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Collectibles-General (Antiques)/Empire Furniture Co. buffet


Would appreciate your assistance in the value of this buffet that belongs to my mother.  My parents bought it in the early 1940's.  I will send a jpg photo of the item to your email address.


Donna - Thanks for the photo. The buffet is a style usually manufactured in the mid to late 1920s so perhaps it was used when your parents acquired it. The crackly finish indicates it has a shellac finish from the 20s rather than the lacquer finish of the 30s or 40s.

It would sell at auction in the $100 range.

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.


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

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