Antique Oak Commode Chest

Antique Oak Commode Chest

Antique oak commode chest

Antique oak commode chests like this were a staple in American homes. They were mainly found in hallways, but sometimes bedrooms. The door on the right was to hold a chamber pot, thus the nickname commode.

The one pictured above, is from the turn of the 20th century, and is made with solid oak. This example is in excellent condition with no breaks or major damage.

The design is made by a process called spoon carving, a process where a scoop type chisel was used to carve out a pattern.

These chests are still useful today because of there small size, attractive look and no-nonsense storage ability. These, like many other pieces of antique oak furniture, have dropped in price quite a bit. This is due to several factors, the biggest being the trend towards mid-century style furniture.

Retail value: $195

Wholesale value: $75

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Arts & Crafts Vase

Arts & Crafts Vase

 Arts & Crafts Vase

Is Art & Crafts vase an un-marked Grueby piece? It appears so. Let’s look at the clues. It certainly has that Grueby green slightly rough appearance. The tin glaze in certainly the right shade. The squat, perfect form is in line with a pure period piece.

The jury, (an auction audience) certainly thought it was a Grueby vase, because even though there was no definitive nomenclature, it sold for over $300 to a re-seller.

This piece is circa early 20th century. It’s about 3″ high by 8″ at the widest and other than wear, it’s in excellent condition.

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Retail value: $650

Wholesale value: $350

Lane Cedar Chest

Lane Cedar Chest

Lane Cedar Chest

This Lane cedar chest was a staple in postwar American homes. It replaced colonial style blanket chests.

Someone painted this chest  white. It came from the factory with a mahogany finish. It’s a Chippendale Revival piece of furniture.

The top will lift, the drawer fronts are faux designs. When the top is lifted, the container box extends all the way to the floor. There are no real drawers.

People will often call them “Hope Chests” and they are a favorite wedding gift.

Although they’ve fallen out of favor in some modern homes, they’re still a great way to keep blankets and linens fresh! If you have one and the inside cedar smell had faded, simply give a light sanding to the inside walls to re-activate the cedar.

Circa 1950s.

Retail value: $295

Wholesale $75