Ask Antique Trader: Library table may sell for $700

This week we feature one subscriber’s request for the value of an unusual table decorated with a trio of daisies. JustAnswer appraiser Randeen M. Cummings Nelson shows us the table’s eclectic style is decidedly European … and desirable. – Editor. 

Without any written information, I am going to make some assumptions. You have a lovely Honduras mahogany table in original finish that (from the raised pad feet) appears to be European. The strong grain suggests fine mahogany rather than walnut. The table is quality machine made and probably dates circa 1920-1930s. This assumption is based on the eclectic mixing of styles and if the enameling on the Rococo style floral handle is original. If not, it may be a little older.

The table is a library table with a central drawer or, due to its narrow shape, may have been used as a sofa table.

In fine original finish and condition you should insure your table for an estimated $1,200 to $1,500. If you wish to sell your table at auction or to a dealer, it is realistic to expect a result from 1/2 to 1/3 of the insurance replacement (retail) value.

Randeen M. Cummings Nelson is the principal at Cummings & Associates Personal Property Appraisal Services of Eugene, Ore. (541-345-5856). A speaker, writer and certified appraiser through the International Society of Appraisers, she operated her own antiques shop, Victorian Parlour Antiques, and  formerly managed the Coburg Inn Antique Shops of Coburg, Ore. She is an instructor on American Brilliant cut glass and has been featured in many antiques-related publications. In addition, Nelson works at JustAnswer ( as one of thousands of experts in more than 150 categories (including antiques and collectibles) who provide fast and reliable information to users.

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