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I have a piece of furniture that I want to find out how old it is. Where do I start?

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Ok It is a small table like a small secretary desk. I know my parents have had it for more that 70 years. It has dove tails, it looks like the main surfaces are walnut and the secondaries might be pine. I don't think it is poplar. It's about 18

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18" x 30" x 30" high.

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This is a circa 1860 Empire style nightstand or side table with one drawer, bottom

stretcher and wood knobs. I have added photos of a similar piece (shape example only) in mahogany.

The Empire style is characterized by heavy and thick wood, curved drawer fronts,

and large, swooping scroll accents. Your table is valued at $300 to $400 in this condition.

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Most Empire style furniture was made in the northeast Us

in cities like New York, Boston, and Philadelphia.

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