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I have always been curious about this piece. I wonder if it is a furniture sample which would have been used by a traveling furniture salesman. It is 15 1/2 inches wide, 13 inches high and 7 1/2 inches deep. Any information you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Thank you so much!

You are welcome.

The difference between salesman's samples and children's chests is narrow.

This is definitely an early 19thC oak piece. Salesman's samples are usually made with much more care than this piece.

We then must assume it is a children's playroom chest.

The estimated retail value is $600-700 as is.

And again,

Online auctions like eBay generally bring wholesale selling prices. Sales in the eBay "Buy It Now" format are closer to retail.

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.

Etsy.com - small fees-20 cents to list plus 3.5% final price.
Artfire.com

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

Rubylane.com
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cyberattic.com
trocadero.com
https://www.justcollecting.com

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

Ultimately, to obtain these retail values we assume the piece or set is in good condition and that the final value depends on sale geographic location.

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 20%-50% more than retail values.

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