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

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