Victorian Furniture Identification and Price Guide

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    Identifying and Valuing Victorian Furniture

    Victorian Parlor Furniture
    Victorian Parlor Furniture. CC0 Creative Commons

    For quite some time Victorian furniture was perennially popular with decorators and collectors alike, especially accent pieces such as tables, side chairs, and decorative accessories. Interest has cooled some in the recent past as decorating interests have turned to Mid-Century Modern and other styles.

    Even so, certain Victorian pieces by makers like John Henry Belter and Mitchell & Rammelsberg still command very good prices. Most of the furniture pickers run across at estate sales and the...MORE like was not made by these high end manufacturers, however. The pieces shown in this guide are the more run-of-the-mill Victorian pieces you will encounter. 

    Use this guide to help you identify your furniture as Victorian in styling, and see what similar pieces have sold for at auction.

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    Victorian Wash Stand

    Wooden Victorian Wash Stand
    Wooden Victorian Wash Stand. Photo courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    This Nicely accented Victorian wash stand with painted panels has a back shelf attached to the stand that coordinates with paint scheme. Front doors open to reveal shelving area. Condition was listed by the auction house as good to very good. Measurements are 35 1/2" x 29" x 15".

    This pieces sold for $210 (Morphy Auctions - 2/12). Note: Selling price quoted does not include buyer's premium.

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    Victorian Oak 4-Door China Display Cabinet

    Victorian Oak 4-Door China Display Cabinet
    Victorian Oak 4-Door China Display Cabinet. Photo courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    This Victorian oak 4-door china display cabinet has the original finish with leaded and stained glass doors. Condition was listed by the auction house as excellent.

    It sold for $1,080 (Morphy Auctions - 10/11). Note: Selling price quoted does not include buyer's premium.

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    Victorian Upholstered Love Seat

    Victorian Love Seat Price or Value Guide
    Ca. 1880 Victorian Love Seat. - Morphy Auctions

    This reupholstered Victorian love seat (as described by the auction house), is in excellent condition overall. Measures 66" long.

    This piece sold for $234 (Morphy Auctions - 8/09). Note: Selling price quoted does not include buyer's premium.

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    Walnut White Marble Top Victorian Table

    Ca. 1880 Walnut Marble Top Victorian Table. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    This Victorian table has a turtle shaped top with black-veined white marble. It was accessed by the auction house to be all original and in excellent condition. Measures 30" x 40".

    This piece sold for $632.50 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08). Note: Selling price quoted does not include buyer's premium.

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    Victorian Child Size Carpet Rocker

    Ca. Late 1800s Victorian Child's Carpet Rocker. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    This turned maple rocker with carpet seat and back was made by National Chair Mfg. Co. of Elbridge, N.Y. Measures 25" high. Condition was reported by the auction house as very good.

    This rocker sold for $115 (Morphy Auctions - 10/08). Note: Selling price quoted does not include buyer's premium.

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    Marble Rectangle Top Victorian Antique Table

    Ca. Late 1800s Marble Top Victorian Antique Table. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    This Victorian table with rectangular top has a few scratches on the white marble top, but is otherwise in excellent condition. Measures 30" tall. 

    It sold for $143.75 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08). Note: Selling price quoted does not include buyer's premium.

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    Victorian Upholstered Chairs

    Ca. Late 1800s Victorian Upholstered Antique Chairs. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    This lot of two upholstered armchairs with carved fruit and leaf decoration is in very good condition. The largest measures 44" high.

    The lot for $402.50 (Morphy Auctions - 11/08). Note: Selling price quoted does not include buyer's premium.

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    Marble Top Victorian Table with Finials

    Ca. Late 1800s Marble Top Victorian Antique Table. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    The white marble top on this Victorian table exhibits a few scratches, but is otherwise in excellent condition according to the auction description. It measures 30" tall.

    It sold for $287.50 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08). Note: Selling price quoted does not include buyer's premium.

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    Victorian Mahogany Antique Bookcase

    Ca. 1880 Victorian Mahogany Antique Bookcase. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    This Victorian mahogany bookcase has glazed sliding doors enclosing adjustable shelves flanked by lion carved pilasters above two drawers supported by paw feet. It measures 64" tall x 43 3/4" wide.

    This piece sold for $805 (Morphy Auctions - 11/08). Note: Selling price quoted does not include buyer's premium.

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    Walnut Marble Top Oval Victorian Table

    Ca. 1880 Walnut Marble Top Oval Victorian Table. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    This walnut table has white marble top with mild stains over an elaborately carved base. Even with the stains, the auction house described this piece as being in excellent condition. Measures 40" x 30".

    Sold for $575 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08). Note: Selling price quoted does not include buyer's premium.

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    Marble Top Antique Victorian Table - Rectangular

    Ca. Late 1800s Marble Top Antique Victorian Table. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    This rectangular table with white marble top with black veins was reported to be in excellent condition. Measures 30" tall.

    It sold for $143.75 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08). Note: Selling price quoted does not include buyer's premium.

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    Victorian Walnut Towel Holder and Mirror

    Ca. Late 1800s Victorian Walnut Towel Holder & Mirror. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    This towel rack with two bars and beveled mirror was reported to be in excellent condition. It measures 18 1/2" x 20".

    This piece sold for $87.50 (Morphy Auctions - 3/09). Note: Selling price quoted does not include buyer's premium.

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    Victorian Roll Top Secretary Desk

    Ca. Late 1800s Victorian Roll Top Secretary Desk. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    The roll top in this desk comes down to reveal six drawers with 21 dovetailed drawers total. The top and base are in two pieces. Condition was reported as excellent. Measures 68" x 19" x 38".

    This piece sold for $1,035 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08). Note: Selling price quoted does not include buyer's premium.

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    Victorian Marble Top Table

    Victorian Marble Topped Table
    Ca. Late 1800s Victorian Marble Topped Table. - Morphy Auctions

    This walnut table with ornate x-stretcher has minor marble scratches but was reported to be in excellent condition overall. Measures 29" tall x 29 1/2" wide.

    It sold for $402.50 (Morphy Auctions - 5/08). Note: Selling price quoted does not include buyer's premium.