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Country Living Appraises A 1950 Doily Stretcher: What Is It Worth?

05/06/2013 08:09 am 08:09:35

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"I bought this graphic board for $15 at a local flea market. Did I pay too much?" -A.C., Eugene, Oregon

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1950 Doily Stretcher

Professional appraiser Helaine Fendelman identifies and evaluates your collectibles and antiques.

WHAT IS IT?

If you peeked into almost any American residence from the Victorian era through the mid-20th century, you’d find doilies adorning sofas, chairs, and mantels. These lacy linens were often created at home (women’s magazines published patterns) and shaped on stretchers that were produced commercially at least as far back as the 1920s. Chicago’s Pinabord manufactured this particular version around 1950. Though it was a good deal, this find is missing the red edges that bordered the particleboard—those, along with an original box, would double the value. Still, the piece remains visually appealing, and the resurgence of crafts like knitting and crocheting makes such DIY tools especially hot right now.

What's It Worth: $25

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