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I have recently purchased four antique pieces. I believe they are authentic Duncan Phyfe pieces or they are very old pieces from the Federal Period.

If you could identify the period and estimated value of the piece. I would appreciate your input. Thank you for your time & knowledge. I will be emailing you the pictures. Antique Chair
dark wood , back of chair low
seat is leather studded over wicker
18w x 28h x15d
Number 7214 placed under seat

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Hi Margaret,

Lets first start out by dismissing the thought or assumption that these chairs were made in
the workshop of Duncan Phyfe. In fact, these chairs were made considerably later during the
time of the Industrial Revolution.

Your chairs were mass produced, factory made and bear a stronger resemblance to Hitchcock chairs, but not necessarily made in the Hitchcock factory.

Due to their present condition with damaged cane seats and make-do repairs, their value is
some what minimal. Since I am not able to physically examine the chairs, I also question if the backs of the chairs suffered damage and at some point were cut down.  These chairs would be very uncomfortable chairs to sit in, dramatically reducing any value. I would go as far as to say that the costs associated with restoring the chairs would exceed their value.

As far as the value is concerned, in todays world I place a value of $25. per chair.

Good Luck with them.

George E. Harrison III
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