Oak China Cabinet, ca. 1905
Appraised Value: $2,500
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Appraisal Video: (2:11)
GUEST: I acquired it from a little lady that I took care of for many years and when her son got ready to take her, she told her son that she wanted me to have this cabinet in return that I had taken good care of her. I know that she always said it was tiger oak.
APPRAISER: Okay. Sometimes we refer to it in the trade as quartersawn oak. And it's how they ran the board through the blade; it would give you this tiger striping. This is a piece of furniture that was... it was a standard form that would have been found in almost all houses in the early part of the 20th century. It's very American in its style and it was a mass-produced form and was highly sought after in its day, and still is today. Uh, we call them a china cabinet. Uh, and you can see all these tiered shelves here are grooved to display your china. And it was produced by furniture firms all over the country, specifically in Chicago, Michigan, uh, generally a Midwestern manufacturer. I remember as a kid, going out in the 1970s-- we'd go buy furniture in the Midwest and bring it home and sell it. And Californians were all the rage for this sort of thing. They still are. Unfortunately with that is most of it was refinished at that time. And this one has a nice, original patina to it, which gives it a nice, soft feel and a better appreciation, because so much of it was lost.
GUEST: This was made in what year?
APPRAISER: It was made in the first part of the 20th century, right about 1900 to 1910. It's, uh, a very easy thing to sell today, and you can find them almost in any antique shop, and they come in a variety of forms. Some of these are less sophisticated or less ornate than this example, and then some of them become more ornate with a bonnet top and so forth. This is about a mid-level grade of a china cabinet with super finish. And I think if you were looking for this in an antique shop, you would expect to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $2,500, right around there.
GUEST: Okay. Thank you very much.
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