What is my Mint Julep Cabinet worth?

By Tom Musbach

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Q: I have what is known as a Mint Julep Cabinet (pictured). I've only seen two others in my life, both at high-dollar auctions for over $2,000 each a few years ago. Mine has the original marble top, space for 6 bottles and shelves for the cups. It is very heavy and looks Empire, with some scroll work. Dimensions are 39 inches high and 36 inches wide at bottom. What might it be worth?

A: What a great historical piece from the Grand Old Days of the South. The Mint Julep Cabinet is currently valued on the retail market for between $3,500-$4,000 on average, depending on where the sale is. This table would sell somewhat higher at an antique shop than at auction.

If you are thinking of selling, I would check local antique shops to see what comparable items have sold for. Since pricing for antiques and collectibles varies in different parts of the country, you may get more for it on the West Coast than in the Midwest or South.

Once you have that information, you can decide whether to sell locally or perhaps look at an online market. 

-- Answer provided by Glenda B., an antiques specialist on JustAnswer.