Drop-leaf tables are a type of table that comes with a mechanism for lifting or lowering the edge of the table. The idea behind such tables is to increase or decrease the surface area of the table, depending on where it is being used. For example, if it is a tight space or being used by a few people, the surface area can be reduced to provide for a better fit. The reverse can be done if there are more people using the table.
Since these tables have been around for centuries, there are many drop-leaf tables that are considered antiques. If you suspect that your drop-leaf table could be worth a lot, here are some tips on how to go about determining your antique drop-leaf table’s value.
Is It An Antique?
There are a number of ways in which you can determine if your drop-leaf table is an antique, even if value determination might be up to an expert. For example, by examining the edges of the table, you may notice that the table has saw marks. If the saw marks are straight, then it is likely that your table was made before the year 1800. If the saw marks are circular, then there is a high chance that it was made post-1800.
You also need to look at how the wood has aged. Even if the table looks beautiful, the wood needs to have an aged look. Apart from the wood, other materials used to build the table can give you an idea of when it was built. For example, if your table features hand-made hinges or square-headed nails, it may be a sign that the table is an antique.
Finally, if the drop-leaf table has any branding, labels, or stamps, you can use these to determine the age of the table from the internet or from an antique expert.
What Is It Worth?
Having determined that your drop-leaf table is probably an antique, the next question becomes one about worth. There are a number of ways to determine the value of an antique. We are going to start with the most sure-fire way and work our way downwards.
While this approach may require you to pay some money, it is the best way of ensuring that you get a full understanding of the value of your drop-leaf table. With their expertise and experience, antique valuers will be able to arrive at the most accurate value of your antique table. This allows you to price your precious antique correctly. It also makes it easier for you to insure it for the right value, minimizing any chances of loss.
When it comes to drop-leaf tables, the condition of the table is critical. While it must look aged, the value improves if all the mechanical bits are working properly. For example, when the drop-leaf mechanism is raised or lowered, do the moving parts operate smoothly? Does the raised ends of the table stay up when operated and so on.
Other factors to keep an eye on include any scratches, blemishes, or chipped areas. All these will affect the value of your drop-leaf table.