Descriptive Analysis

Eight Chippendale mahogany armed dining room chairs, Cira 1749-1770, sitting around the long mahogany table with glass table top, graceful in appearance, each dining room chair has the vasiform crested rail, ear, lancet arch, pierced splat, stile quatrefoil, shoe, slip seat, side seat rail, knee, cabriole leg, and terminating in claw-and-ball foot. The Chippendale style was elaborate and often ornate. In general, the Chippendale style is masculine, somewhat baroque, but of excellent proportions. Thomas Chippendale period 1749 - 1770, the most famous of all English cabinetmakers, who lived from 1718 - 1779. (est.$20,000/$40,000). This estimate includes eight armed chairs and mahogany table with glass top in excellent condition.


Grandfather Clock 

Howard Miller (West Michigan),  Le Francais 610-942 Tall Case Clock

Late 20th Century, Mahogany case



Perception or Perspective

When our government began in North America importing from Europe was the norm. Most noticeable around 1830 the government started collecting duty on imports that are not newly manufactured. Only items made before 1830, carpets before 1700, and string instruments before 1800 are considered antiques by most federal government agencies. Items meeting these standards are usually allowed entry in North America on a duty-free basis. This period of time was the end of craftsmanship and the beginning of machine age. Well then, this is the legal definition of an antique and no way a complete answer to the above question.


In practical terms, “What is an antique?” becomes even more cloudy or vague. Most antique dealers consider it takes time. One hundred years or less than fifty years. Junk-shops handle any article of age. Yesterday-shops handle newer types of “vintage” antiques. In a few years infant antiques will begin to season and develop a vogue of their own. As they begin to secure a place in and among the modern antique world.


A good piece can be stored for a number years until it increases in value, just as a good investment bond does. Fashion and popularity often affect what is considered antique or not. Thus, antiques from 1850 to 1930 are now accepted in the centers of fashion, however, more goes into making an antique than simply age.  The question often asked by some is, “Why were some of these things saved at all?”  Many of them are unquestionably ugly.  However, even if we accept that age is no guarantee for good taste, it should also be remembered that, “Beauty often lies in the eye of the beholder” – thus blurring the line of good taste even further.


In addition to these aesthetic considerations, there are those who collect objects simply for their historical significance - beauty being of no consideration.  For these individuals the important aspect of the item in question may be its rarity or where it fits into the river of history.  Thus, there are at least three factors that can help an individual determine what comprises a true antique – beauty, rarity and historical significance.


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What’s in Your Attic – Crawl Space – Garage storage space? Retro Toys, Antiques or Vintage Furniture?

So the question is - What is Old?

Whether it is a work of art, a vintage toy or an old chair, the collectibles market has never been stronger. Record breaking prices for the most common things found in your household have become a regular occurrence since the COVID lockdowns, and the resulting boom in online auction sales since the start of the pandemic does not look to be slowing down. Antiques, vintage objects, modern design and even old toys could be worth a lot these days and it’s worth looking around your garage or attic to see what you’ve got. 

Mickey Mouse - Disney is on the upswing of being popular at antique stores. You need to consider MM is over 80 years old.

Where are your marbles? Get them out of storage and have them evaluated. You will be surprised. Marbles come in different sizes. Size matters with color, texture, pontil marks, swirls in design, inside and outside colors, and animals in a clear marble. In the original box, bags and with playing boards. Be careful who evaluates marbles. Reach out. Send pictures. I can direct you to possible buyers.

Now is the time to reach out and ask the 


If anything of your finds are of “Sentimental Value” to the beholder, I cannot be of help to you! There is no value good enough to be able to affix a price to that item.

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As "baby boomers" age and start to move into smaller residences, there are plenty of other people needing the services of a certified appraiser as well, from those getting divorced, to siblings inheriting antiques from deceased parents or relatives, or even something as simple as an individual relocating from one job to another. The key factor in almost all of these situations, is that people are now farming-out and losing-out the disposing of unwanted goods and chattels.

Most categories of families are going to be concerned with the "valuable" items they have, which more often than not, are going to be antiques and collectibles. This is where the expertise of a certified appraiser can come into play, as my credentials will signify to you that I am a member of an educational organization, but also that I have received formal training and knowledge-based studies in the field of antiques and collectibles. I abide by a professional code of ethics.