I have a dining room table, four side chairs, two end chairs with arms, a buffet and a china cabinet/hutch. I am unclear as to the age or value of these items. I bought them as part of a home purchase in Acton, Mass in the late 1990's. Can you help me date and value these items?
Answer John - Your set is a Colonial reproduction of Chippendale and Federal period furniture. The chairs are Chippendale style ribbon back chairs. The table is a Federal style extension table. Everything appears to be made of mahogany.
Hard to see many details in that photo but the set appears to be from the 1960s or 70s. I can't value the set from the single group photo. If you can send me some clear digital photos of the individual; pieces of the set as well as any labels I will be happy to tell you what I can. You can send clear photos to me as .jpg files at email@example.com. Please send the photos directly to me as .jpg files. DO NOT put them in an online photo album. Be sure to include a copy of your original inquiry so I can match them up or I will not be able to respond.
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 www.furnituredetective.com
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