Michelle 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.