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Dear Mr. Klein,
I would be very grateful if you could shed some light on this piece of "furniture".
I would like to know what is it called (it seems to be like a multilevel tilt table but I am sure there is a more "technical" name for it) and its style and age.
What its use is if you know.
The figures are hand painted and all are of African people dancing
The 3 levels move all at the same time since they are connected in the back.
The overall approximate measurements are 47" high, 15" wide and the round pieces are 10" in diameter.
If you can suggest a value I'll be very grateful
As always a world of thanks in advance.
PS: more pictures available

muffin stand 1900-1920s.

these do not normally have a high money value.  highese i have observed for a  good well made one--not the common ones, has been at 250$.  but-this is one of the better i have seen and with the african figures painted-something i have not seen-i would think this would have a value higher than normal; as such depictions are highly collectible.

most of the time we see common or standard muffin stands 75-125 in shops but i would place a value on yours of 450 retail, possibly higher if the artist can be named.  many items were painted but having this in such great condition on a piece that are not so common these days adds to the allure.

insurance value higher.

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In regards to American antique, vintage and collectible furniture I can help with wood identification, styles, age, periods, historical coatings, materials, techniques, repair, restoration, refinishing, and value. I do not study mid century and later furniture nor do I deal in lamps, and other smalls. You may ask for values and I will give you current market values, I will not give you 'feel good' values. Understand that there are many factors that contribute to market value. If you want a feel good, unrealistic number, please call a local inexperienced appraiser. It is my desire to help you and in doing so I increase my knowledge as well. For that I thank you.


I have been in the antiques furniture and restoration business and in the sales of antique furniture for 40+ years and have continued my education in the trade attending workshops and seminars by various organizations, institutions, and private collectors.

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BA Florida State University BA University of West Florida 1971

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