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Doris - dfm925, Pres, Owner Nashville Appraisals Corporation
Category: Antiques
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Experience:  Antiques store owner 10+yrs.Best of Nashville 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 an old"one piece"hand carved chair that I'm told is

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I have an old"one piece"hand carved chair that I'm told is Teakwood. Would like to get more info on it and an appropriate value.
Submitted: 28 days ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 28 days 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.

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Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 28 days ago.

Please know I do not accept requests for live conversations. I give my best answers in thoughtful writing. Besides you will have an assessment to print. I did not send you the pop-up.

Thank you for the photos.

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Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 28 days ago.

Your chair bears the compass and square symbols of the Freemasons organization. The single eagle is also one of their very old symbols. The man (perhaps the mythical god Atlas) underneath symbolizes the worldwide work ethic of the organization.

See the following image of a Masonic Eagle pin/badge.

This late 19th to early 20thC. chair would have been used by one of the leaders of a Masons' organization as a throne during one their many secret rituals.

As a solid teak piece, it would have an estimated retail value of $1800-2400 assuming good condition and depending on sale geographic location.

Online auctions like eBay generally bring wholesale selling prices.

If you would like to sell close to estimated 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.

Be sure to specify local pick up only for large items. That way the buyer would be responsible for obtaining his own insurance and transport.

These sites carry antique as well as vintage items.
Accept PayPal only. - small fees - 20 cents to list plus 3.5% final price.

Or your nearest where you can list items for free. Accept cash only.

These sites are excellent and more upscale but fees are higher. I only recommend them if you have several items to sell.

In general, a private seller to a dealer, via consignment or at auction can expect 30-50% of estimated retail value.

Insurance replacement values are usually about 10% more than retail values.

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