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Hi, I just purchased this sideboard for $25.00 from the classified ads. I paint furniture and plan on painting and reselling this. I just want to make sure it is not a valuable antique prior to painting it (I don't think it is very old judging by its shape but want to make sure). In one of the drawers is a label that says Reprodux Bevan Funnell ltd. Newhaven, England. Can you tell me the approximate age of this piece and if it is of any value?
Thank you,
Kerry

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Hi Kerry,

Nice buy!  My feeling is that you should just polishing this piece, keeping it as it is.
I think it would be criminal to paint it and for what reason?  Perhaps to appeal to some
dumbing-down buyer who's taste will change in 6 months.

Bevan Funnell is a well respected brand and I bet if they got word of you wanting to
paint their piece, they would come after you with a fire axe!

Best Wishes,

George E. Harrison III
www.americanainteriors.com/

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