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Determining the Value of Vintage Furniture

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July 3, 2018

We have a full dining room set that we purchased from a private owner 35 years ago. It was manufactured by Mount Airy Mantel and Table. It was purchased from Shoor Brothers Inc. out of Hartford, Connecticut. We have moved to Flordia and our children want to buy their own things.

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The pictures reflect damage to veneer on edge of table. We purchased it that way with intent to fix, but never did. The furniture needs a good cleaning and polishing, but is still a very handsome set. We would like to know value of it.

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July 4, 20180 found this helpful

Furniture, especially older furniture like yours, has very little resale value. We gave away one relatives set and will probably do the same with a second set. Keep in mind, you will have to pay someone to get it out of the house, as it is heavy furniture.

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You could try asking $500 for it. Many years ago I purchased a set that was only a few years old. It retailed for over $6,000 and I got it for $1600.

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July 4, 20180 found this helpful

Pretty pieces!!

You may want to see if this set matches yours and watch the auction to see if it sells and for how much to give you a partial value since it the table and chairs only.

www.ebay.com/.../292566343873?hash=item441e5020c1...

Right now, I see no sold auctions that match any of the pieces. Sold auctions are a great way to learn the values of things. If you are selling, you will need to factor condition into the price. Usually 15-20% less than a pristine set.

I hope this helps with starting to figure value.

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July 5, 20180 found this helpful

Old/used furniture is hard to sell, and yours is showing that it is well used. Try doing a search on "google" to find out the going price.

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Also try selling it on Craigslist or even eBay to see if a same piece is possible to sell. Or you could donate it to a thrift shop and get a tax deductible receipt.

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July 6, 20180 found this helpful

This style furniture and especially very dark wood is not very popular and very difficult to sell, even at low prices.

  • eBay is a good site to check for value of most things but this set does not happen to be one of those items.
  • Even finding sets on eBay you will find that most will not do shipping and that means the buyer would have to be in your area as it is "pick up only".
  • This limits the size of "audience" a set would get as the size and make-up of your city would have great influence on the selling value of your set. No two cities would be alike in that respect.
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  • You might try checking your local sale sites (Craigslist, IOffer, LetGo, OfferUp, 4Sale and many others) and see if anyone has anything similar (even under another name as Mount Airy Mantel and Table co is not a sought after name) listed for sale. You may have to recheck over a period of several months.
  • Considering the overall condition (judging from the pictures), the style and dark wood, I would venture to say you may have trouble selling your set for $100-$150 but that is just my opinion from seeing similar items at local auctions, estate sales and even yard sales.
  • Your city may be an entirely different clientele and people may like everything about the set.
  • You may benefit from getting an official appraisal as potential buyers like to see an appraisal and this could bring you more money and a quicker sale.
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  • Here is a link that has sites that offer free appraisals so maybe you might check one out. You will need several pictures that show chairs as well as the sideboard and style of legs - otherwise, most sites will not help you.
  • antiques.lovetoknow.com/Free_Antique_Appraisals_Online

Here is a link with a little history about the company. Some aspects of the company was eventually taken over by Bassett sometime in the 80's I think.

en.wikipedia.org/.../Mount_Airy_Mantle_and_Table_Company

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September 25, 2009

How do I find out the fair market value for my vintage furniture?

By dawn holmes from Fort Worth, TX

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September 26, 20090 found this helpful

Go to "Fair Market Value of Vintage Furniture" lot of info & picture there, good luck.

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March 29, 20160 found this helpful

When buying antique furniture, the price is always higher than when you sell it to an antique dealer. We just sold 7 antique items and didn't get anywhere near what we had originally paid for them.

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But very thankful that they are sold since the furniture would not fit in our new apartment.

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March 29, 20160 found this helpful

Dawn, go to the Montgomery Street Antique Mall and walk around for a few hours. You will find things similar to yours, plus the people who have stores there are very helpful. Take photos of your vintage furniture and see if you can get some help. They are really, really, nice there. I've done that a number of times.

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February 14, 2019

I have a 1930s highboy chest of drawers, made by American Ball Co. and designed by Russell Wright. It is blonde maple wood with rectangular pulls. It is stamped on the inside of a drawer. It is 46 in. high, 33 in.wide and 20 in.-deep. The pulls on drawers are 1/4 in.x 10 in.across. It is in excellent condition.

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February 14, 20190 found this helpful

Conant Ball closed in 1980.
According to this website a 6-drawer dresser sold for $700. www.justcollecting.com/.../conant-ball-furniture-company-information

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February 14, 20190 found this helpful

These are neat pieces!! You are lucky to have something that has held its value!!

Online I have seen exact pieces like this selling between 100 and 1,200 dollars. Why the huge range? The lower price are where people (individuals) sold it on sites like PicClick or LetGo or Facebook Marketplace. The high prices are SOLD prices from auction houses around the country.

You would do best selling this through a vintage store/antique dealer (even though it is not a true antique). You will get more for it that way (at least where I am that is the case). Most people will not pay big bucks for famous designer furniture when Jane Smith sells it, but if Jane Smith Antique Boutique on FUFU street sells it in the city, they pay it!

