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“I bought this multi-drawer sideboard at an antiques shop. Can you tell me about its history?” -M.O., Livingston, New Jersey
1930s Dentist's Cabinet
Our antiques specialist, Helaine Fendelman, appraises your finds and collectibles.
During the first half of the 20th century, Wisconsin's American Cabinet Company produced specialized furniture — including this 1930s mahogany hutch — for dentists' offices. The Federal-style piece (note its thin, tapered supports and leaded-glass door panes) features shallow drawers for storing tools and upper compartments to hold vials of medicine. Your find would have stood in an exam room, where, according to a 1930s ad, it served as a "silent salesman," convincing patients of a dentist's "judgment, skill, and professional success. Your judgment in buying this score? Equally impressive.
What It's Worth: $2,500