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Question? I have a 15 drawer catalog cabinet, missing 3 drawers. Lawman & Erbe mfg.co, guess at what it is worth

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The key mechanism is there but not functional. it is clean but missing 3 drawers. the name plate is there!

Expert's Assistant: Is there anything else the Antiques Appraiser should be aware of?

All the drawers that are there are, open and shut with no issues and it is heavy

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Antique Expert: Doris, Personal Property Appraiser replied 3 months ago
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Antique Expert: Doris, Personal Property Appraiser replied 3 months ago

Please tell me the approximate height in inches.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
42 1/2 " tall, 17" wide/depth, 33" across, drawers = 8 3/4 wide and 8 1/2" high, 4 sections and base
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
name plate intact and can read it
Antique Expert: Doris, Personal Property Appraiser replied 3 months ago

Can you send photos?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I think I sent pictures? Did you receive them?
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Antique Expert: Doris, Personal Property Appraiser replied 3 months ago

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Antique Expert: Doris, Personal Property Appraiser replied 3 months ago

Yawman (Correct spelling) and Erbe was established in the late 19thC in Rochester, NY.

The estimated retail value of your 1930s oak filing cabinet is $1500-1700 as is.

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
Tias.com
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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