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Treasure Hunt 7/17/2018


07/25/18



 Dear Donna,

This bench has been with us for many years. My dad gave it to me in the early 1960s and it was given to him by his boss. I believe it had a cushioned seat at one time.
We are in the process of stripping it and plan to stain it and replace the cushion. There are no markings on the bench. Can you tell me anything about it?
John from Raymond
 
Dear John,
What you have is a settee or, as you can see, a smaller sofa, like today’s loveseats.
Settees were meant for two people to sit on. Yours is from the late 1800s or early 1900s. You are right, it did have a cushion over the springs at one time. The wood looks to be walnut or mahogany. If you look at the top sides you can see the lion heads, and then at the arms it almost looks like the paws — again, a look from the Victorian era to early 1900s. 
Even though some were made fully upholstered as well, the most common style is like yours. They also in that time could have had a couple of matching chairs. 
Now being stripped down, refinished and reupholstered does change the value.  I think if you do the work because you want to use it, and it will be loved, then it’s worth it. 
The values on simply designed ones aren’t too high. I would say once it’s all redone it would be in the $200 range. But for all the work you are doing and reusing it again, I think it’s a treasure!
 
Donna Welch has spent more than 20 years in the antiques and collectibles field and owns From Out Of The Woods Antique Center in Goffstown (fromoutofthewoodsantiques.com). She is an antiques appraiser and instructor. To find out about your antique or collectible, send a clear photo of the object and information about it to Donna Welch, From Out Of The Woods Antique Center, 465 Mast Road, Goffstown, N.H., 03045. Or email her at footwdw@aol.com. Or drop by the shop (call first, 624-8668). 





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