What’s it worth? Appraisal for vintage bedroom set

Lisa asks:

This is a bedroom set.  Not included in the photos is the bed and the mirror as well as a chair.
 
I would like to sell this set and need to know what it is and what it might sell for.
 
I know it is from the mid 1930s or so…and that it is French.  I can not find any writing anywhere on the set.
 
Please let me know if you need more photos.
 
Lisa

matchbook veneer chest on chest

french furniturevintage french chest of drawers

AW says:  Hello Linda, the style is definitely French, many would call it French Provincial, although for the most part French Provincial furniture is most often painted white. These painted white “revival pieces” are less valuable than what you have.

Without a makers name, it’s nearly impossible to tell which company made it, but that is of little concern because it’s a revival set, not a period set, and as such, the quality of manufacture, is more important than the makers name.

Your set is of very good quality, and has value in that it’s made with a “matchbook” walnut veneer, which is very attractive. That all said, it’s very likely that it’s an American co. which made it, possible out of North or South Carolina, or Grand Rapids Michigan.

It does appear to be circa 1930s. My appraisal is for the set, including the pieces which you’ve indicated are included, but not in the pictures.

Retail value: $650-$725

Wholesale value  $250-$400

Quick Sale          $150

Keywords: matchbook veneer, walnut veneer, french style, french provincial, bedroom suite. chest on chest. (BTW, the chest on chest is the  most valuable piece in the lot)

If you want some help selling your set see my eBook, Selling Your Valuables.

 

What’s it Worth? Appraisal of cedar chest

  Tina asks:

 

 Hi,

Here is my second item for appraisal. It is a cedar-lined Stewart Safe Seal hope chest that we believe is from 1937. One of the rear legs is broken and is almost removed from the piece. This needs to be repaired but otherwise the piece is in excellent condition. I am attaching photos of the piece as well as the labels inside. Thank you for your help in determining the value of this item.

Tina

 

 

 

AW says: That’s a Queen Anne style Mahogany face or veneer cedar chest. These elegant chests are desirable to newlyweds and Bed & Breakfast owners, as they are beautiful and offer practical storage at the end of a bed for sheets & blankets etc.

 

 


Date range: 1935-38

 

Retail value: $175 (This value reflects the current condition, it could increase depending upon scope of damage to the back leg and the quality of the repair.)
(top price)

Wholesale value: $125
(The mid range price you could expect to achieve at a well advertised live auction. The price that is most often realized)

Quick sale value: $75
The price your likely to get if you have to sell your item immediately and your prospective customer is aware of this.

Common terminology, nicknames, keywords: Queen Anne Style, cedar chest, mahogany,

Care and storage tips: When moving any antique that has legs, always lift, never drag, the legs will snap much easier than you may think. Old English dark scratch cover is perfect for an item like this that accumulates scratches and scuffs.

 

 

What’s it worth? Appraisal for vintage bedroom set

Lisa asks:

This is a bedroom set.  Not included in the photos is the bed and the mirror as well as a chair.
 
I would like to sell this set and need to know what it is and what it might sell for.
 
I know it is from the mid 1930s or so…and that it is French.  I can not find any writing anywhere on the set.
 
Please let me know if you need more photos.
 
Lisa

matchbook veneer chest on chest

french furniturevintage french chest of drawers

AW says:  Hello Linda, the style is definitely French, many would call it French Provincial, although for the most part French Provincial furniture is most often painted white. These painted white “revival pieces” are less valuable than what you have.

Without a makers name, it’s nearly impossible to tell which company made it, but that is of little concern because it’s a revival set, not a period set, and as such, the quality of manufacture, is more important than the makers name.

Your set is of very good quality, and has value in that it’s made with a “matchbook” walnut veneer, which is very attractive. That all said, it’s very likely that it’s an American co. which made it, possible out of North or South Carolina, or Grand Rapids Michigan.

It does appear to be circa 1930s. My appraisal is for the set, including the pieces which you’ve indicated are included, but not in the pictures.

Retail value: $650-$725

Wholesale value  $250-$400

Quick Sale          $150

Keywords: matchbook veneer, walnut veneer, french style, french provincial, bedroom suite. chest on chest. (BTW, the chest on chest is the  most valuable piece in the lot)

If you want some help selling your set see my eBook, Selling Your Valuables.