|Closeup of stretcher|
|William & Mary Side Table c. 1700|
But guess what? This style has become popular again – in many quarters and at prices for every budget. For example, Walmart is offering a copy of my table at just under $300. It could suit, I suppose but there is something squatty, square and clumsy about this table. Then Frontgate is offering their copy of my table at $1,400. The proportions are better than the Walmart version but the stretcher is flat cut and that somewhat takes the joy out of it for me. These numbers are interesting by the way. I paid about twice the current Frontgate price for my table in 1990. I was recently offered twice that but my table is not for sale so it’s a moot point. This is also a good example of the wisdom of investing in quality antiques. I’m pretty sure the Walmart table will have no value in twenty years; the Frontgate table will probably be worth what the Walmart table is selling for now. Meanwhile, if you can find one for sale, the antique table will be worth at least what it is now and quite possibly a bit more.