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!

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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
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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
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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
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"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
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