What’s it worth? Appraisal of English sideboard

Lisa asks: What can you tell me about my sideboard?

AW says: This sideboard is English and is circa 1900-1920. The side posts are often referred to as “Barley Twist” The piece is made out of oak.

The middle support between the two doors is made from tiger oak, which refers to the look of the grain which is achieved by the way that particular piece of wood is cut. Tiger oak is a beautiful cut of wood that often brings up the price of when used appropriately.

Retail value: $325- $400

Wholesale: $125-$175





English furniture


tiger oak

What’s it worth? Appraisal of antique oak Morris chair

Trisha asks:

What kind of chair is this, how old is it and what’s it worth?

AW says: This is one of the early recliner chairs aka a “Morris” chair named for it’s designer William Morris. 99% of these that I’ve seen were in oak, although there are some variations. Obviously, your’s has been painted and the cushions removed. The date is circa 1890-1920.

Most of these chairs have never really hit it big with collectors and it’s hard to find one worth more than $100.

  • Retail value of yours. $50
  • Wholesale: $25


  • Morris Chair
  • oak recliner
  • antique recliner

What it worth? Appraisal of antique sideboard

I would like an appraisal of this sideboard.   It was purchased used by my grandparents in the 1920’s.    Mirror, glass and drawer lining are original, the leading was redone about 20 years ago.     Curved side glass doors have locks.   

Let me know if you need further pictures or information.

Thank you,

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AW says: That’s a nice quality and rather unusual buffet. It’s in the American Empire style and has elephantine feet. It’s made with Oak veneer, and is a bit of a transitional piece. (Coming out of the Empire style and towards the Art & Crafts era)
The unusual things are that it has a bow front, and curio sides. It’s uniqueness is what would help sell this in an auction.
Circa late 1800s.
(The reason for the great gap here between retail and wholesale, is that that right now in this economy, furniture especially is selling slow, so dealers are not investing much in it right now.)
  • Empire style
  • Oak 
  • veneer
  • elephantine
  • leaded glass
  • curio
  • bow front