Antique Victorian Photograph
Darlene asks: What can you tell me about the value of this antique victorian photograph?
AW says: This is a turn of the 20th century photo in a beautiful walnut frame. The documentation you’ve sent with it serves to identify the subjects. But from research I’ve done, the people in the photograph are not historically important to collectors.
While Ceaser Montanelli is certainly a significant figure in the world of agriculture, this does not spill over into the world of antique photographs.
If the couple were doing something other than only posing for this photograph, it could have more value.
The frame is lovely, and some may be interested in a picture like this for period costume reference.
Retail value: $125
Wholesale value $50
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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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Antique Green Man Chair
I just bought this from a local “junk” store. I saw one like it in rocking chair form that the seller was asking 1600 dollars. Excited to hear what you have to say!!
This is an antique green man chair.
It’s tough to say why the similar chair is $1,600 since I don’t have a picture of that one to compare your’s to. That one could be an earlier chair than the one you have. However, since it’s a rocker, I doubt that it’s old enough to deserve that kind of a price tag. It could just be over-priced.
Your chair is circa turn of the 20th century. It chair appears to be made of Mahogany. The back has a hand carved splat of a mythical figure called the Greenman. The Greenman is on gates, concrete walls and fountains of older European homes. The legs and stretchers are sausage style turned.
The saw cut edges and lines of this chair show that it was made after the industrial revolution. The Greenman motif is a medieval period entity. He made a comeback in the Victorian era.
Retail value: $375