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Mersman 7483
Mersman 7483  
My grandmother had this table and I inherited it. It's very unusual, apparently, despite Mersman being very prolific. This table is rectangular with a drawer and lyre base. What's unusual is that the top slides over and opens up to increase the table size. My grandmother rarely had it open, but I think it could be a buffet table of some sort.

I took several pix and they are here: http://twitpic.com/photos/misangela  Plus the one I've attached.

Thanks for your help!
Angela
ps: I asked this of Chad Boekelheide in General Antiques and he refused the question: "But this is outside of my expertise." If I am asking about an antique table in (somehow?) the wrong category, can you please direct me to the right category? Thanks.

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Hi Angela,

What you have is a Neo-Classical or Federal Style Gaming Table, most likely made in
the 1940's. Gaming tables were quite popular in most homes, years ago, since that
is how most people socially passed the time with friends and neighbors.

However today, most furniture of this style has fallen in popularity and can be
found struggling to bringing is worth of perhaps $225. to $250.

With Mersman being of mediocre quality, most of the limited pool of buyers are
looking for finer brands of furniture like Kittinger, Baker and Kindel furniture
since their values are also greatly suppressed in today's market.

Best Wishes,

George E. Harrison III
www.americanainteriors.com/

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