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Antique tables are highly valued among furniture buyers and antique collectors. Tables, like chairs, are one of the oldest pieces of furniture known to man. They come in various styles that also determine their use – either functional or aesthetic. If you have inherited an antique table and wish to sell it, you must consult an expert regarding its value. But to give you an idea on how value is determined, you can learn about which factors affect its valuation. 

What Makes Antique Tables Valuable?

To the untrained eye, all tables are the same. But antique tables differ in terms of several factors, such as the age, rarity, condition, and desirability. Any or all of these factors could cause the value of antique tables to go up or down. 

The age of the antique table adds to its value. Anything that is at least 100 years would be considered “antique”. However, some discriminating antique dealers would require items to be more than 150 years old. Therefore, the appraisal of your antique table will vary according to the discretion of the appraiser but you can use these guidelines as an idea.

Just because a table is old, it does not mean that it is valuable. The overall condition of the antique table is to be considered. It has to have all parts intact and in good condition. Some minor scratches or dents are fine; however, it shouldn’t affect the function or style of the antique table in question. 

The rarity of the antique table is one factor that can really cause the value to go up. When there is little of something in circulation, it is considered rare and therefore quite expensive. A rare antique table manufactured by a popular furniture maker can be even more valuable. In relation to desirability, rare pieces of furniture become more desirable in the eyes of antique furniture buyers and collectors. Since they are rare items, the law of supply and demand will apply and cause the item to rise in value.

Factors That De-Value Antique Tables

The uninformed individual might want an antique table to look good in the eyes of the buyer. However, attempting to repair or re-finish a piece of antique table could actually achieve the opposite – it will de-value the antique table. Altering the antique item by replacing some parts can also affect its authenticity. Before doing any work on the antique table, it is recommended that you consult an expert first. In case of minor scratches or imperfections, you can leave them as is as they also add to the authenticity of the antique furniture.

How do you determine the date of antique tables?

Dating antique tables can be a challenge depending on what type of table you have. There are several popular antique table styles over the years; some of them had been introduced at specific time periods. Therefore, identifying the style or type of table that you have can be the first step to know about its actual production date. 

Another way you can date an antique table is to physically search for its signature. This could be a stamp or mark on any part of the table that would indicate the manufacturer and date of its manufacture. If you can find this, you will be able to accurately date the piece of furniture.

Examples of Popular Antique Tables

Would you like to learn more about the different antique table styles? These are some of the ones manufactured over the years: 

  • Butler’s Table: Originating in the 18th century, this type of antique table was first used as a light and portable piece of furniture. It comes with a tray and folding stand. 
  • Console Table: Also known as pier table, this one is typically propped up against a wall. The side that isn’t facing the wall typically comes with ornate designs. 
  • Demilune Table: This type is named as such because of its shape – half-moon. This table is typically used for serving.
  • Kang Table: This type of antique table can be traced back to the 3rd century BC. It is characterized by a long rectangular shape with short legs. 
  • Pedestal Table: Introduced in England in the 18th century, the pedestal table comes with an oval or round top. 
  • Tea Table: Also originating in the 18th century in England, this is a small antique table with a rectangular and round top. This can also be folded and stored. It is usually taken for special occasions such as a tea party.
  • Pembroke Table: In the 1750s, this table was introduced in England. It is a small table that is portable and folds down on each side. 
  • Gueridon Table: This is another small table that was originally used as candle stands. They are often manufactured in pairs. This type of antique table was traced back to the 17th century.
  • Butterfly Table: This is a type of dining table that was first manufactured in the US in the late 18th century or early 19th century. It is named as such since the two braces of this table resemble the image of wings.

How to Care for Antique Tables

Antique tables need proper care and maintenance. Since the overall condition of the antique table is crucial for determining its market value, giving it proper care is a must. Damage from water and sunlight is the most common area of concern. The accumulation of dust and dirt is also one factor to consider; however, this can be easily managed.

What are parts of antique dining tables?

It is important to determine the parts of an antique dining table. As mentioned above, if you can sell the antique items in good condition (meaning, that the parts are intact), you can potentially get a higher price for it. Aside from the table tops and legs, there are other important parts that should be present in your antique table set such as the following:

  • Foot
  • Pedestal
  • Leaf
  • Hinges
  • Extender

The more pieces you have available, the better able you can get a good price for the antique dining table.

Buying/Selling Antique Tables

When you buy or sell antique tables, you must do so through reputed or well-known sites. The value of antique is quite expensive, regardless of what type of furniture it might be. The only way you can get buyer and seller protection is if you sell them through certified websites. Otherwise, you could end up getting an item that is just old for the price of an antique. Make sure that all items listed are certified and professionally appraised so you can peace of mind knowing the authenticity of the items in question. 

How to appraise your antique table

When appraising your antique table, call on a professional to have a look at it. Without their expertise, you could end up losing a ton of money on your item in terms of its actual market value. Only an expert appraiser can provide you with an accurate estimation of the cost of antique items in the market, especially with something as coveted as an antique table. Using the information provided above, they will be able to give you an accurate quotation of your antique furniture. You can get your antique tables or furniture appraised here at Mearto as we have experts who can check your items for authenticity and market value.

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