Collectibles-General (Antiques)/Furniture

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Bar back?
Bar back?  
We bought the piece below and have no idea what it is or what the value might be. There are no markings that we can find. At this point we are making guesses as to what it was even used for. Have you ever seen anything similar? My search of the internet leads me to believe it may be a bar back of some kind.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
Donna Taylor

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Donna - Your cabinet is for use in a dining room as a sideboard similar to the larger ones from the turn of the 20th century such as this, without the mirror of course.
http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/23705304_an-edwardian-oak-mirror-backed-side

I cannot determine the value from the one photo. If you can send me some detailed photos I will be happy to give you y opinion of value. You can send clear photos to me as .jpg files at info@furnituredetective.com. Please send the photos directly to me as .jpg files. DO NOT put them in an online photo album. Be sure to include a copy of your original inquiry so I can match them up or I will not respond.
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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BSBA Finance, University of Florida, MBA Finance, University of Florida

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