Nichols & Stone Rockport Arm Chair
The following info applies to this Nichols & Stone Rockport armchair as well as other pieces by N&S.
A Nichols & Stone shop mark was burned into most pieces to verify authenticity. However, when we see a chair without a burned in shop mark it may have happened because of oversight or broken branding irons.
Nevertheless, when there is no brand there is often a paper label. The one that appears on your chair was used extensively in the 1930″s. Though our research was unable to produce an exact match we are confident that this chair would be in the date range of 1930-1940.
Catalogs were very expensive to publish during the The Great Depression and were not published every year. In addition, there were many variations made of the Windsor design included chairs produced to special order. It is not unusual that a chair manufactured during this time not appear in a catalog.
This chair has very nice wear and is in excellent condition.
Retail value: $275
Wholesale value: $95
The reason for the extra large gap in wholesale & retail pricing is due to a single chair being more difficult to sell than a set.
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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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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.
Retail value: $295