Collectibles-General (Antiques)/cabinet bed


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QUESTION: A few months back I asked a question about my cabinet bed and you asked for a picture of it opened.  Attached are 2 pictures.  Anything more you can tell me about it and an approximate value would be greatly appreciated.

ANSWER: could you post the picture of it as in the first post-closed too-please and also copy and paste the first post.  use the followup function.  i do not know where the other post is and it would take a while to try and locate it.  it has been a while, thanks.

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QUESTION: I recently purchased this cabinet bed and was wondering if you can tell me the approximate age and value.  I can't find any markings on it, so am having a hard time researching it. It is in wonderful condition and I was wondering if you can tell from the picture what kind of wood it is. Thank you so much

ANSWER: The wood is oak and quarter sawn oak (tiger oak common name).  Called a murphy bed although many were not made by murphy.

looking at the picture i would say that the metal on the top cross piece are the legs when it is folded down.

You will find a lot of info online concerning murphy beds.

1890-1915 give or take a few years.

these are quite handy to have, would you post a picture of it opened?

thanks for the additional pictures.

ones like this I have seen in shops priced at 2500, i dont see them sell at this price but even so an insurance value would be higher yet.

a fair market value for these would be in the 1800-2200 retail niche as shown.  if you were to wax it up and everything worked as it should a top retail would reach 2500.

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In regards to American antique, vintage and collectible furniture I can help with wood identification, styles, age, periods, historical coatings, materials, techniques, repair, restoration, refinishing, and value. I do not study mid century and later furniture nor do I deal in lamps, and other smalls. You may ask for values and I will give you current market values, I will not give you 'feel good' values. Understand that there are many factors that contribute to market value. If you want a feel good, unrealistic number, please call a local inexperienced appraiser. It is my desire to help you and in doing so I increase my knowledge as well. For that I thank you.


I have been in the antiques furniture and restoration business and in the sales of antique furniture for 40+ years and have continued my education in the trade attending workshops and seminars by various organizations, institutions, and private collectors.

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