Dating antique lane furniture
Your antique may be easily identified as belonging in one specific period by the style of the piece.
I bought a small -old I think it is a coffee table.
The value of your cedar chest depends on its condition, the local market and level of demand. The company is known for its famous antique cedar "hope chests," which were originally marketed towards young brides-to-be.
You can visit a local antique dealer to obtain an estimate of your cedar chest's value. Each prospective bride filled her hope chest with treasured items in anticipation of her future marriage.
I have an end table with "1863" stamped in white under the shelf, and a three drawer dressed stamped with "1700" in black on the back. Examine your furniture for markings or labels that identify the manufacturer, or a lot or patent number.
Starting in the nineteenth century, ranges of numbers were assigned to each year's new patents. Nails, screws and saws of different types and shapes came into use at different points in history.
The bottom of their chests also has the model # and serial number (which, read backwards, is the month, day and year it was made).
It's not a Lane cedar chest because Lane stamps/burns into the inside of their chests their name and a bunch of other info.
If you are in possession of an original Lane cedar hope chest, and wish to determine its current value, check e Bay to see how much your particular model is selling for at the present time.Again, if selling outright, you will likely get an offer around 0 to 0 and honestly, you would likely do just as well selling it yourself on a site like your local Craigslist.Please let me know if I may assist you further in any way.If selling to a dealer, be prepared to accept about 50% of retail at present.While the chests are of fine quality and sell very well in most regions, due to the economy overall and the costs of maintaining inventory, most companies simply cannot go beyond that on most items..you are consigning to the auction, most fees by auctioneers today cap at 25% of the sales price and are somewhat negotiable.