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    Default Davis Cabinet Company (Tennessee)

    Hello,

    A happy new year to everyone, I hope it's a happy, healthy and prosperous one for you all.

    OK, my question.

    I found a piece of furniture in the shed, left by the previous owners when I bought this house 22 years ago and it's been in the basement ever since. The time has come when I am going to decide what to do with it.

    It's a nice solid piece of 'proper' furniture, made from wicker walnut......according to the label. Attached.

    Whether it's actually worth restoring, as in the cost to restore vs the value I don't know, but I really like it and believe it would be worth restoring to it's previous glory and I suppose at the end of the day, that's all that really matters. With-in reason of course.

    I would like to find out a little more about it though, because I can't find an image of it online, only some bits and pieces about the manufacturer.

    Davis Cabinet out of Tennessee manufactured it and the label says it's a Tea Cart Server. I haven't checked to see if it ever had wheels, but I suspect not, it's quite heavy and substantial and not for wheeling around.

    I've no idea about the year of manufacture or period it's from.

    On the downside, it does have some damage in the form of saw marks which is a shame.

    Any thoughts or information would be welcome.Click image for larger version. 

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    Default Re: Davis Cabinet Company (Tennessee)

    The photos are not in great detail, but from what I can tell you from what I see is this:

    * Wicker Walnut is not the wood, that's a color description. The piece itself appears to be made of poplar or ash, its definitely not walnut
    * There is no restoration value to this, it is a utility piece, not fine furniture.
    * There is no value to this, either give it away if you can or you might can get $ 75 for it, but most buyers won't want to deal with the saw cuts in the top.
    * If you decide to re-source it for your own use, fill the saw cuts, then sand and paint the entire piece as is the trend these days for furniture of this type.

    Good luck.
    Duane Collie
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    Default Re: Davis Cabinet Company (Tennessee)

    Thanks Duane, appreciated.

    From what I read, the company make decent furniture and it certainly feels and looks that way and I quite like it, so I guess it's a personal decision as to whether the cost is worth it.

    I'll try some more research and see if I can find anything out about the period of manufacture.

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