Golden Oak Dining Table, ca. 1890

Value (2006) | $3,500 Auction$4,500 Auction

GUEST:
I just inherited it from an aunt who unfortunately just passed away a year ago. And it was passed down in the family from her grandparents to her parents, to her. And I was quite fortunate; my sister and I inherited quite a bit of furniture from her and this is one of the pieces I acquired.

APPRAISER:
Well, what you have is a golden oak expanding dining table, made 1890, give or take a few years.

GUEST:
Okay.

APPRAISER:
It's American.

GUEST:
It is American-made?

APPRAISER:
Yeah. In this particular kind of furniture, the more over-the-top it is, the better. This is the height of what I call a Historic Revival period. And in the best pieces, there's hand carving as well as machine carving.

GUEST:
Okay.

APPRAISER:
Okay? Like everybody loves these paw feet with the foliate carving coming back.

GUEST:
Yeah.

APPRAISER:
And all of this carving in here is done by hand. This was part of the wood. This, this scroll and these scrolls over here, those were put on after the fact. The other thing that's great about it is it's a big table. You know, it's wider. Some of these are only like 42 or 44 inches. I guess this one is probably 48 or 52.

GUEST:
62.

APPRAISER:
62 without the leaf.

GUEST:
Without the leaf. 62 diameter.

APPRAISER:
62. All right. That's really good. And it has three leaves. Oversized is really good for something like this. Now the other thing that attracts them to it is the fact that it has this beautiful tigering grain. That's why some people call it tiger oak. This is actually quarter song, and it's a veneer.

GUEST:
It is?

APPRAISER:
Yeah, but you know, that's the way it's supposed to be.

GUEST:
I'll be darned. I did not know that.

APPRAISER:
That's not a bad thing. Let's spin this around and look at this. Now we had a big discussion at the furniture table about this. When these were ordered new, they ordered how many ever leaves they wanted to use with it, and you have three one-foot leaves.

GUEST:
Correct.

APPRAISER:
But I think these are the right leafs. After much discussion, because look at the color. Now these are solid, these are not veneer. These don't have the tiger graining.

GUEST:
They don't.

APPRAISER:
But the leaves, I bet you were in stock, and they just ordered how many ever they wanted.

GUEST:
I did research this with my family. The leaves are original with the table. They were purchased at the same time, but yet they had no embellishment and no bullnose.

APPRAISER:
Okay.

WOMAN: And I did add the bullnose.

APPRAISER:
Well, you know what? The bullnose is fine. I knew that was a new piece of wood, but let me tell you something. Value-wise these things are hot as a firecracker. It would bring at an auction $3,500, $4,500.

GUEST:
My aunt’s dream was to have one of her pieces of furniture on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.

Appraisal Details

Appraised value (2006)
$3,500 Auction$4,500 Auction
Event
Salt Lake City, UT (June 24, 2006)
Period
19th Century
Form
Table
Material
Oak

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