My daughter inherited this piece of furniture from the former tenants of the house she is renting at college. She doesn't want it and was thinking of putting it on Craigslist.
We don't know what it is called or what price she should ask. It's solid wood and in really good shape other than some worn paint.
Any suggestions on how to list this unit and for how much would be appreciated.
Too tall for an end table. Some sort of cabinet with two drawers and door.
If I was selling it I'd list it for $50 and take the first 20 anyone
offers. Reality is, I'd put it out with a "free" sign and be done with
it. Not worth my effort to sell it but I'm not a college student..
There was unofficial "trading" at various places I've lived. The idea
was to set stuff you didn't need near the community refuse area. I got a
bathroom stand I needed that way, and I gave away numerous items too.
Many 18-20 year olds don't have extra money to waste on "stuff". The
bathroom stand I borrowed is probably still in use by a student
somewhere, less than a mile from where I left it...lol
Well, since it has a door on it, I'd call it a cabinet.
It's evidently intended for some specialized purpose, since
it has the cubbies inside. Storing shoes sounds as good a
guess as any.
I think it falls into the "it's worth what someone will pay
for it" category.
If you want to make it worth more, go to Home Depot and get
a $5 cabinet door lock. People love things with locks.
Looks like an old Edison Cylinder cabinet. I would have thought phone
cabinet until I saw the cubbies inside. Too small for record cabinet.
List as antique. I would start price at $100 and take what I can get.
It's often recommended not to put a price on anything and wait to see
who bites. Check some of the sites on how to post on Craigslist.
If I had the room, I'd take it and redo it for myself as a headphone
and CD cabinet. Been promising myself I would find or make one for a
listening corner in the house.
It's unusual size and I don't know what, precisely, it might have been
intended for, but I'm virtually positive it wasn't/isn't an Edison
cabinet; almost universally they had either cylinder pockets for storing
the cylinders vertically or racks somewhat like a wine rack to hold them
on their side. The pockets are way too big; and I don't think the
drawers tall enough and I presume if they were anything but ordinary
drawers would have been noted and pictures with them open also shown.
It doesn't look _that_ old to me, either, but in today's climate
anything 50s or 60s or older would qualify as "antique"... :)
On Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 11:17:45 AM UTC-4, dpb wrote:
In fact, I did consider posting a picture of the inside of one drawer. One
of the drawers is indeed "ordinary", i.e. just a drawer with 4 sides.
The other drawer has dadoes cut into the 4 sides which at one time probably
held dividers. If I recall correctly, the drawer could be divided in 6
identically sized sections as 2 Rows of 3 when facing the drawer. If it's
not 6, then it's just 4. In either case, the dividers are no longer present.
I wonder if it could be a knitting cabinet as shown here:
There does not appear to be an organization method for the needles and I'm
not sure what the divided drawer would be used for, but I'm not a
Certainly the cross-cubbies would work but would work for quite a bit of
other things as well, and as you say, you'd think there would be some
more obvious arrangements for such. But, who knows?
Don't suppose there are any manufacturer marks or the like...
On Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 12:40:08 PM UTC-4, dpb wrote:
My daughter found a partial label on the back of the piece:
The label reads Salmanson & Baumritter, 1107 Broadway, New York, NY
According to the link below, Sam Salmanson and Ted Baumritter were partners in
"a little selling business...and they sold unfinished furniture and other
houseware items." The business was essentially a drop-shipment jobber business,
not a manufacturing business.
According to the text of the interview with Nathan Ancell, Baumritter's next
partner, Salmanson & Baumritter parted ways in 1932. That indicates to me that
the piece dates back to no later than the early '30s, making it an antique.
Unfortunately, the label doesn't help in determining who made it, only who sold
it. The piece appears to be numbered, but the label is ripped and hard to read.
BTW...The T. Baumritter Company eventually evolved from a drop-shipment company
into the furniture manufacturer we know today as Ethan Allen. I found the
following interview absolutely fascinating. Nathan Ancell relates all of the
changes the company went through over years, including the WW-II period when
they made coffins and crosses for the Navy. They also made life rafts for the
Liberty ships and then struggled to stay in business after the war end as they
transitioned back to a company that manufactured civilian goods. Nathan
describes how the concept of the Ethan Allan galleries was developed and how
his company changed the furniture business.
That is interesting; I'd never delved into history of E-A and hadn't run
into S&B. It's in excellent shape for the age (altho, of course, 80-90
isn't _that_ old, but a lot of stuff has been sorely abused long before
then it its lifetime).
I still don't know what one would call it; while it's a long shot if one
could find any old S&B catalogs online that'd be a shot at identifying
it. No idea how they marketed so whether there were such to find I
don't know, either...
Is there an antique consignment shop available where the piece is that
you might trust to do a reasonable job of selling it for your daughter,
perhaps? _Might_ get to a more attune market that way than just random
Craigs List bargain hunter...and a knowledgeable person just _might_
even know what it is... :)
That date would put it before the era of built-in bathroom
vanities, so I think whoever it was suggested it was a
washstand or bathroom cabinet was likely right. The cubbies
would be for holding towels before use.
Wouldn't be a bath towel, just a hand towel. Haven't you
ever seen a washstand? Usually there's a basin on top, and
a pitcher (an ewer) of water; the idea is to clean the hands
and face, not the whole body.
But, this cabinet could be something else completely...it's
just a guess, based on the size and timeframe.
On 08/26/2015 7:07 PM, DerbyDad03 wrote:
OK, showed your picksures to the missus who's got a lot of time-in-grade
in anteeky stores -- she's in agreement it's a somewhat odd piece given
the dimensions. Her opinion was if it weren't for the cubbies it'd be a
pretty good bet as a lingerie chest; with 'em she's also at a loss for a
guess at a specific-function...
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