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Posted 6 years ago


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Hi everyone! I bought this beautiful table, love it, so excited and proud of my "find"...but it's slightly too short, maybe 1.5 to 2 inches (it DOES have casters, very nice, work perfectly) I was trying to figure out how to raise the table, and everyone I've asked says "don't mess with it until you get it appraised". I think that's great advice, but a pro appraiser wants at least $100 to come to my house and look at this thing. I'm not so sure I want to do that, yet.
Can anyone tell me anything at all about this table, (ie circa, possible wood, style)? Can anyone give me a ballpark as to how much I could sell it for? If it's worth significantly more than I paid for it, maybe I should just sell it and buy something that fits my needs, maybe a slightly taller pedestal table with just 1 leaf, instead of 3. Yes, 3 leaves, which makes the table comically large (in my opinion), but, you never know, maybe I'll lose my mind one day and invite the whole family over for dinner:) I would greatly appreciate any info you might be able to offer me.

I took a bunch of additional pictures, I could email you a link to my photo page.

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  1. Pop_abides Pop_abides, 6 years ago
    I'm confused, do you want to sell this or not ?
  2. Alicali Alicali, 6 years ago
    hi Pop_abides,
    Thanks for your comment. I'm not quite sure if I want to sell it or not. Basically, if I can raise this table by a couple inches without doing permanent damage to it, then I would probably keep it. For example, I was thinking that maybe I could take the top off, add a 2 inch thick wooden block to the top of the pedestal, drill holes in the block to match the original bolt holes, and then use longer bolts to re-attach the table top. I realize that what I've described might not be a good idea, that's why I've asked for advice. If someone tells me "This is a beautiful table worth $???, you should leave it alone or you might really take away from the value of it," then I would probably just try to sell it. However, if someone were to say "yeah, your idea would work, and it wouldn't ruin the table," then I'd probably keep it. I'm also just looking for some info on the table. Any idea of when it may have been made? What is the "style" of the table (regency, federal, etc), what kind of wood (mahogany?)
  3. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 6 years ago
    I can't see the picture clearly (shadow) but the caster looks like it has a set screw on the collar. If that is the case, you may be able to raise the table by simply extending the shaft of the casters.

    The spacer wood on top of the pedestal is a common means of elevating the top. You didn't mention the height but it is possible that a previous owner removed a spacer or cut the pedestal down.
  4. Alicali Alicali, 6 years ago
    Ok, I FOUND A MAKER'S MARK! Woohoo, finally. It says Old Colony Furniture company. It must be from the early 50's.
  5. lundy lundy, 6 years ago
    well hi im a carpenter i could help you adjust it .if i have a chance to go to foxwoods
  6. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 6 years ago
    From the early 50's??? Interesting assumption.
  7. Alicali Alicali, 6 years ago
    I found a listing for an auction house that sold the same table for $1900, and it said "1950's", that's all I was basing the assumption on. The company was started in 1946. I guess it could have been made later, I just can't find the pedestal design anywhere else (except the place I saw it at today).

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