supply of pieces like this in Pittsburgh and since the demand is low, and supplies high, that drives prices down. Where you are it could be the total opposite.

Condition is everything too and I see a missing mirror (most likely) on the chifferobe and the mirror on the dresser either had mildew or needs resilvering. There are also dings on the wood. Do you have the keys or are the locks just ornamental? Keyed locks with keys always adds value.

I would sell the pieces individually or have a dealer sell it for you. Selling on your own can be challenging. Besides the regional pricing challenge, you have to have a way to get it to the new buyer and most people don't have a truck. Plus it is heavy and they need help and will want you to help. It is such a pain to have people traipsing in and out if your house, if they even show.

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As a long term reseller, I always leave furniture sales to a shop. I get less, but in the long run, I find that it is so much less of a hassle. Plus I don't have to negotiate or deal with delivery.

Post back what you learn from the dealers! Thanks for sharing!

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March 12, 20200 found this helpful

This is a lovely piece, need more info, maker, serial numbers, item numbers. You could show your pictures to a antiques dealer/appraiser. They have more knowledge of your piece, giving you the origin/make and value of the piece!

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Sets like this are so hard to give you an estimate on and without a brand name or maker information it makes it even harder. I know you are looking for some information about the pieces of furniture and it is almost impossible to search for them online.

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The only real way to find out more information is by seeking the help of an antique dealer in your area. They have the knowledge needed to identify the pieces and tell you a bit of history and also a value for your area.

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March 15, 20200 found this helpful

I'm sure, even without looking around for a pedigree or brand, just judging by how nice it is and its functionality, that you could get at least $300 from selling it at the typical sorts of places.

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