Hi, I have been trying to find information on my rocking chair. It seems old but I don't have any knowledge on furniture. I would like to know if it has any value to be insured? We will be moving and wonder if we should get an appraisal for in case it get's damaged in transition. I'm not sure where to start. Thank you for any help you may give.
Answer rocker is from the 1910-10 era. wood is birch and figured birch stained to a cordovan mahogany color. the design on the back slat looks to be inlay with mother of pearl of abalone in addition to various species of wood.
retail in shop pricing for the chair would be around 400. insurance replacement should be higher by 2 or 2.5. the insurance companies set this but the following example. if you have your windshield replaced in your car and you pay it might be 160-180, if the insurance pays it will be double.
take pictures of all surfaces of the chair before moving. read the inventory carefully from the drivers/packers so you do not sign standard coverage which is per pound for damage or loss.
if you have homeowners insurance it will help cover items but you can purchase additional insurance as well. remember, insurance companies are not working for you even though you are paying their salaries. some adjusters care many do not.
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Thank you so much for your quick and clear answer!
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.
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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.
Organizations Professional Refinishers Groop, Int.,
Antiques Dealers Association
Education/Credentials BA Florida State University
BA University of West Florida 1971