Collectibles-General (Antiques)/TRUTYPE


QUESTION: I have two bureaus with red Mahogany Association labels with a 131 numbers.  I provided this number and information to Furniture City History.  Engraved on the inside of the drawer is TRUTYPE which is inside a rectangle.  On the back of the bureau is 7 42 (does this indicate July 1942?), 3025 and INSPECTED T PASSED OK within a circle. They did not have this particular number in their database.  They in turn provided the manufacturer of Statton Furniture Manufacturing Co. of Hagerstown, Md.  They felt you would be interested in obtaining this information in the event you did not have this label number.  My question please is what the current value may be, it's age and will it devalue the furniture to restore/refinish these bureaus?  Thank You

ANSWER: Please use the followup-function and post picture of the mahogany label and of the manufacturers label.


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Mahogany Association Label
Mahogany Association L  

QUESTION: Requested photos attached and thank you for the fast response

Thank you very much for the post!
The quality of the restoration would be the key.  I recommend you buy antique mahogany color Briwax, toluene free and use it first then live with the pieces for a while before starting anything.

They are nice pieces but the striping which looks like inlay stringing may be painted on and would go away if stripped and finished.

As is they are retail selling at 250 each.  If restored properly add 150 to each.

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robert klein


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.


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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