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I have an dresser and vanity from a company called "Empire Case Goods Company" out of Jamestown, NY. I purchased this set from an antique store and as you will see, it's been painted over at least once.  Can you tell what kind of wood it is and what "masonite" means and how it will affect me refurbishing it?  Also, if you have any info on year and value of this set, it would be greatly appreciated! I could only upload 2 photos so if you need me to send you an image of the vanity, I would be happy to.
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Sara

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Hi Sara,

From what little I can see in your photo's I believe it is safe to say that whatever you wish to do with this furniture will not hurt it's value, for it can't get any lower than it is
already. hard to say but they could have been made in the 1940's - 1950's.

I am including a link for you to read regarding Masonite.  It was created to take the place
plywood or solid woods as a cost saving in manufacturing and has been used in very low end furniture for a good number of years.

As for value, you are in the $100. range for it all. Usually most people put it out on trash day which has been my experience.

Best Wishes,

George E. Harrison III
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