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I bought a cabinet that holds 8 pipes in the bottom doors. The top swivel door opens and holds 2 ashtrays and the knobs on the top are lions heads. The only name or marking I could find was "A B Jork." Do you know the name of this cabinet, the year it was made, and the value and authenticity? Please write back. I will send picture to your email.

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Taylor - Your cabinet is called a smoking stand or "smoker." Smoking stands were first popular around the turn of the century and then the popularity faded until the Depression. During the Depression of the 1930s 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 and smoking stands. 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

Yours appears to be from the mid 1930s. The wood on the front is mottled avodire veneer, an African wood. The top looks like walnut veneer. I could find no reference to A.B. Jork in my library. The lions head pulls are replacements and are not original to the piece.

Your smoker would sell at auction in the $50-$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.

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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 www.furnituredetective.com

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