Antique Furniture/Williamsburg Adaptations by Kittinger sideboard
I have a mint condition Williamsburg Adaptations by Kittinger Mahogany and Mahogany veneer sideboard Model WA1041 -- H 393/4, L 56 1/2, D 24. What is value of this lovely piece?
Hi Mary Ann,
Thanks for your question regarding your Kittinger WA1041 mahogany Sideboard.
I wish to provide you with as much information as I possibly can so you have
a better understanding of, not just your sideboard, but the current marketplace
The WA1041 Williamsburg Sideboard was first introduced back in 1961 and made
up to the point when the Kittinger factory of Buffalo, New York closed in 1990.
As my preamble, let me give you some brief facts before furnishing you with a
value for your sideboard.
It is demand that creates value and in the past few years the level of interest
in formal furniture has somewhat waned. The younger buyers today I find are
looking for less formal furniture. Also, the current wave of buyers, looking to
furnish their new homes, are not furnishing dining rooms, like in the past
Today's new wave of buyers, having grown up in homes and witnessing the
traditional dining rooms, only being used around the Thanksgiving and Christmas
holidays, buyers are now taking the former dining room and using that space for
a music room, home office, exercise room or home theater. In essence, anything
but a dining room. Today's modern families are not into the ritual of dining.
It is about fast food and moving on the more entertaining venues, like video games
and the like. It is my belief, as well as a good number of my clients, that we
have failed to teach our younger generation about history and the art of socializing,
not just with friends, but the family gathering at the dining table to discuss
the news of the day and important issues.
With an aging population, shedding their excess baggage, downsizing and simplifying
their lives, dining room furniture values is in somewhat in a free-fall.
Five years ago, your sideboard was selling in a range of $3,000. to $3,500. To
fast-forward to current times, I see your sideboard selling in the $1,200. to $1,500.
range. Examples in less than excellent condition are bringing half that amount.
We can only hope that when we leave this planet, it is in a better place.
George E. Harrison III