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1930\'s China Cab
1930's China Cab  
I have recently acquired this piece and was wondering what you might be able to tell me about it. I am guessing it is from the 1930's era, but not sure. It is in excellent condition, with no chipped veneers, gouges or chips. It appears to have been well taken care of by someone that apparently loved/valued it a lot. Anything you could tell me regarding age, history and value would be greatly appreciated.

Denise - As you surmised the cabinet is from the 1930s, over decorated as was the style. It features a number of woods. The boldly striped veneer is Australian walnut, also called orientalwood or oriental walnut. It was favorite of furniture makers of the period and was used extensively in the period. The wood is found only in a small part of coastal eastern Australia and has not been available in large commercial quantities since World War II.

The two panels above the Australian walnut are walnut burl veneer. The rest of the piece is made of various cuts of walnut veneer and a secondary wood called gum.

The style is part of the Colonial Revival period of American furniture when styles from our colonial past were reproduced. The style reproduced in your cabinet is called Jacobean named for King James I of the early 17th century. The Latin term for James is Jacob. The style is readily identifiable by the large bulb turnings on the legs. It was popular in the American colonies in the late 17th and early 18th century and was revived for use during the Depression era of the early 20th century.

You can see more furniture of this style and period in the book "Furniture of the Depression Era" by Swedberg, Collector Books. It is available on Amazon at

The cabinet would sell at auction in the $300 range.

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