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Antique chair
Antique chair  
I was given 4 chairs and trying to get info on them. Stamped underneath is 134 Mah 144 Wine. What does that mean? Are these valuable? Was thinking of painting but my mom says not to, it'll decrease their value. Can you give me some info on these? Value? Maker?

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Syndie - Your chairs are Colonial Revival reproductions of Federal period chairs of the early 1800s. The harp was attribute to Greek civilization that established the principle of democracy. Your chairs were factory made in the late 1940s to mid 1950s. They are made of birch with a mahogany finish. The harps probably have mahogany veneer on them.

The "134 MAH" is the stain color used on the chairs and the "Wine" is the color of the original upholstery. Without a  maker's mark there is no way to tell who made them.

The chairs are not antique. They would sell at auction in the $25 each range.

Thanks for writing.

Fred Taylor  

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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.

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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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BSBA Finance, University of Florida, MBA Finance, University of Florida

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