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SMOKING STAND
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SMOKING STAND TOP
SMOKING STAND TOP  
Hi Bob! You've help me in the past.

I acquired the smoking stand and ashtray at an estate sale a bit ago. If interested, the ebay listing can be seen at - http://www.ebay.com/itm/140942568353?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m15

I am sure it is 1920s or earlier. Over 300 hundred people have looked at it and haven't purchased for $30. I am very surprised.

My question - Should I restore the piece? I've always heard that antique furniture lose value when restore. Yet, the amount of veiwers and no purchase seem to suggest its just to beat up. I'm looking for your expert opinion.

Thanks and have a GREAT day!
Bill

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the handle is missing and the wood is a bit worn.  that is the stall on someone buying.

restoration done properly for the piece in question is an enhancement.  there are many levels of restoration.  a museum piece of great value would be stabilized then waxed with a proper wax.

a commonly used piece meant for an average home most likely could be refinished and if done properly is a good thing.  BUT each item must be evaluated on its own merit, there is no 'cover all' guide.

go ahead but you will not recover the time and materials invested.  build the handle.

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Regarding American antique, vintage, and collectible furniture I can help with wood identification, styles, age, periods, historical coatings, materials, techniques, repair, restoration, refinishing. Please read instructions for posting.

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I have been in the antiques furniture and restoration business and in the sales of American antique furniture for 40+ years and have continued my education in the trade attending workshops and seminars through several organizations.

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Professional Refinishers Groop, Int., AIC, Antiques Dealers Association

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BA Florida State University BA University of West Florida 1971

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