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    Posted 7 years ago

    GKnight38
    (5 items)

    My grandmother had this hexagon table in her home for as long as I can remember. It appears to be handmade. You can see handwritten marks, random nails and none of the hardware matches. The legs are not exactly the same circumference and wood is lifting and cracking. Can someone tell me what they think? Is it of value maybe? Thank you

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    1. Manikin Manikin, 7 years ago
      Antique and what is lifting is the thin veneer that was glued on years ago when it was made . Veneer is a thin slice of wood that could make table look like it had that type of wood without expense of buying full piece of that lumber . It looks correct to me . The veneer maybe you can re glue it doesn't look to damaged . By design on veneer looks to be 1920's Table or there abouts . Nice . With a little work it will look great . Factory made . Look under top and maybe there is a makers name on it ,
    2. GKnight38 GKnight38, 7 years ago
      Thank you so much. I have never been interested in antiques until I've had to clean put my 95 year old grandmothers home. We always joked she was a hoarder. Haha. I'm so glad she was. I have found some amazing items.
    3. Manikin Manikin, 7 years ago
      Sounds like fun looking through things , Sorry that your Grandma's is gone . Maybe she left you some great finds !
    4. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 7 years ago
      No offense intended but the term "Antique" on this site is relative to what? If you go by the U.S. Government it has to be 100 years or more old and in original, unaltered condition. If you don't believe me try getting something through customs. That rule does NOT apply to automobiles as they are considered antique at 25 years or older.

      You have a nice piece but it may or may not be able to be restored. Old veneer is next to impossible to match. Mani is about right on the age and back then the veneer was normally glued and then heated with an iron to make it stick. Modern cleaning agents will eat away the glue and it will continue buckle and peel.
    5. GKnight38 GKnight38, 7 years ago
      Thank you for defining the term for me. Much appreciated.
      So according I your definition, if this was constructed in 1920's - 1930's then it ifs your definition of an antique, correct?

      I am not a professional and as I stated, I am cleaning out my grandmothers home and this piece raised my curiosity. It appeared very old and not made by a manufacturing company. I do not want to get rid of something that has a history behind it.
    6. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 7 years ago
      That is not my definition, it is U.S. Customs definition. Some people on this site see anything older than they are as an antique. I meant no harm or insult but it pays to define what an antique is if you intend buying and collecting them. Never ever take a salesman's word for it being an antique, know what you are looking at before you open your pocketbook.
    7. GKnight38 GKnight38, 7 years ago
      I agree. I have never had an interest until now. To learn the history behind the piece and know each one has a special story is fascinating to me. My grandmother kept everything. So I definitely have some learning ahead of me. I have a feeling she has some gems in her home. I've already found a 1911 Elgin Railroad Pocket Watxh that is still working.

      Thanks for your advice.
    8. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 7 years ago
      Old items, vintage or antique are like playing poker. Never show your hand or tell what you have. Grandma's age has nothing at all to do with your item. The age of her house has nothing to do with the item. I hope this makes sense. People and places only mislead research. Post each item for it's individual attributes without the added extras.

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