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Doris - dfm925, Pres, Owner, Appraisals Corporation
Category: Antiques
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Experience:  Antiques store owner 10+yrs.Best of City Two Years. Collector 56+yrs.USPAP compliant. Member AOA.Founded part of antiques, silver & art collection at local museum.
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I have a bedroom suite that was given to me. I was told that

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I have a bedroom suite that was given to me. I was told that it's antique. How do I find out?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques collector, dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you.

Please know that I cannot accept any requests for "live conversations" such as phone calls. I must research up-to-date data to give the most accurate answer.
Besides there are extra system charges to you for live conversations.

Your set certainly is in antique style. The best way to know is to look at where the side of a drawer joins with the front of the drawer.

Please send me a photo of that of one of the joins.

Are there any labels on the furniture or any markings that might indicate the maker?

Kind regards,

Doris

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Can you tell me who made this furniture? It appears as though the label has fallen off prior to my ownership. It looks like the original sticker disintegrated but the green sticker looks like it was purchased from North American International Inc. It shows Lot No. A-2220
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Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for the information and photos.

Please allow me time to research the data required by your question, calculate current values and write my answer.

I should be back in less than 30 minutes.

I thank you in advance for your patience.

Kind regards,

Doris

Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 1 year ago.

The listing for North American International, Inc. is now listed as a marketing company in NJ.

I believe it has nothing to do with the probably defunct furniture company with the same name.

The joins on your set are late 19thC. The curved lines of your set date the same as they are part of Art Nouveau style.

The high back headboard also indicates 19thC.

See the following photo.

The price of this set is $1500 which I believe to be the value of your set.

If you would like to sell close to retail , some ideas are:

The internet has your largest audience of buyers. Place small ads on these sites or set up your own small store on these sites.

Etsy.com - small fees - 20 cents to list plus 3.5% final price.
Artfire.com
Goantiques.com - more upscale fee based
Rubylane.com - more upscale fee based
Tias.com
Amazon Marketplace: http://services.amazon.com/content/sell-on-amazon.htm/ref=footer_soa?ld=AZFSSOA
cyberattic.com
collectoronline.com
collect.com
trocadero.com

Another method that could be very effective would be to place a classified in the "Maine Antique Digest" It has a large readership of collectors all across the country.

http://www.maineantiquedigest.com/advertising

A private seller to a dealer can expect 30-60% of retail value.

I hope I have helped you.

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Kind regards.

Doris

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Thank you.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Can you use the emblem on the headboard to see who typically manufactured this design?
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 1 year ago.

No. There were many furniture companies and individual makers at this time. If the rest of the label were legible we might know.

I believe the suite was made earlier than the label anyway. Such labels were more common later in the 20thC making one think it is actually the label of a reseller.

Please do not forget my need for a positive rating. It is the only way I am compensated by Just Answer for my work. It costs you nothing extra.

Kind regards,

Doris

Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 1 year ago.

Hi there!

I'm just following up with you to see how everything is going. Did my answer help?

Let me know,
Doris