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"This cabinet once hung in my grandfather's ophthalmology office. What can you tell me about it?" - B.S., Canton, Ohio
Circa-1915 Medical Tool Cabinet
Our antiques specialist, Helaine Fendelman, appraises your finds and collectibles.
Constructed around 1915 or so by Wisconsin’s Hamilton Manufacturing and meant for a dentistry office, this mahogany hutch would’ve worked just fine for an eye doctor, too. The metal-lined upper compartment was used to hold a pan of alcohol solution for sterilizing tools (someone painted the metal in the item, but that doesn’t affect value); its gasket-sealed doors prevented antiseptic odors from escaping. With a desire for all things apothecary-related heating up the antiques market right now, this cupboard feels on trend – even without its mate: a standing base unit of drawers. If the set were complete, you’d be looking at an appraisal of around $6,000. As is, this family heirloom would still bring a pretty penny.
What It's Worth: $750
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