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Curved Glass Curio Cabinet

Posted Tuesday, May 16 by Brian

Curved Glass Curio Cabinet.jpg Hi I hope this picture of my antique curio comes through this is not a reproduction and we were just wondering what the value of it is it has the claw feet and we think it is 1890's era is there a way to tell. Thank you for your time and sure hope you can help us. My name is Valerie


Your curved glass curio cabinet could be from the 1890's or the early 1900's. Unfortunately for us, manufacturer's didn't start and stop production of different styles on decade boundaries. More unfortunate is that every piece wasn't marked with the company that made it and the date. These were very common pieces of furniture in the late 1800's and early 1900's, and were made in a gazillion different styles, sizes and levels of quality.

Factors affecting the value include size, ornamentation, amount and type of curved glass, geography, and of course condition.

Yours looks to be about 5 1/2 feet tall. It has minimal ornamentation. I have seen them with lion's heads, fluted or spiral columns, and many have a small backsplash on top (some with mirrors). It is not uncommon for the top backsplash to be missing. Yours may have had one originally. Sometimes you will see the line across the back of the top where the splash was. Sometimes you will find holes on the top or back where it was attached.

Yours does have curved glass in the door as well as the sides. Less expensive pieces have flat glass in the door, and more expensive pieces can have double curved, sometimes called "S" curved, glass on the sides. I don't know where you are located, but in Chicago a piece like this would sell for about $600 give or take.

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