Value of an Antique Tilt Top Table?

The tilt top on antique and newer tables allows you to fold the top down when the table is not in use. There are many of these pedestal tables out there with varying values based on condition, manufacturer, style, etc. Determining the value can be a bit of a task.


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I have a beautiful antique tilt top table I'm looking to sell, but have no idea what the value is. Does anyone have some insight they would be willing to share with me? I would really appreciate it!


August 13, 20181 found this helpful
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Wow! It is a beautiful piece! Is there a maker mark on the underside?

Do you know the age? You said antique, which to me means it is at least 100 years old (so from 1918 or before).

Do you know the wood type? It is hard to tell if it is a walnut or a mahogany or even oak with a different stain.


All of these factors affect the value--as if you look online at sold auctions they can range in price from around $30 into the low thousands if it has significant provenance.

It is pretty and seems to be in nice shape...usually the more ornate patterns fetch a little more, and this one has nice floral carvings. The edge appears to be a pie crust edge (meaning fluted) although at the angle, it may just have a raised edge (not the actual fluting like a pie has if done up fancy.

If there is no markers mark on it, I would suggest either going to Google images and describing and looking for an EXACT match and then seeing if it was sold at an auction house and for how much OR taking the name and plugging it into eBays SOLD section and seeing what comes up.

Value is based on current market price--meaning what an item sells for (I use selling price plus shipping because that is what the person pays)--although most big pieces are local pick up only because shipping is a nightmare.


Never use asking price to determine a value because that only tells you what the seller thinks it is worth...SOLD price tells you what someone actually paid--value.

Value is different than profit if you sell online or to a consignment store, you may sell for 100, but profit less than 50 after fees or commissions.

I wish I could help more, but there are no exact matches on ebay at the moment based on photos...if you don't find a match first time out, check back to eBay or Google images every few days as the market is very fluid and changes almost daily.

It is a lovely piece! Maybe someone else here will recognize it immediately and be able to give you an EXACT market value! Thanks for sharing it!

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August 13, 20181 found this helpful
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I seriously doubt that you will find an exact match to your table as there are hundreds of tables shown on Google, Pinterest, eBay, Etsy and many other sites and it is rare to see two of the same antique or vintage table. You could get lucky and find a picture of your table but that would not give you any indication of true value.


  • Without extensive knowledge of antique or vintage furniture it will be difficult to determine any type of value for your table.
  • There does not appear to be any markings but that is not unusual as many of the antique furniture did not have real markings but sometimes knowledgeable people know how to determine who made what and when.
  • It is possible that your table is just vintage and not a true antique as it appears (to me) the tilt mechanism is more modern than most of the antiques I have looked at.
  • Your table looks to be in excellent condition so that is a good selling point and tilt-top tables are always popular.
  • These tables have been called by several names;
  • tea tables, dessert tables, tilt-top tables, flip-top tables, breakfast tables (used in bedrooms).
  • If you research these tables you will find the asking prices range from $100 to over $12,000 and yours could fall anywhere in between.
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  • My guess (which is only based on what I have seen) is your table would be valued at $400 to $900 but when it would sell is an unknown as most furniture pieces are slow sellers.
  • Also, shipping is usually expensive so you would mostly be trying to sell within your immediate area.
  • If this were my table I would try and get an appraisal (or 2 or 3) so I could find out what it really is worth.
  • Here is a site that has free appraisals so think about this:
  • Here is a link to Barneby's site but they charge $17 but it is usually money well spent when looking at an item like yours.
  • Good luck

You can check some of these sites for similar tables:

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March 19, 2020

I would like to sell these tables, but I don't know the value of them. I need some help.


March 20, 20200 found this helpful
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Unfortunately the photos are not enough to give me enough info to give you the most accurate values. There are so many variables like the type of feet, the tilt mechanism, and condition that are going to play into value.


Also, do you know their approximate age...there are repros of these style of pieces so it is helpful to know if they are truly old or if there is a chance that they could have come from Home Goods made last week or even Bombay furniture made in the 1980s, vs. an early 1920s-1940s piece. These factors all contribute to value.

The little I can see on the tilt table is it appears to have some condition issues so that is going to affect what you can ask for it in any market whether it is new or old it will drive the final price down.

The two tier table I can't make out any of the features so I can't gauge condition or age at all.

I can offer some general info for you until I can see better photos--of the pieces full on, the undersides, and the feet close up for example. Also, one more question, where are you located? That will be helpful to know because furniture sales are regional.

General info...Furniture sales are supply and demand based. If you are in a high supply, low demand area the values are driven down. Low supply, high demand increases prices.

Condition is everything so even a small amount of damage can lower prices significantly unless the item is so rare that a collector must have it.

Where I am both types of tables (if they are truly older pieces) are plentiful, so condition would be a huge factor since I would be competing against pristine pieces in the market.

Age is not necessarily going to make it more valuable...there are some newer pieces that people want....which is why knowing its history is important.

Last thing is not matter what the value, right now is not the time to try to sell them. People are in desperate times right now in most parts of the world and money is very tight and people are in lock down and self preservation mode. Even someone who would desperately love to have this piece may not be able to buy it because they have no money or are on lock down.

Now is the time to gather info and set values and hold the piece to sell when the world settles.

Post back with more info and hopefully I can guide you in the right direction! Stay safe out there!

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May 17, 2019

What is the value of an antique tilt table? It's marked 127 on bottom. I know that because I am refinishing it.


May 17, 20190 found this helpful

127 is not enough information. You need to know who manufactured it. It is a pretty table and in good condition. I would consult a dealer.

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