Furniture Appraiser in New Jersey

leah_1216August 4, 2008

I have a very pretty pedestal drop leaf end table with fixed drawer front - in cherry, i believe. It has a high gloss finish with banding. A woodworker doing some carpentry work in my home believes the markings on the piece indicate it is from the 1800's. I'd like to find an independent appraiser to look at the piece. I live in northern NJ. Any suggestions? Also, is there a general fee structure paid to appraisers. Thanks!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Why do you want it appraised? If you want to sell it, ask an antiques dealer what you can expect to get for it...ask several. if it's for insurance, unless it's something very rare it's most likely not worth as much as your refrigerator....unless you have a very old refrigerator!
There are lots of appraisers in North jersey, look in the yellow pages. Some are honest, some are not. Some charge a portion of the appraised value, those are not honest, other's charge per item, those don't know much and are not thorough, others charge by the hour, those will give you the most honest appraisal and take the time to do the research when dealing with unusual items.
Linda C

    Bookmark   August 5, 2008 at 12:15PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I can help you by telling you it's approximate value and it's history, but I'm not a licensed appraiser.
My shop is located in Morris County. We serve NJ from about the Jersey shore to NYC,CT,Long Island and points north.
send me your e-mail and info and I will call you.
There is absolutly no charge .

    Bookmark   August 5, 2008 at 8:06PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

First look at the underside of the top and run your hand over the wood.
If you feel some smooth rippling ( not saw marks), that probably means the piece was made by planeing, since early makers did not have saws.
That will help you determine the age of the piece.
If it is American, it's most likely before 1850. However, if it is European it could be much later, since European furniture makers often carried their old technics even into the 20th century.
I should add, that American pieces retain more value than Eurpean examples.
Good Luck!

    Bookmark   September 15, 2011 at 6:55PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

"since early makers did not have saws."
Really? All that stuff I read about 18th century woodworking tools like pit saws, bow saws, hand saws, keyhole saws isn't true? Who knew.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2011 at 11:53AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Question about Eastlake washstand that has two types of drawer joints
Hi. I recently purchased an antique washstand that...
Patricia Oliver
Not sure what it is
Would like to restore this piece. Not sure of the age...
Value of Crocker chair?
Can anyone tell me the value of this Crocker chair?...
camelback sofa
Hello there - could anyone help me to identify the...
Ideas about this vase/bottle?
Hello! I recently discovered this great forum and am...
Sponsored Products
International Caravan Barcelona Resin Wicker Patio Sofa with Cushions - 4251/SF-
$554.39 | Hayneedle
Dhurries Natural and Black Rectangular: 5 Ft. x 8 Ft. Rug
$300.00 | Bellacor
Elk Lighting Mela Satin Nickel & Yellow Blaze Glass Pendant
$88.00 | LuxeDecor
James Martin 72" Brookfield Double Cabinet Vanity - Antique Black
Modern Bathroom
St. Martin 3-pc. Outdoor Sofa Set, Patio Furniture
Fair Haven Coat Hook and Storage Bench Set
Brown Rochelle Swivel Armless Bar Stool
Zuri Furniture
Sealy Hybrid Trust Cushion Firm Mattress Set
$999.99 | zulily
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™