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A Victorian/Edwardian Era Fine Quality SideBoard

  • Andres G 
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This belonged to my mother in law who joined us in Australia from Pretoria ,South Africa.
We do not have any other information. However we also have 4 dining chairs which can be dis-assembled and were used by an English army officer in the Boer war and possibility this cabinet is of that vintage.

A Victorian/Edwardian Era Fine Quality SideBoard

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This is a professional appraisal report provided upon request. The report only applies to this specific item, you cannot extrapolate this valuation to other similar cupboards. Each antique needs to be appraised individually, as the value can vary from 100$s to 10,000$s.

The report contains a detailed description and valuation of your antique. This document also includes information about how to sell your item, and about the Valuation method we’ve used.

This report is designed to give you an appraisal value for the antique you own, whether it is a furniture, china, glassware, or other types of antique or collectible items. The information provided will help you to understand your piece and its value. It also provides an appraisal value in US dollars, as well as how to sell it. This report is not intended to encourage you to sell your antique, rather it aims to provide information on your antique’s value so that you know what steps to take if you do wish to sell.

Our structured fixed fee is independent of the appraisal value, so we don’t have any cross-interest in overappraise. With this in mind, the appraisal given here can be used for insurance and tax purposes.

Description and history

First, we need to find the age of this furniture. The most realiable way to do this is using the metallic parts used. In general, furniture that were made past the Victorian Era (late 19th Century) have machined made metallic parts. They are characterized by a flat and smooth finish, high quality cuts and modern screw driver heads like Phillips-Head or Flat-Head screws. If the metallic parts are hand made, irregular and made of iron or poor alloys, the furniture was made in before 19th Century. If there aren’t any metallic parts, we should see no metallic parts at all, as they were too expensive to be used.

In your case, this furniture was made circa Victorian/Edwardian era, which represents the period late 19th Century, early 20th Century. I don’t think it is older because the glass door is modern, it isn’t stained glass. Also the quality of the furniture is really great, so it was made using recent machined techniques.

Regarding the style of the furniture, we need to take a look at all the ornaments, carved and shapes to know its style[source]. However, the furniture style isn’t a reliable indicator of its age. For instance, it is quite common to find Revival Furniture. Revival furniture is a term used to describe the revival of styles in furniture design, typically referring to designs from various historical periods. The most common way in which such styles are revived is by embracing design details and features associated with a particular period of the past.

The style of the furniture is Edwardian style. Edwardian furniture is often characterized by eclecticism instead of focusing on just one style or design. That’s because furniture makers during the Edwardian era sought to bring back designs from previous periods while incorporating new elements. That’s why you see it is a mix between Antique British Furniture and Colonial French.

The texture of the grain determines what kind of wood it is. A wood has an open, porous texture. Softwoods are usually smooth with no grain pattern while hardwood usually has an open pore structure that is quite rough and sticky. Hard woods are also denser than softwoods and are used in furniture making. In addition, they also have different chemical properties, so they respond differently to treatments like waterproofing, hightlighting and varnishing. To know the value of the furniture I check the wood type used.

The wood used in this furniture is mahogany wood.

In general I think this furniture would be a nice purchase for any entity or person looking to have a vintage solid wood furniture set. It would be a nice decorative piece, plus it can be a great investment. A vintage piece of furniture is more than an investment: It’s part of a rich history. Unlike a contemporary piece of furniture that loses two-thirds of its value at the time of purchase, an antique piece of furniture that has resisted the wear and tear of time increases in value as it ages. Over time, its value can double every 5 years, an average increase of 20% per year. [source]

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How to sell it

Antiques, art, and other collectibles are difficult items to sell online. This can take a lot of time. Be patient, but also make sure that the price you are asking for is the right one for your pieces of art. Consider the following tips on how to sell antiques and collectibles online. These tips will help maximize the price of your antique or collectible.

I would recommend selling it online, there are many ways to do this, for instance: Post an ad on Craigslist. Use eBay to sell antiques online. Post a listing on the Etsy marketplace. Sell with direct messages using Instagram. Create a website using Squarespace or WordPress. Use Shopify to sell via a website, POS and social channels. List your items on, Facebook Marketplaces or Amazon Marketplace. The higher number of ads the better, if you don’t have time, I would recommend to start with Facebook, Etsy and Amazon.

The key to selling antiques on-line is to let potential customers know that you know what you are talking about. It’s much more difficult to sell something when the potential buyer can’t be sure it is authentic. Sellers should use a well thought out descriptive guides, like this report. A good lead generation service should be helpful in establishing these relationships with online buyers, and an effective way to do this is through a classified ads. If a buyer asks for more information, giving them some valuable facts well ahead of time will get you more sales because your reputation increases and real customers are the ones who ask for more details.

In order to sell your Antiques online, you will need to create a profile on the relevant forum (Etsy, Amazon and FB). Make sure you add a high-resolution image of the product (include at least 3 detailed photos) and add some text. The text should be informative and straight to the point, nothing fancy or fluffy.

Asking price is a big factor to sell your antique. If your asking price is too high (fancy company stickers, missing parts, or chip paint) you are unlikely to get many bids. If the asking price is too low it will cost you money for repairs, shipping, and insurance. As a general rule, I would recommend setting an asking price that is 80% of the value of this report, so you will make the listing attractive from the beginning.

About the valuation method

This is a detailed report of the value of your piece. To determine the value the appraiser has considered the results from past auction sales. Keep in mind that the final price can be different from asking prices that you can find on the internet. You can see ads on the internet with different asking prices. However, a very high asking price doesn’t normally find cash from a buyer

That’s why our method comprises searching and comparing similar past sale results that had a buyer. That’s why we can provide an accurate estimation of this item.

To get an accurate valuation of your antique piece I considered: description, condition, and possible precious metal content. History, age, provenance, and the importance it has played in history are also considered. A crucial interest is a collector’s willingness to buy this piece. While some antiques are really collectible, others are really difficult to sell, and hence their value decreases.

Antiques can be a good investment. A piece’s year of manufacture, condition, rarity, and history can all influence an antique’s value.Antiques, when bought wisely and carefully, can provide many good years and even decades of enjoyment before their value appreciates significantly. Antique furniture, paintings, prints and maps are not only useful works of art but also a tangible asset. Their value in the market increases every year making them great long-term investments for people who want to diversify their assets.

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