I have a Cavalier vanity that I would like to find out more info on. I have searched online for one like it, but have not found any.
Answer Joel - The term Cavalier was used by the Tennessee Furniture C0 beginning in 1923 as a trade name but it was used only for cedar chests and ice boxes. I am not aware of another manufacturer who used the name.
The vanity you have was made in the early to mid 1920s. The photo is not clear enough for me identify the wood.
If you think the mirror above the vanity may have originally been part of the vanity set you should be able to find a date on it. All 20th century American plate mirror included in furniture is dated by law. The date is in dark gray on the gray side of the mirror glass itself. You will have to remove any paper or wood backing to see the back of the glass and the date. This is further explained and illustrated in my book “HOW TO BE A FURNITURE DETECTIVE” found on my website. In some cases there is no date. This may be because the original mirror has been replaced, the mirror has been resilvered or the mirror was not made in the United States.
The vanity has some condition issues and would sell at auction in the $100 range.
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