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Antiques Considered - May 1, 2013

This cabinet, which some refer to as a hutch, is a part of the inheritance of a Fredericksburg family.  It is either fruitwood or walnut, and is in excellent condition.  The knobs might be replacements, but the finish is original.  The shelves are stationary, and the back is paneled with solid planks, and not made of plywood.



The cabinet dates from the end of the nineteenth century, and from the pictures, I assume the wood is fruitwood, rather than walnut.  The style is typical of the late Victorian period, and the finish does appear to be original.  I also suspect that the knobs have been replaced, as the doors especially would not have had knobs, with the keys having served the purpose of pulling them open and closing them.

 The beaded planks, which appear to be stock material, add to the overall design,  and the solid top, which increases the storage space, indicates that the maker was trying to get the most out of his end product.

 Hutches are always popular, and the small size of this one makes it particularly desirable.  From the individualized design it also appears to be handmade, rather than the product of a factory, which makes its demand greater.  In its present good condition, with the probability of the knobs being replacements, it is worth $350.  If a signature of the maker could be found, perhaps on the back or the underside, or somewhere on the drawer, the value could be significantly greater.

   Happy Antiquing!

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