Antique hawaiian chair (4) proported to be from missionary times.

Oct 25, 2017. 15:49 UTC
Antique Hawaiian Chair (4) proported to be from Missionary times.
Edward
United States of America

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For sale
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Description

set of 4 chairs one of which has a label that it was reupholstered in the 1930's, condition many very small holes throughout the pieces, I am unclear if these were in the original wood, seems too fine for termites, however there is some obvious termite damage in other spots.

Provenance

A collector friend gave them to me during a job as He had no place to store them.

Answered within 1 day
Oct 26, 19:49 UTC
By Merlyn Haunstrup-Clemmensen

Fair Market Value

$200 - $400 USD

Insurance Value

$600 USD
What does this mean?

The condition of the chairs, as you point out yourself, is not very good. That will impact the potential resale value. The chairs are probably from early 20th century and the wood looks like the famous hardwood Koa. Which is a traditional material for furniture made in Hawaii. Furthermore termites are known to not prefer Koa wood.
Chairs like these would achieve a higher price at a local antique fair in Hawaii, than at an auction house. Possibly you will get the best price from a person that see the potential and want to repair some of the damages. Look for dealers that are specializing in Hawaii antiques. The items are old, original and you do not see many of these around.

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