So when I was asked to appraise an estate with a nice varied collection of American, English and European antiques recently, I reveled in the challenge.
In this collector's estate was a fine example of an American Colonial Queen Anne walnut highboy. Its regional characteristics hinted at a CT origin. It was structurally sound. More exciting was the fact that it retained its original pine secondary woods and brass hardware! Regrettably, it was refinished - probably in the early 20th Century. In American furniture, changing the original finish represents a diminution of collector desirability and therefore of value. But this does not indicate that the piece was at all undesirable. Far from it!