Will you please give me your advice on what this antique piece is? How much do you think it would sell for privately?
Answer This is an icebox made in oak.
inside the left upper door is where the block ice goes, there is a metal tube that goes from that compartment down through the floor of the ice box. the water catch tray goes underneath. The wood at the bottom swivels up to access the tray. the right side should have metal wire shelves. the handles are self latching on this model and all the hardware is nickel plated brass.
these can be bought at auction around 350-600 and sell in shops from 700-1000. How well I remember the days these could be bought for 22-25$ in PA. In the early 70s we would strip and finish the exterior and depending on what the interior was, it is either metal or white porcelain, we would line the interior with heavy fabric and install glass shelves for storing beverages and glasses often we would put a light inside. These days the are catching back on as they are very versatile. when power is off for a few days you would be surprised how long a block of ice will keep your foods.
Regarding American antique, vintage, and collectible furniture I can help with wood identification, styles, age, periods, historical coatings, materials, techniques, repair, restoration, refinishing.
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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.
Organizations Professional Refinishers Groop, Int., AIC, Antiques Dealers Association
Education/Credentials BA Florida State University
BA University of West Florida 1971