We would be happy to review pictures of your piece for identification, approximate date of production, as well as any other distinguishing facts regarding your piece. For appraisal values, we suggest that you contact a reputable auction house or antique dealer in your area.
Also, please describe which piece it is that you would like information on and we would be happy to reply to your request. Depending on the age of your piece, it may be possible to supply replacement hardware. But pieces from the later ’50s to the early ’60s can have collectible value, too. About 70% of the pieces had paper decals, so the first thing to look for on the underside of a chair or table, or the inside a cabinet drawer, is a sticker (or the remnants of one).
Wright cautions – labeling was a little loosey-goosey in the early years – but it’s a good start. But they were usually colored red, cream or black (or a combination). The earliest furniture was in muted colors; bright saturated hues came in later. Even such details as for whether the screws on a piece have ever been loosened can affect a piece’s value. If you’re acquiring mainly for investment value, focus on the latter. To increase accuracy and create a richer profile, select as many attributes as you can reasonably identify to describe the furniture.
Additional attributes may be selected at anytime. A built-in style reference provides detailed information about each style. It is also a subject that can seem overwhelming and confusing to someone with a new interest in antique furniture. For example, if the legs of the piece seem to be the wrong size or the top of the piece is out of balance with the lower portion, it is possible the furniture is a marriage. These types of joints became more refined throughout the 1700s and the first half of the 1800s. The wood for furniture pieces was hand sawn until the beginning of the 1800s. Visible saw marks up to that time will be straight. After that most wood was cut with a circular saw and any saw marks will be circular. Some focus on a specific type of antique, such as antique chairs , while others provide a general overview of furniture from various periods or styles.