How do I value furniture?


I have an old stickley table similar to the one in this picture:
http://www.angelikawesterhoffantiques.com/IM000839.JPG
It has some inlay work and a leather top. Any ideas on how I can find out the value of it? I don't have a story to go with it so I can't go on 'Antiques Roadshow'. It came with the first house I bought.
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RayV wrote:

That table in the picture is an oval form and the dealer wants ~$14K for it.

I didn't know that Stickley made any veneered drum tables (shows you what I know), but here it is, or at least something similar by Stickley: http://www.stickley.com/gallery/details.cfm?id $45&c9
Drum tables (that's what I think you have - a round top and it rotates) can be all over the map price-wise. In general, most drum mahogany drum tables are worth a few or several hundred at auction. Stickley's crafstman style stuff is off the charts, but I don't believe that's the case with most of their other style furniture.
What will you use the value for? Insurance purposes or are you going to try and sell it? Here's what's sold recently on eBay (note that other people might not have listed it as a drum table - I'll leave the search refinement to you): http://search-completed.ebay.com/drum-table_W0QQamp ;sspagenameZhQ3ahQ3aadvsearchQ3aUSQQcatrefZC5QQfclZ4QQfisZ2QQfromZR32QQfrppZ200QQfsooZ2QQfsopZ3QQsacatZQ2d1QQsbrsrtZd
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It is similar to the one you linked to on the Stickley site, but the top doesn't rotate. It has no wheels and one drawer.
I would probably sell it if it was worth a lot of money, otherwise it can just sit there with whatever bowl or lamp SWMBO puts on it.
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What do you mean by "old Stickley" ? Old (traditional 1900-ish Gustav-style) couldn't be further from that piece. The modern Stickley company are making similar stuff, but it's certainly not "old" - nor is it fetching the proces that genuine old Stickley does.

You talk to someone local who knows furniture and can physically see it, and then they tell you.
Why do you think it's Stickley ? Is it marked ? Does it have any of Stickley's characteristic design features ? Is it listed in one of the Stickley catalogues (reprints are a few bucks - if you don't have one, you're really not doing your homework on this table).
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Hey Andy, Maybe you can help me out.You mentioned Stickley catalogues but going to thier site reveals about 14 choices and I am truely at a loss here.I was recently given a chair to sell at a yard sale. The chair belonged to my grandmother so there is no question as to it's age....at least 70.It is a small scale side chair with a thin thin back containing a heart shaped cut- out.Stamped in the wood on the underside of the seat are the words....Stickley,Fayetteville,Syracuse along with the number 5. There are also 2 sets of 4 digit numbers in a greenish ink but they are nearly unreadable. I am no antique buff. I only know not to sell anything at a yard sale that looks antique, before investigating it. Any help or guidance is appreciated.
Thank You,
Bean
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Got any pictures ?

Fayetteville is the other brothers L & JG Stickley (still going today), rather than the more fashionable Gustav. They were both in Syracuse, but Gustav a few miles away from Fayetteville in Eastwood.

Heart-shaped cutouts are interesting. They're more usually associated with Limbert or Roycroft than Stickley, but the _very_ early (1898) Gustav pieces like the Celandine table used it as a motif. Later "Quaint" period Stickley after the peak of the Craftsman era also used it. Your chair is probably one of these.
So, not one of the prime period or manufacturer pieces, but still highly desirable.

"5" is probably a maker's or inspector's number and there could also be a 3 or 4 digit pattern number on there.
Stickley is all pretty well documented. Many of the styles are still in production today, preserving their original pattern numbers. There's also a vast amount of information around, both in books and on the web. Dover Pres have some good titles, including reprinted old catalogues.
It's also worth looking at the on-line sites of real auction houses - not that other place. Try searching through Treadway Gallery, webteek.com and similar - they have lots of photos on-line and you might recognise it.
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Andy,
I do have pictures. Can I e-mail them to you? I appreciate your help and you certainly have provided much more info than I have been able to glean from anybody else and I have yet to take the chair to any antique dealers as I'm trying to have an idea of what I have here.
Thank you, Bean
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Can't promise anything, but I'd certainly be interested to see them.
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Andy,
I've e-mailed some pics to the above address.
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I'd call that a Duncan Fife style table.
In this case, the Stickley name adds little or no value to the piece.
If it's doing a good job of holding up lamps and bowls, keep it in the job.
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When did you buy that first house? Prior to 1970?
I grew up with a table just like that (color, apparent size, no wheels, just one drawer, same hardware)....and ours came from the S&H Green Stamps store, in the late 1950s or early 1960s. I don't think that top is leather, is it? Ours wasn't.
Ours wasn't Stickley...and that's not an example of "the" Stickley.
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