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    I found this at goodwill. Could you tell me if this is a sewing cabinet. The top lifts up.

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    It really looks like books staked on top of each other...maybe it was for a formal library in a home????
    It is a beautiful piece of furniture!

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    I'm not sure it is; but I bet you it will be, At least at my house it would be. It is lovely.

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    The two bottom drawers pull out.

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    Ahh.. maybe it is a floss caddy?

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    wow, it sure is pretty. I have tons of threads and flosses. yummy! :-D
    It can be anything you want it to be. I would definitely put it either in my sewing room or my bedroom for something special. slurp! :D

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    It's a Library Side Table..Susan is right! :)

    It's really pretty...it would have followed me home too!

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    Thanks, I've never seen one like this. I thought the side tables all had longer legs and was pushed tight against the wall.

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    Don't know what it was originally but sure is great :mrgreen: You can use it any way you want :wink: LOL

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    are those hinges on the back? do the other front drawers open? it might have been a secretary or a ladies' chest. what are the measurements?

    whatever it was, it wasn't made to go against a wall. the back is prettier than the front. imo.

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    The top lifts up and the two bottom drawers pull out.
    Its 20 inches high and 23 inches wide. I can't find any markings on it.

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    since it's it's so short, i think it may be a ladies' lingerie chest. she would keep her silkies and dainties in the drawers and her kid gloves and jewelry in the top. by opening the top, she could see exactly what accessories she wanted to use that evening. she might also have kept her cosmetics there. it would be only some lip color and powder. maybe some eyebrow color and a 'switch' if she had thin hair. the nicely-finished back would allow her to use it anywhere. sometimes in a room outfitted as a closet, or even the foot of her bed. men often slept in a separate, smaller room to give their wives more room and privacy. men were invited to share the bed when her 'time' was right. it was the chest of a financially comfortable woman, i believe. i had a very similar one when we furnished in antiques for the victorian house. we sold that and many other pieces
    when we moved.

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    What a gorgeous piece of furniture and a great find!!

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    Some type of Library table.
    It is a pretty piece!!!

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    I agree-a library book end-table. I would have taken it too. Great find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    since it's it's so short, i think it may be a ladies' lingerie chest. she would keep her silkies and dainties in the drawers and her kid gloves and jewelry in the top. by opening the top, she could see exactly what accessories she wanted to use that evening. she might also have kept her cosmetics there. it would be only some lip color and powder. maybe some eyebrow color and a 'switch' if she had thin hair. the nicely-finished back would allow her to use it anywhere. sometimes in a room outfitted as a closet, or even the foot of her bed. men often slept in a separate, smaller room to give their wives more room and privacy. men were invited to share the bed when her 'time' was right. it was the chest of a financially comfortable woman, i believe. i had a very similar one when we furnished in antiques for the victorian house. we sold that and many other pieces
    when we moved.
    dh disagreed with me. he thinks a salesman's sample for a blanket chest.

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    Don't know what it is but, looks beautiful to me and in such great shape. Use however you want.

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    Probably not a sewing table. Where would you put you feet and legs? :mrgreen:

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    Wow, beautiful piece, whatever it is.

    Butterflywing - I love that! I rather like the idea that it was for ladies dainties over the salesmen using it to hold blankets. I would think it would be too big for a salesman to take with him, unless he was a store owner and didn't travel.

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    furniture makers often showed samples and made to order. and there were traveling salesmen who went from town centers to town centers. what a way to make a living, huh?

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    I am going to the WRONG thrift shop!! You people find the BEST things!!

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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-42402-1.htm

    I emailed leigh from the antique road show and he emailed this

    It looks French 19th century --- other than that I cant offer much help,, Sorry! . Thanks, Leigh.

    This is starting to drive me crazy, I would really like to know what this is.

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    I'm sure you'll find the answer if you check around enough!

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    start going around to every antique store within one hour's drive and get a feel for how much they offer you. they'll double that price (at least) when they sell it.
    send the pics to the famous auction houses on both coasts. don't be shy. ask what you have. ask if they're interested in auctioning it. if they think you have something they'll tell you. they want the commission. they may or may not tell you what price to expect. that changes in every market. decide what you want to hold out for. keep in mind what the antique stores told you, your own wear and tear, shipping charges, aggravation, etc. you also have to give them a commission. if you ask nicely, they'll help you if they can. they'll at least walk you through the process. if you live close enough to the coast, either one, it would be better to drive in and show it in person. always, always make appointments in advance. sometimes they will hold it in storage waiting for enough of the right items to hold a sale. for example, they may have ten other minis, but they're waiting for thirty because they have a private list of collectors. for 'special' items, they know who the collectors are and when they have the right sale they contact those people. those collectors will pay the highest prices to add to their collections. on the other hand, the good auction houses may not even want it. then you might want to sell to the antique store that gave you the best price, or keep it for it's oddity value. you won't know unless you start with a photo. if they show interest, offer to bring it over, if it's within a reasonable distance. see what happens. don't, don't, don't tell them what you paid. if they ask, you inherited it. you kind of did, anyway.

    have you checked out any books at the library? there are many. be honest with yourself about the condition.

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    it sure is pretty

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