Antique Oak Victorian Side by Side

Richard asks:

Please appraise this for me.

Antique Oak Side by Side

Side by Side Secretary/desk unit next to china closet

Antique Oak Victorian Side by Side

AW says: This is an antique “side by side” as they are most commonly called in the trade. It was probably sold as Oak, but much of what was, was actually elm, a sister wood whose grain was almost identical to oak.

This has applied carving and a pressed design. The applied carving was an automation process that gave wood pieces a hand carved look, but from pieces that were previously machine carved, then applied to the piece later.

The “pressed ” design that is most evident on the front of the drop front desk in this unit was heavily stamped into the piece of wood by a large punch.

There are paw feet in the front which help the value. As does the beautiful beveled glass mirror. But there is door to the china closet side that is missing. This will lower the value.

These antique oak victorian side by sides were popular in the sears catalogs during the turn of the 20th century, and came in quite a few different versions.

Retail value with door missing: $325

Wholesale value: $175

Victorian Bedroom Suite

Trina asks:

Please appraise this Victorian bedroom suite.

victorian bedroom suite bed victorian bedroom suite dresser








Victorian Bedroom Suite

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AW says: This is a circe late 1800s bedroom suite.┬áThe wood used looks to be black walnut veneer. ┬áThis ornate set was a pricey combo in it’s day. The black walnut veneer was used to enhance aesthetics as was the rose or plum marble top.

The mirror has it’s original beveled glass and the chest of drawers looks to have all of it’s original pulls.

The bed, no doubt is a 3/4 size as most beds of this era were and that hurts value a bit.

Retail value for the set: $550

Wholesale Value: $250


  • Gothic
  • Victorian
  • chest of drawers
  • dresser
  • 3/4 size bed