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Help with dining ta...

Help with dining table identification?  


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19/09/2016 5:34 am  

Hi there. I have recently started refinishing furniture so that I can stay home to help my daughter through some very tough teenage years.
I have searched every variation on the markings on this table, but cannot find anything helpful and I've been at it for hours now. I am new, and would love and appreciate your help in identifying this table, and perhaps helping me learn how you identified it - or where I should have gone for the answer.
I don't expect it's in the "antique" category, but perhaps vintage? I am so clueless. I don't even know where to start! The top is oak veneer, which is damaged. There are six legs, and an additional leaf.
I plan to refinish it, replacing the veneer and sprucing it up.
I would really appreciate any help you are willing to give me! And, thank you in advance! 🙂
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19/09/2016 6:15 am  

I believe it's an old Jacobean revival table, probably from the 30s or 40s. My parents got a used one just like that when i was a kid and I remember the veneer peeling up in places.
This forum's focus is mid-century modern and contemporary design but there are probably groups that can tell you more about antiques and vintage furniture from before the 50s. Good luck with it!

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19/09/2016 7:47 am  

As Spanky said this forum concentrates on modern design so probably won't be able to tell you much about a table of that style.
According to my friend who has been in the auction and antique trade for decades the market is very tough for even the authentic antique pieces from 1700-1850. But the piece you have could be esp tough (when it comes to putting the money and time into refinishing for resale) because it's a vintage reproduction of Jacobean revival style.
There were many American furniture companies producing imitation antique styles from 1880-1950. Your best bet may be old Sears catalogs (pre-1940) they carried a lot of the various antique style furniture from a large variety of makers - and you may be able to find it in there. (Also you can probably get a copy of a old Sears catalog reprints at your local library)
Just consider carefully what you decide to buy and invest in redoing because the market is very difficult for these older heavier traditional styles of furniture at the moment - and there are a lot of them out there. The older people who tend to favor these styles usually already have a house full of furniture and aren't actively buying.
Though I do not personally care for it I have noticed a booming trade at the flea market and antique mall booths of middle to low end vintage furniture being painted white and/or bright pastel colors with common household paint. I watched in astonishment as one lady doing this at a antique mall I check regularly went from one booth to the entire back row of the place doing just that. It's relatively easy to do and seems to attract a significant amount of younger buyers looking for something other than cheap Chinese made furniture but still something fits their budget. I don't know where you are located, but it might be an idea worth looking into.

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19/09/2016 5:08 pm  

Hey, thank you both so much! I do apologize! I looked around and read through some of the posts, and did not (until just this moment) see that there was a request for no antique identification and to keep it to the styles you mentioned. I am sorry! I didn't mean to be "that person" who wouldn't play by the rules. I honestly just didn't see it!
So, thank you for taking your time to help me on something that I now understand is not your passion or forte. I appreciate your guidance and respect your advice very much!
Thank you, again! 🙂


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