How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask AppraiserJM Your Own Question
AppraiserJM
AppraiserJM, Antiques and Collectibles Researcher
Category: Antiques
Satisfied Customers: 1972
Experience:  Certified Appraiser, Appraiser's Association of America. USPAP qualified through 2015.
30223878
Type Your Antiques Question Here...
AppraiserJM is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I have a dining room set. Table, chairs, coffee cart,

Customer Question

I have a dining room set. Table, chairs, coffee cart, sideboard. It's about 70 years old. How do I know if it is worth anything?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  AppraiserJM replied 1 year ago.

Hi, my name is*****'m a certified appraiser, and I'd be happy to help.

First, I'll need to see an overall photo of the set, or a couple of photos, so I can see all the pieces.

Second, are there any marks, stamps, or labels? The best places to look are underneath the table, underneath the top of the coffee cart, and inside any drawers/doors on the sideboard or coffee cart.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I found a marking that says NO 910 Buffet. I can't find anything else.
Expert:  AppraiserJM replied 1 year ago.

Thank you.

Are you looking for a retail value for insurance purposes, or a price for possible resale?

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Resale please
Expert:  AppraiserJM replied 1 year ago.

Thank you.

This is a 1940s Duncan Phyfe/Sheraton style nine-piece dining set, probably mahogany veneer, mass/factory produced.

Unfortunately, the resale for these is not very good, particularly as you are limited to a very local market due to transportation issues. Depending on the locality/local economy, I'd expect a resale for the set in the range of $750-$1000.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you! We just bought a Restoration Hardware set and wanted to make sure we weren't throwing away a gold mine by giving it away free.
Expert:  AppraiserJM replied 1 year ago.

Not at all, but if you donate it for "related use," say to a Goodwill or a shelter, you can use the $1,000 figure as a tax deduction.

Jennifer

Expert:  AppraiserJM replied 1 year ago.

I see you have not yet rated/accepted my answer. How can I help you further?

http://ww2.justanswer.com/help/how-do-i-rate-answer-hl

Jennifer