Vintage bentwood smoking stand

folkart-bentwood-smoking-standMichelle Knows Antiques is a great way to find the value of your antiques. Submit your antique for appraisal on our easy to use form. Here is a recent appraisal from Michelle’s column in Discover Vintage America:

Q: A friend of mine gave me this strangely wonderful twig table with a log cabin sitting on the very top. I have been able to find a photograph of this very same table online but have not been able to locate any information about it or what it might be worth. I am also a little curious as to whether or not it had a specific function. Any help that you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

A: I agree with you, it is indeed strangely wonderful. You have a bentwood smoking stand dating to circa 1930. The wood is willow or other pliable wood. At first glance I would have thought that it was a folk-art, one-of-a-kind piece but then you go on to say that you have been able to locate photographs of the exact same table.

Without a manufacturer label or signature I will not even venture a guess on who might have made this smoking stand. More than likely a cottage industry company or crafter made it. The inside of the log cabin more than likely once held a cigar humidor or possibly a cigarette holder.

Your vintage bentwood smoking stand has a resale value of $75-$125 depending upon the market in which it is sold.

It has a wonderful folk-art aesthetic and also falls in to the “tobaccoiana” (smoking) collectibles genre.

 note – 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 half or less of resale value.

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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