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AppraiserJM, Antiques and Collectibles Researcher
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Experience:  Certified Appraiser, Appraiser's Association of America. USPAP qualified through 2015.
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I found a table at a second hand store and was wondering if

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I found a table at a second hand store and was wondering if it is a good value. Unfortunately, I have not seen it in person yet, I only have the pictures that the store posted on Instagram. The description is, "Victorian Claw-and-ball foot parlor table! A thick square top and intricate molding, beautiful wood grain, slanted cabriole legs finish to brass claws clutching glass balls! In amazing condition, minus a few nicks and light surface wear to the wood! Measures 24" W x 29" H. $75.

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

This is an absolutely lovely Victorian side table, and an excellent deal at $75. It has ornately turned legs, brass claws, glass balls, and a lovely finish. Even with condition problems, the typical resale on this would be in the $800 - $1000 range.

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I am going to see it in person after work. Hopefully it does not sell before then. Is there anything in particular that I should look for in regards ***** *****? The claws, glass balls, etc ...?

Look at the construction underneath. Make sure you don't see any obvious glue, screws, etc. that look very new. Or a label or tag from a reproduction maker! Make sure the finish of the underside matches the finish of the top.

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Thank you! Unfortunately, I just called the store to ask if it was still available (it was only posted 3 hours ago). They said it sold within the last 30 minutes.
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Perhaps I will be in touch in the future. This store frequently posts unique antique items but they go very quickly. Which is why most people buy over the phone before even looking at the item.

Oh no, too bad! Good luck next time!