Value of an Antique Buffet

I recently came across an antique walnut server buffet made by Georgetown Galleries. I am not sure if it's helpful to know that it's from Lot 757 3033. I'm new to any of this and not sure if that has any indication or not of time built or not. I think it's from 1900-1950 era. It's 32" high 34" long and 17" deep. The felt like piece is no longer in the serving drawer. It's in good condition but has 2 small nicks in it. I am wondering: 1. What it's worth 2. should I refinish it with paint or does it lose it's value then completely. Thank you.
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September 13, 20180 found this helpful

Some of their buffets are asking over $1500. Go to eBay and look frequently over a period of weeks to see what the sales price is.

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September 13, 20180 found this helpful

Really lovely piece!

Here is a little history on the company:

www.herald-dispatch.com/.../article_003e6f51-b919-5392-8b20-8d477b65c323...

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Your piece is most likely from July 1957 based on their numbers. I can't confirm that with out a little more time. It has the mid century modern mcm look that was so popular in that era with the clean lines.

Larger pieces like yours are selling in the $700 range. I can't find any comparable ones to yours sold anywhere today. That could change in 5 minutes the way today's market is. My guess is between 5-700 but with out an actual sold value it is a guess. Sometimes the smaller pieces Garner more than the larger ones because people find them more versatile this desirable thus value goes up!

I only gauge value based on what someone actually paid for the item. You can look on eBay and the big online furniture actions every few days to find a sold price for your exact sideboard/buffet and that will be today's value.

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I would not paint it if you are planning to sell it. If you are planning to love it, then why not as the value would be in the love!

This company built sturdy furniture designed to be used and loved so I hope you enjoy your piece! It is sweet!!

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September 13, 20180 found this helpful

PS. If it is from the 50s it is technically not an antique, but would be vintage! If you can confirm the year it would be a true mcm piece. If you were selling I would focus on the mcm style.

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September 13, 20180 found this helpful

I wish I knew how to find out year. Ive tried googling and cant find. What does Mcm mean? Im so new to this

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September 13, 20180 found this helpful

I found out mcm means mid century modern. :)

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September 14, 20180 found this helpful

I am so sorry....I was typing late last night and didn't spell out MCM. Glad you were able to figure it out (red face here...sorry).

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This wiki explains the mid century modern look:

en.wikipedia.org/.../Mid-century_modern

Here is an article about why it is popular:

www.apartmenttherapy.com/why-is-mid-century-modern-furniture...

If you are familiar with Frank Lloyd Wright, most of his furniture and his amazing (near to me) Fallingwater home is the classic MCM look and feel. If you ever get a chance to get to this site and tour it it is well worth the drive! I fell in love with Fallingwater many years ago and it sparked my research on the MCM movement.

Here is a link to Fallingwater:

www.fallingwater.org/

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September 14, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you so much for the advice and information

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September 14, 20180 found this helpful

Any time!!!

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September 14, 20180 found this helpful

Your buffet is somewhat a mystery to me as in all my previous research I have never seen or heard of Georgetown Galleries ever using any type of wood but mahogany and cherry and it looks like your piece says walnut..

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  • Recent searches do show some different finishes but I did not see one that said anything other than solid mahogany or cherry mahogany so, as I said, this really makes me curious.
  • Also, It is very difficult to find a "modern" style such as your buffet as they specialized in the fancier styles that were so popular in the 30-50.
  • It is for sure that your piece was made after 1946 (name change) and before 1962 as that is when they shut down their factory and went bankrupt in 1963.
  • cabellcountydoorstothepast.com/.../Georgetown%20Galleries.htm
  • Looking at asking/listing prices see a run from $300-$2500 and maybe more but since I have been unable to find even one piece with any similarity to yours I would not venture to quote any price value.
  • On auction sites some of the really nice buffets have sold for under $200 (some under $100) but all of these were from 2016/2017 and did not include shipping charges. All of these were of the fancier ornate styles.
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  • You can check recent sales on eBay but all you will see is mahogany and most will be pick up only.
  • www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=georgetown...
  • I believe you should try to find out more about your buffet before doing any type of refinishing just in case it would be best to just clean it up.
  • If you ask for an appraisal you may find out a lot of about your buffet as well as maybe an insurance value. Here is a site that has links for free appraisals. You will need good pictures.
  • dealers.antiquesnavigator.com/.../
  • www.whatsellsbest.com/.../antiques.html
  • Here is a link to Barnaby's but they charge $17 for their appraisal (usually well worth it).
  • www.barnebys.com/.../
  • If you are lucky and find someone that can help you, please post back and share your information.
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