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Hello, I read a post about a basset China cabinet and you stated it was from either the 1940s or the 1950s. I have the same China cabinet as far as the look but it was my great-grandmother's which would make it a production somewhere before the 1900s wanted to check with you to see what the worth of the cabinet would be, being that it is a lot older than the 1940s or 50s version. Thanks!

Ashley

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Ashley - Your cabinet is a Colonial Revival reproduction of a Federal breakfront, not a china cabinet, of the early 1800s. And it was in fact made in the late 1940s to late 1950s. Basset was not around before 1902 so it could not have been made before then. Here's the company history.
http://www.bassettfurniture.com/company/index.asp

If you check the drawers you will find machine made dovetail joinery. That means all the pins and tails of the joint are the same size and run all the way from top to bottom. That is a technological advancement of the 20th century and was not available for most of the 1800s.

Here is a virtually identical cabinet that sold at auction in 2013 for $70.
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/22531484_a-mahogany-federal-style-breakfront-china-cabiniet-with  

I think that is extremely low. It should have sold in the $250 range as should yours.

Here is another much nicer cabinet that for $300 but that was in 2005 and much has happened in the market since then.
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/1188278_mahogany-federal-style-breakfront  

I know this not what you wanted to hear but these are the facts based on over thirty years of research and experience in the trade.

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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