Collectibles-General (Antiques)/settee



what can you tell me about the settee and chair what year and how much can I get for it

Brenda - Your settee and chair were originally part of a three or four piece parlor set from around the turn of the 20th century. They are made of birch and originally had a mahogany finish. That is called  “simulated mahogany” and was correctly explained in the 1902 Sears catalog as being both stronger and less expensive than genuine mahogany. A similar four piece set is shown in the 1902 Sears catalog for $12.45.

They were factory made and mass produced. Each piece would sell at auction in the $50-$100 range. However, a great deal depends on the local market. Here is a similar four piece set that sold at auction in September 2013 in Kentucky for $35.

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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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