Vintage Dictionary stand

Q: This stand, which looks like it was made to hold a book, has been in my family for many years. Can you tell me what it is for and how much it is worth? It stands 33” tall.dictionary stand with book

A: You have a wonderful oak dictionary stand from around 1900. I was able to locate a photograph showing a dictionary on the stand and as you can see dictionaries from that period were very large and heavy books. The two wood pieces that the dictionary rests on are independently adjustable so as to not break the spine of the book. This type of stand could be found in schools, libraries and homes. A dictionary stand such as this sells for $400 – $450 retail, with the more ornate ones selling for several hundred dollars more.

** All prices given are for sale in a private sale, antique shop or other resale outlet. Price is also dependent upon the geographic area in which you are selling. Auction value, selling to a dealer or pawnshop prices are about ½ or less of resale value.

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Written by Michelle Staley

Michelle Staley has over 35 years of experience as an antique collector, picker and dealer. She has done hundreds of insurance and IRS appraisals in addition to just satisfying another collector or dealer’s curiosity concerning what an item is, does or its worth. Other experience includes her work as a forensics consultant and in archeological identification and dating.

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