this card table is not in very good shape i'm not sure how they would put the picture on it. would you be able to tell me where it was made , how old it is and its value. thank you for your time i appreciate your willingness to help
Answer Walley - Your table is from the Depression era of the 1920s and 30s. It falls in the category of "novelty" furniture. During the Depression era many companies turned to the manufacture of small items to have something affordable to sell that people could afford to buy rather than entire sets of furniture. These items were called "novelties" and included things like magazine racks, hanging shelves, magazine and lamp tables, smoking stands and card tables. You can see a number of novelty items in the book "Furniture of the Depression Era" by Swedberg, Collector Books. http://www.amazon.com/Furniture-Depression-Era-Accessories-1920S/dp/0891453326/r
Chicago was the hub of the novelty furniture industry but items were made all over the country. Without a label it is impossible to tell who made it and where. Most novelty items have little value in today's market. Your card table would sell at auction in the $25-range.
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