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How much is my antique dresser worth?

Have you recently inherited or purchased an antique dresser and want to know its value? Mearto provides quick and affordable online appraisals of antique dressers. All you have to do is click on the “Start Appraisal” button above and follow the steps to send us information about and images of your antique dresser. One of our qualified and experienced specialists will review and get back to you with a fair market and insurance value, typically within 48 hours. Have questions about the valuation provided, or would you like some advice about selling your antique dresser? We are here to help! Our platform allows you to chat back and forth with a specialist to ensure that all of your questions are answered.

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How are antique dressers valued?

Antique dressers are one of the most collected items among antique furniture pieces. They can be used for display purposes or for their functional purpose, which is to store personal items. The style value that it adds to your home is one of the reasons why it is highly valued. If you are trying to sell them and get a good price, you need to authenticate them to ensure that they are truly antique.
 
The age of the antique dresser is the number one factor that appraisers need to know when valuing an item. Antique isn’t just about being old; you need to determine exactly from which period the dresser was manufactured from. This will enable you to determine the closest possible value for the antique item. An antique dresser made in the 16th century will be priced differently than ones made in the 18th century.
 
The material is also important in knowing its appraised value. Majority of antique dressers are made of wood. Therefore, the value will vary according to what type of wood was used. Antique dresses made with oak or cherry are the most expensive kind. You can also find antique dresses made with metal fittings, gold, or brass.
 
The level of craftsmanship in antique cabinets and other antique furniture can add to its value. The specific type of design is therefore looked into during appraisal. The type of design can showcase the craftsmanship and skill of its maker. When it is in good condition, too, the prices can really go up.

What are the different types of antique dressers?

  • Queen Anne: This is a type of antique dresser that was prominent in the early 18th century. Its style is best known for having multiple curves, graceful frame, and scalloped carvings. You will find Queen Anne dressers made with different types of wood such as oak, mahogany, and maple.
  • Art Deco: This is one of the most popular and sought-after styles of antique dressers. They were especially popular in the early 1900s. The Art Deco design originated in Paris and incorporated geometric shapes into its design. Hence, Art Deco antique dressers are known for its bold designs.
  • Chippendale: This style of antique dresser was named after the popular cabinet maker Thomas Chippendale. One of the key features introduced by the famous cabinet maker is a portable mirror placed on top of the table. It also features ornate carvings, curved legs, and two sets of drawers.
  • Victorian: Victorian furniture is best known for its elaborate designs. Hence, you can expect the same with antique Victorian dressers. Other notable features include rich upholstery and intricate carvings. Even the legs of antique Victorian dressers have lavish carvings in them.

What are the different styles of antique dressers?

The style of the antique dresser is different from the type. The style refers to the individual features of the dresser itself rather than the distinctive design approach of its maker.

One of the distinctive aspects of the dresser style is the presence (or absence) of glass or mirror. The decision to add the glass or not is based on preference. For practicality sake, some would prefer the glass so the objects inside the dresser are visible without the need to open it.
 
The style of the door in the antique dresser is another feature that establishes a distinction. Other factors that determine the style of antique dresser include a chest of drawer, doorknob, and frame.

Are antique dressers often "signed" by the maker?

Antique cabinet makers like to leave their signature into their design. This is also known as the maker’s mark. This is a highly important feature for serious antique collectors. Knowing that a particular piece of furniture was made by a famous furniture maker will cause its value in the market to go up!
 
To check for a signature, you need to do a thorough inspection of the furniture itself. The location of the signature or mark will vary. Hence, it is important to check the back, bottom, or sides. The type of signature will also vary, on top of its position. Some signature are carved or engraved, while the others are printed via ink.
 
When you find the signature, you need to consult with an expert. It is also recommended that you obtain documentation for the antique item. The mark must be verified and authenticated first. The expert appraiser can give you a written current value for the item that can be used for selling your antique item.

Lindsey

Lindsey Bourret is the Managing Director at Mearto. In addition to overseeing the daily operations of the business, she also enjoys sharing her extensive knowledge of the fine art and antiques market with our customers through our website, blog, e-newsletter and social media accounts.

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