Collectibles-General (Antiques)/Imperial Tea Wagon


Imperial Tea Wagon
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This Mahogany  Imperial Tea Wagon sports the green Imperial logo in the drawer and a crayon written 5 2 8 on the bottom side of the drawer.  Is this hand written 5 2 8 a possible date code?  I would be interested in hearing your opinion as to value or any other comments you may have.   
thank you very much EricL

inventory code or color code not a date.

this would have been made in the late 1940s or early 50s.

condition is good.  color is called fruitwood ( i dont know why) and was very dominant in its use during that time.  

wood could be one of several, birch, maple, or sweet gum.

these sell in this good condition at 400-450 which is higher due to it being mid century, which is coming into popularity on the secondary market.

hope this helps


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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.


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