New England Federal Candle Stand, ca. 1790

Value (2009) | $1,500 Retail

GUEST:
I found that at one of our local thrift stores here in Colorado.

APPRAISER:
And what did you have to give for it?

GUEST:
$6.99.

APPRAISER:
What attracted you to it? Why did you stop and want to buy this piece?

GUEST:
I love the wood and the scallops...

APPRAISER:
Uh-huh.

GUEST:
And the feet.

APPRAISER:
Now, the thing that I liked about it is everything that you liked about it. Including the price, okay?

GUEST:
Yes.

APPRAISER:
I love the wood, I love the scallop top, the delicate turnings, the very simple legs. One of the things I really like about this is it's made of curly maple. And you can tell that because look right here. You see that?

GUEST:
Yes.

APPRAISER:
That's the curl in it. This shaft is also made of curly maple. And if you run your hand across it, tell me what you feel.

GUEST:
Grooves.

APPRAISER:
It's a slight ripple.

GUEST:
Yes.

APPRAISER:
Well, when they're turning this or when they're cutting it, the grain keeps reversing, so you have a hard and a soft, an open and a tight. And so what happens is, the grain tears ever so slightly. So that's why you have the dark stripe and the light stripe. The interesting thing is, this doesn't look the color that most people think of for curly maple. They think of bright yellow, it's often called tiger stripe, and this is almost a kind of very deep red.

GUEST:
Yes.

APPRAISER:
Now, in the 18th and 19th century, they would take curly maple and they'd use dyes and stains to give it a kind of bright red, mahogany-like color, because mahogany was the most expensive wood. But this one has that great original finish that curly maple collectors so rarely get a chance to see. I think it was made in New England, that lower New England area. You see the curly maple in the Mid-Atlantic, but this scallop top, very specific to New England. When you see that scallop top, you're going to start at a date of about 1780 to about 1800.

GUEST:
Okay.

APPRAISER:
Now, it obviously has led a hard life.

GUEST:
It has.

APPRAISER:
We have stains here...

GUEST:
It was perfect before I got it home and put a plant on it. (groans) Is that what put the stain on it? Yes.

APPRAISER:
If it's a recent stain, it's possible we might be able to clean it up. There's a crack in the leg and a repair on the foot. Now, that doesn't help it, but I think if you were to put this in a nice shop, if I walked in and saw a price of less than $1,500, I would be shocked.

GUEST:
Yes.

APPRAISER:
And I could see it easily selling, with a little bit of repair done on that little surface and clean it up, maybe as much as $2,500, and of course if it hadn't broken a leg, we might even see it up around $3,000. So I think that's a pretty good investment for $6.99.

GUEST:
Yes, yes it is.

APPRAISER:
Well, thanks for coming to Roadshow.

GUEST:
Thank you. Wonderful. I love it. (chuckles) Yes! (both chuckling)

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
J. M. Flanigan American Antiques
Baltimore, MD
Appraised value (2009)
$1,500 Retail
Event
Denver, CO (July 25, 2009)
Material
Maple

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