Victorian-era Solid Wood Oak European Hand-Carved Mirror
This is a professional appraisal report for Victorian-era Solid Wood Oak European Hand-Carved Mirror provided upon request. It contains a detailed description and evaluation of your Victorian-era Solid Wood Oak European Hand-Carved Mirror. This document also includes information about how to sell your item and about the valuation method we’ve used. Keep in mind that the appraisal value is only applicable to this particular unit and should NOT be understood as a general valuation of Victorian-era Solid Wood Oak European Hand-Carved Mirror. It is very important to understand this, as values can range from 100 to 100K depending on subtle details.
This report is designed to give you an appraisal value for the Victorian-era Solid Wood Oak European Hand-Carved Mirror you own, whether it is 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.
Description and history of Victorian-era Solid Wood Oak European Hand-Carved Mirror
This is a circa Victorian-era Solid Wood Oak European Hand-Carved Mirror.
First, to identify the mirror, I have used the shape and type of mirror. The main purpose of this mirror is to be used as a mantle. However, I think the design is recycled. The main idea of the design was to use it in the top part of a side board. The design was adapted to a mantle. You can see an example of this a similar sideboard in the picture below:
It was quite common to include a mirror on the top part of the side board, and I think that the design of the mirror is clearly inspired in this design. The shape of the mirror is really uncommon and I think it was custom made. At least, I can’t find any specific significance of the design.
So for the identification, we know this piece was a custom made order based in the design of a sideboard.
There is no paperwork or receipts to demonstrate the provenance. I have gathered information about the provenance of the style and type of wood used. The wood is tinted oak. It was very popular during the Victorian era in central Europe. So my best guess is that this piece was made in the northern part of Italy or the south of France.
To know the age of this mirror, we need to check how it was made. The best way, is to take a look at the bottom part of this piece.
Metallic parts can provide information about the age of furniture. For example, if a piece of furniture has brass hardware, it is likely that the piece is at least a few decades old. However, if the furniture has stainless steel hardware, it is likely that the piece is relatively new. Similarly, the type of metal used in furniture can also provide clues about its age. For example, wrought iron was commonly used in furniture during the 18th and 19th centuries. However, it fell out of favor during the 20th century and was replaced by other metals such as steel.
In this case we can see a combination of modern metallic hardware, circa late 20th century (flat screws) and nails from circa late 19thC early 20thC. In this case, I assume the most recent metallic parts are part of restoration of repairs. So in this case I can safely confirm this was made circa Victorian Era.
Victorian style furniture is characterized by its ornate, often highly detailed wood carving. This type of furniture was very popular during the Victorian era, when intricate designs and elaborate craftsmanship were highly prized.
Today, Victorian-style furniture is still sought after by collectors and those who appreciate fine craftsmanship. The Victorian style is, in fact, an eclectic style, a combination of several past styles (Provincial, Renaissance, and Barroque).
The carvings and joints on the furniture show that it is made of high-quality wood. The time and effort that went into making this furniture is obvious, and it shows in the final product. This furniture is built to last, and it will certainly add a touch of class to any home.
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How to sell it
Antiques, art, and other collectibles are difficult items to sell online. Selling Victorian-era Solid Wood Oak European Hand-Carved Mirror 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. You can create a website using Squarespace or WordPress. Use Shopify to sell via a website, POS and social channels. List your items on Bonanza.com, Facebook Marketplaces, or Amazon Marketplaces. If you don’t have time, I would recommend starting with Facebook, Etsy, and Amazon.
The key to selling antiques online 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’s authentic. Sellers should use a well thought out descriptive guide like this one. A good lead generation service should be helpful in establishing these relationships with online buyers, and an effective way to do this is through 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 will increase 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 in selling your antique. If your asking price is too high (fancy company stickers, missing parts, or chipped 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 the asking price 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 the following: 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, even decades, of enjoyment before their value appreciates significantly. Antique furniture, paintings, prints, and maps are not only useful works of art but also tangible assets. Their value in the market increases every year, making them great long-term investments for people who want to diversify their assets.