Collectibles-General (Antiques)/Sligh Dresser


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Good afternoon Mr. Taylor,

I am interested in learning an estimate of date and value for the Sligh dresser/armoir in the attached photos. I have a photo of the dresser with doors open, but appears I can only attach two photos. Inside are found two columns of five drawers each.

I appreciate your expertise and reply.


Antonio - A cabinet with stacked drawers inside is called a "press." That style logo was used by Sligh in the late 1910s to very early 1920s. It changed around 1922. The cabinet is made of ribbon striped mahogany veneer  and secondary woods.

The finish appears to be slightly hazy because in the early 1920s the standard finish was shellac, before the widespread use of lacquer. Shellac is an organic finish that oxidizes as it ages and begins to "alligator" and darken.  

Your press would sell at auction in the $100 range.

Thanks for writing.

Fred Taylor

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I will attempt to answer questions about American antique furniture, including construction details, style, period, manufacturers, care, repair and storage. I do not have any background in appliances, musical instruments, sewing machines, trunks, lighting, clocks or children's and baby furniture and will not respond to questions about those items.


I ran an antique furniture restoration business for twenty years. I am a nationally syndicated columnist on the subject of antique furniture for such publications as Antique Week and New England Antiques Journal. I have produced one video on the subject of furniture identification and my book "HOW TO BE A FURNITURE DETECTIVE" is now available.I have also published articles in Antique Trader, Chicago Art Deco Society, Northeast Magazine, Victorian Decorating and Lifestyles, Professional Refinishing, Antiques and Art Around Florida and Antique Shoppe. You can visit my website at

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