You will get a percentage of the sale, but it will still be more than you would fetch selling it yourself.

These are classic pieces that will last a lifetime!!

Post back where you are located and how much it fetches for you!!

Thanks for sharing this classic!!!

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February 6, 2019

Is this table worth as much as the one I found like it online? That one was a Duncan Phyfe and Craddock drop leaf table. I found this one disassembled near a dumpster at a shop downtown. It has four leaves and also drops on both ends. Could someone tell me if it worth anything?

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February 6, 20190 found this helpful

Look underneath and on the back for identifying markings. It could be a knockoff

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February 8, 20190 found this helpful

Hi,

I think you table looks like the Duncan Phyfe Solid Wood Drop Leaf Table on ebay at this link:

www.ebay.com/.../183029885764

I love the legs on the table that have claws on them :)

Blessings,

Robyn

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October 23, 2018

What age is this bedroom set and how much is it worth?. I was told it is something like Princess furniture and was told hand made in Europe. I has glass inlay all over the furniture.

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October 23, 20180 found this helpful

I would take these to a furniture dealer and see what s/he says. I don't know if there is much of a market for this furniture anymore.

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October 23, 20180 found this helpful

Cool! I haven't seen pieces like this in years! My one friend had similar style furniture in her living room. I am from a small town and this was considered "hot stuff" when we were little. Needless to say, we were NEVER, EVER allowed to even step foot into that room, so we would gawk at it from the foyer and move on to the family room furniture in kid friendly stuff.

I have heard them called a number of different things...from, like you said, princess style, to Cinderella style, to luxury European style, to palace style. There may even be other names that are common in other parts of the country.

Surprisingly, there is still a market for this in some places...which I will describe below.

Now learning the year and the history may be a challenge for the average bear, so you may want to take it to an antique dealer (or several as I can almost guarantee there will be some that have never seen these in person).

There should be markings somewhere--which would help figure it all out (like under a drawer, on the back, under the bottom of a piece, etc.) Hopefully they were burned in and not affixed on and fell off.

You will need to know as much as you can tell the antique dealer...like how long have you had it in the family, did you have family that brought it from Europe, if so where, etc.

Now if it is something you bought second hand, there is always a risk that the pieces are reproductions of pieces from a famous designer and while that does not necessarily make them "worthless", may not be worth what they would be if they were from big furniture designer (like a true Thomas Chippandale--which this clearly is NOT the style, but just as reference to a big name maker.)

Looking at the pieces also will help you gauge their age, like to they have dovetail drawers, are there nails or screws, what kind of nails or screws, etc. Is there plywood or (G-d forbid) particle board drawer bottoms (if it is the latter, it is clearly newer).

There are a million sites on Google that tell you all about how to age and date furniture. If you are so inclined, the info out there is fascinating! I won't bore you with all the details unless you ask :)

So if you are asking all of this because you want to sell them, there are also some challenges, but it will be helpful to know that if you look on eBay there are KING size beds/bedroom furniture of this genre and living room furniture of the genre that are fetching big bucks:

www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=european+luxury...

Now the selling challenges are:

1. You have two twins (it looks like) and these are a challenge as someone may only want one or they want a king or queen size, so you may have to break up the pieces to sell separately...depending on how you go about trying to sell

2. You will probably not in any quick time, find an exact match to help you value your pieces on your own (so you probably will need an expert to help you). My go to for valuing items is eBay sold, WorthPoint and several other big auction houses online that post their sold prices. I NEVER use asking prices to value, only sold as that tells me what someone actually PAID for an item!

A suggestion is when you take them to an expert you can talk about insurance value vs. retail value--(insurance is always higher than retail). That can give you starting points to sell.

3. These are big pieces and take up space that you probably want back, so eBay or anyway you have to ship are probably out of the question. Perhaps an auction house or consignment shop or dealer would sell them for you...which would reduce your profits, but save you headaches in the long run.

Please post back what you learn about the pieces!! They took me back to very fond memories of my friend's house...so thank you for sharing!!

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April 22, 2018

I have 2 chairs that I cannot identify the era or find any information on. I am no expert, but I have been fumbling around on the internet and am no closer than when I started.

Any interest in providing information is appreciated.

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April 23, 20180 found this helpful

Without identifying marks, it will be hard. You might want to take one of the chairs to a dealer and get an appraisal.

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June 6, 2016

I have a Henkel Harris tea table I am trying to sell. I don't know what the value is. It is a mahogany table cherry wood. Also, where is a good place to list antique items? We are moving and have a number of items to sell. Thanks!

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August 4, 20170 found this helpful

I found a table a little fancier than yours on eBay. They are asking $445.

m.ebay.com/.../322611939686?hash=item4b1d2b8966...

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March 20, 2016

I am trying to find the best price on this table. I know it is old, but can't find it anywhere. Suggestions?

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September 11, 20170 found this helpful

First off you are going to have to help us identify this table. I have a guide I have looked up to help you identify the marking on the table. We will need this in order to help you find the best price for this table. Please refer to this guide to help you locate the table's markings. After this add a comment so we can help you search further.
home.howstuffworks.com/.../how-to-identify-antique-wooden-furniture...

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