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I purchased an old vanity with matching three piece mirror several years ago for $200 and was curious when and where it was made, as well as who the maker might be. It has 1816 stamped into the back of it but no other markings.  It is a dark oak wood with many gold painted appliques.   Looking to make room in the house and not sure if I should keep it or not.  Any information on this piece would be appreciated.

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mahogany and mahogany veneer.

made around 1920

in the sheraton style but i cannot tell you whether or not to keep it.

someone has refinished it in the past and painted the gold, probably not original but done to give the impression of a higher styled item.

selling would have a retail price around 450.  remember, this would serve well as a desk if you removed the mirror.

it is a good piece.

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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. robertsantiques@cox.net 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.

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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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