If you are considering emailing me asking what your furniture is worth, please read this first.
It is getting harder and harder to do this. I can easily give an insurance quote because I know how much it will cost to replace but any other quote is difficult because of all of the factors.
First I can tell you that in my selling experience selling on ebay that a chair can go for $200 one day and $75 the next. I saw a single eagle knob sell for $40 on Ebay.
A major factor when selling is shipping. If you can ship reasonably your selling market just opened up to 300 million people if you just sell in the USA alone. if you are selling local say on Craigslist, your market is much smaller.
The other factors are the obvious ones. Color of the piece,how quick do you have to sell it(time) condition , rarity, etc...
I cannot tell you what a chair will sell for on craigslist in Mississippi. If you have time start high and come down or you could even advertise it as best offer and wait a few days for offers.
If you do not want to sell it yourself you can try a store that sells on Ebay or a regular consignment shop. I can tell you that consignment shops around here are getting 50-66% of the selling price because of the room it takes up in their store and the amount of time to sell it.
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There are 5 main things that determine the value of your Hitchcock
furniture. They are color, condition,location, wood type and rarity. Lets do
There are some colors that are worth more than others. Most people like the
black and black combination colors. All black, black/harvest stain,
black/Riverton stain, black/fairfield stain,and black/autumn stain. Black
painted furniture is what most people think of when they think Hitchcock
furniture. All Harvest and all Riverton would come next in value. After those it
can really start to go downhill in value. Coventry is a dark brown mahogany
color stain. it was very popular in the in the 1970's. It was discontinued as a
regular color in 1978 and was then moved to a custom color until it was
completely fazed out in the early 1980's because of lack of interest. Along
with Coventry are the custom colors in any combination. White, green, blue,
mustard yellow, and barn red, probably in that order are lesser selling colors.
Very small percentages were done in these colors so it is much harder to find
that buyer. Another problem is because Hitchcock changed shades so often, they
are next to impossible to touch up without noticing that they were touched up.
Usually when I get these pieces in, I send them to Hitchcock's authorized
refinisher to be refinished to black.
Next would be condition. Hitchcock furniture is known for its bold stencil
designs and hand stripe work. A Hitchcock chair with worn paint, stains and
decoration is worth considerably less. That is a main reason why antique
Hitchcock chairs sell for less than newer ones.
Where you live will also limit a value unless you are willing to ship
anywhere, and ship it for a reasonable price. Although there are many
transplanted Colonists across the nation, most are still living in the original
13 colonies. i must also state here that because there were more than 13
colonies when Hitchcock first opened in the 1800's, and Hitchcock sold a lot
around the Eerie canal, Ohio is second or third behind Connecticut with the
other state in the top 3 being Massachusetts. I can now say that I have shipped
Hitchcock furniture to all 50 states with my Alaska buyer coming through this
past Christmas. I have also shipped to Great Britain, Canada, Mexico, Australia,
and Germany (all US or former US citizens).
Now onto wood type. I would guess that 90% of all Hitchcock furniture made
was done so with Hard rock maple. The entire "Classic" Hitchcock line was all
done in maple and people today want maple. Hitchcock also had a CHERRY WOOD
(not to be confused with a cherry color red stain like Riverton) line but the
furniture was not decorated after the 1960's and a lot was Queen Anne style.
This does not sell as well as the classic maple line that we all know so it sell
for less. The old classic line Cherry does just as well as the maple. Hitchcock
also had an oak line. Back in the late 1970's and through the 1980's when oak
was popular. All I can say is it is Hitchcock oak is not back in yet and it
tends to sell at about 50% of what the maple sells for. Hitchcock also had a
pine line. This was just a few chairs, and a picnic-like bench and on the chairs
only the seats were pine. It was short lived, but the pine still sells for about
the same as maple because only the seats were pine.
The last determining factor is rarity. We all know about Limited edition
chairs and their values, but there are some other pieces that do well and some
today that sell for almost what they did new. Some examples are corner cabinets,
blanket chests, and Lingerie chests to name a few. I was told 1 in 8 dining
room sets were ordered with a corner cabinet, and 1 in 12 bedroom sets were
ordered with a lingerie chest. With McMansions being built today, people now
want those extra pieces.
These are just things that I use to determine a price when I make an offer
to buy furniture. They are a rule of thumb and not a law of the