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Antiques Considered - July 10, 2013

A family near Kilmarnock recently inherited this oak sideboard.  They are considering selling it as none of the heirs has room for it.  The finish is probably original, and the condition is excellent, including that of the original mirror and the veneer.  It has solid ends.

This piece dates from the late nineteenth or early twentieth century.  It is a classic example of that period.  The tone of the wood is good, and the original mirror adds considerably to the overall value.  I suggest pulling it from the wall to examine the back looking for a factory label, which could be in the form of a stenciled stamp or a card tacked to the rear.  Attribution to a specific maker could increase the overall value.

Assuming no label exists, the piece stands on its own merits.  Unfortunately, oak furniture from this period is not popular at the present time, and veneered oak sells less well than solid oak.  A few years ago this piece would have been in the range of $750 to $1000, but with the downturn of the economy and the changing taste of the moment, that figure would not holdup in today’s market.

A good price for the sideboard today would be $350.  It is a large piece of furniture, and thus limited by space considerations.   I note that the picture shows it in a hall, rather than a dining room, a possible indication that even in the present location it might be too large for a dining room.

This sideboard comes from an age of gracious living, when entertaining meant having a big dining room with a table capable of seating at least eight, be they children of the family or guests.  Today people are more informal, and serve differently, thus diminishing the role for such a piece.  

Happy Antiquing!

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