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Victorian Walnut DR Table & 12 Chairs

Posted Thursday, May 04 by Brian

I have a Victorian dining table that has six leaves with the original storage racks. It is 52 inches in diameter with no leaves and the leaves are 14 inches in width. I have been told it is circa 1860. I also have 12 dining chairs (including two captains chairs) that are with the table. They are in very good condition except that two chairs need a bit of work to restore them. What can you tell me about them and how much do you think they are worth? Thank you. Mark
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What a great set! The table and chairs probably date from around 1875. The style of the chairs is definitely Eastlake and the table is somewhat transitional from Renaissance Revival to Eastlake. I actually think this style of table was probably made over a 10-20 year period starting in the 1860's. The style of the chairs probably starts in the 1870's and also were likely made for 10 or 20 years. Assuming they were purchased at the same time, I put them in the 1870's.

We found the same table on the web site of a Southern Illinois dealer, priced at $6,500 and marked SOLD. It was only 48" and had 5 leaves. It may have sold for full price or may have been discounted. We will never know for sure.

The chairs are great, primarily because you have a set of 12. Sets of 12 matching chairs are very scarce. On the downside, 2 need some work, and whoever buys them will want to replace the 1970's Naugahyde. After being restored and recovered these chairs would likely sell in the $6,000 range. So, in an upscale retail environment, your set is worth about $10,000 to $12,000.

I wouldn't spend all that money yet. Selling a very large and expensive set can take a long time and has expenses associated with the sale. You may incur restoration, advertising, transportation, and commission costs to realize this sets full potential.

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