3 years ago#1
seanroe1
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Our family recently aquired a highboy from our grandfather. Our grandfather was an antiques dealer and purchased the high boy in the mid 1970's. It is thought to be dated mid 1800's and from the Philadelphia area. We have no way of verifying this except though our grandfathers word. I've attached a picture of the piece. The keyholes are mother of pearl and the drawer pulls are brass with a "sunflower" pattern in the center. The piece stands about 7' tall. There are no markings anywhere on the piece.

Any help on putting a value to it would be appreciated.

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3 years ago#2
Matty77
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Highboys are always fun! Yours is a little different from most I have seen. The crown top is fairly common (not the ornate gooseneck moldings that adorn most of them), but I don't recall seeing any with such short cabriole legs. The legs of most pieces from the Queen Anne era (including reproductions) are usually longer.

The mother of pearl keyholes are a nice touch, and I believe the sunflower-adorned pulls are somewhat unique as well.

The wood looks like cherry, which is the standard for this particular piece.

It can be difficult to date these, as they have been popular pieces since that era, and have been reproduced in some regularity ever since. Can you post some close-up pictures of the back, sides and drawer construction? This would be very helpful.

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3 years ago#3
Matty77
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I had a thought after I posted previously, and after researching further, I think that highboy style (repro or original - I can't tell yet) may be Chippendale. The legs are shorter and (your picture isn't very clear) I think may have ball & claw or paw feet.

I'll await your additional pictures.

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3 years ago#4
Probst54
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I can tell you in a heartbeat more if you have a photo of the reverse, inside a drawer and the dove tails.

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