Roycroft Arts & Crafts Book Cabinet
Appraised Value: $15,000 - $20,000
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Appraisal Video: (2:20)
GUEST: My husband and I lived for some time in Iowa, and there was an old round barn that I used to go to photograph chickens so I could watercolor them. And one time when I was there, I stepped in their shop and saw this, and I thought it was such a nice, sturdy little piece, I needed to bring it home. I knew nothing about it, but the shop owner thought because of this insignia here it was from a church.
APPRAISER: Well, what I can tell you about it is that you've been fortunate enough to buy a very excellent example of Roycroft furniture. It was made by the Roycroft community of shops in East Aurora, New York. It was founded by Albert Hubbard at about the turn of the century. And it was a community in reaction to shoddy machine production. The construction actually is the design. You have an exposed tenon with an exposed tenon key. It's all solid white oak. There's no veneer on it whatsoever. It's in excellent condition, which is a great plus. You mentioned when the movers came to get it, that they were a little bit confused by it. Do you want to tell us that story?
GUEST: One of them suggested that a good sanding and a light varnish might be nice for it.
APPRAISER: Well, it's good that they're movers and not antique dealers, because a big part of the value here is the fact that it is original finish. It has a few minor stains and nice wear, actually exactly where you would expect it to be. A little bit on the edges, a little bit of wear in here, but essentially, it's in great condition. It's a very nice piece and in good shape and do you have any idea of what you feel that it might be worth?
GUEST: No, I know what I paid for it and I have a general idea but I really don't know.I paid $75 for this and thought it was fair.
APPRAISER:How much did you pay for this great example of Arts-and-Crafts furniture?
GUEST: I paid $75 for it and thought that was pretty fair.
APPRAISER: It was quite fair at the time. Well, the Arts-and-Crafts market right now as it has, it's been growing, and certainly it's been growing quite a bit over the last ten, 15, almost 20 years at this point. And, uh, current market value, fair market value of this piece would be somewhere in the range of $15,000 to $20,000.
GUEST: No way.
APPRAISER: It's appreciated quite a bit. And again, part of the value is that it is original finish, and also the fact that the Roycroft shops did very little output. It was a small shop and there's just very little actual Roycroft furniture there.
GUEST: That's incredible.
APPRAISER: It's a great piece. You're fortunate to be the owner.
GUEST: Thank you so much.
APPRAISER: You're welcome, thanks for bringing it on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW
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