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I have an old 8 seat maple Cushman Colonial style table and

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I have an old 8 seat maple Cushman Colonial style table and 1 chair is missing from the set. All 7 remaining chairs are the same and none have arm rests. I would say the chairs are in "good" condition. They have some rubbing wear in the finish from normal use and a couple blemishes on each chair where finish is missing. The chairs are not scratched though.
The table is big with a double drop side. Dimensions with both leafs up is 49" x 54". Some wear in the finish from normal use and a couple blemishes on the top. The wood however, is split all the way down middle of the table top and the split goes all the way through. The table top is in 2 pieces split in half (not including the leafs), but the table is somehow still solid. No repairs have been made. It doesn't wobble, even when lifting and moving the table.
1 of the leafs is also has 2 splits in the wood that almost run all the down long ways. My dad screwed several metal brackets on the bottom side of the leaf to hold it together. Ouch...
Excluding the split table top and one of the leafs, I'd say the table would have been in "good" condition. My parents gave it to me and I'm not sure how the wood split. Doesn't look like anything physically broke it, but rather from stress. Maybe from the wood drying out? I'm trying to figure out what it's worth to sell privately.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I don't know how I didn't see it the first time. Thank you for your patience.
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for the images.
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Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.
Hi There~
Thank you for your patience.
On today’s market, each of the chairs can sell for $75 - $100 each per chair.
The splits in the wood top of the table, even though braced with metal, does impact the value. Because of the splits, this could sell for $150 -$250. The splits are caused because of the straight (not quarter-sawn) cut of the wood and weight-bearing over time. This is not uncommon but does have an effect on the value.
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