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    Phoenix Furniture Co. Dresser

    Appraised Value:

    $1,000 (1999)

    Updated Value:

    $1,000 (2013)

    Appraised on: July 10, 1999

    Appraised in: Salt Lake City, Utah

    Appraised by: Brian Witherell

    Category: Furniture

    Episode Info: Salt Lake City (#1830)
    Salt Lake City (#413)

    Originally Aired: April 24, 2000

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    Form: Dresser
    Period / Style: 19th Century
    Value Range: $1,000 (1999)
    Updated Value: $1,000 (2013)

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    Appraisal Video: (1:00)


    Appraised By:

    Brian Witherell


    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: This dresser was given to my great-great-grandmother by my great-great-grandfather when they were married in 1858. And my great-great-grandfather was Jonathan Browning, the pioneer gunsmith in Tennessee and Nauvoo, Illinois, that came across the plains with the Mormon pioneers. His sons from his plural marriages started the Browning Arms company.

    APPRAISER: If we open up this drawer, we can see the construction on this joining-- not dovetailed, but rather doweled. This is a signature that's been attributed to the firm of Phoenix Furniture Company out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. All furniture firms in Grand Rapids generally used this dowel, but the scalloped motif here on the front is associated with Phoenix Furniture. Sometimes furniture is exciting and tells this great story but doesn't have a great deal of value. We're probably looking at around $1,000.

    GUEST: Okay.

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