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Forum topic by StephenSchaad posted 07-23-2012 02:04 AM 1694 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-23-2012 02:04 AM

Topic tags/keywords: mahogany rosewood sapele question

Ok so I have a heck of a story for ya.. I found a set of 6 chairs on craigslist for $20. I went to pick them up planning on painting and distressing them for a farm table look but when I got there and actually saw the chairs, I was shocked. She says the table and set of EIGHT chairs were ordered from overseas somewhere and cost over $8,000 for the set like 40 years ago.

She says her mother in law always said it was made of Rosewood but it looks to me like a type of mahogany or mahogany “look a like.” Anyone know?

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#1 posted 07-23-2012 06:48 AM

Now you’ve peaked my curiosity. Show us what the rest of the chair looks like, please…

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#2 posted 07-23-2012 01:15 PM

I don’t know how accurate this is but I used an on-line calculator to find out how much $8,000 spent 40 years ago would be worth today and I came up with the following results.

In 2011, the relative value of $8,000.00 from 1972 ranges from $34,000.00 to $97,500.00.

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#3 posted 07-23-2012 03:57 PM

Maybe what she meant was it’s 8000 in todays values… haha i don’t really know but i do know these chairs are nice as hell minus the failing glue. The jointing work is incredible to me since there is not a single nail or screw in it, which is probably why they are falling apart.

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#4 posted 07-23-2012 03:59 PM

Also, the armed chair looks really beat up, but they are just dirty from dust and pet hair and stuff. The finish on these chairs is near perfect and all I need to do is glue them back up.

Any suggestions for glue by the way? Carpenters glue, epoxy, super glue?

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#5 posted 07-23-2012 04:54 PM

I have had several pieces that look very much like these in my living room for about 20 years. I bought a bunch of this stuff after I moved to California from Philadelphia. I recall several of the store owners where I bought them saying that this kind of Rosewood wouldn’t be available for long. I took it as a sales pitch but bought several pieces anyway since I love the way they look. As it turns out we don’t see this material any more. The most recent stuff looks much lighter in color. Wish now that I had kept it all. Gave up a dining room table with eight chairs and a china hutch in a divorce, but kept the rest. I do believe what you are looking at is Rosewood

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#6 posted 07-23-2012 04:55 PM

I say the style looks Asian to me. Chinese perhaps??? Eight is a lucky number.
Chinese style chairs for the western market perhaps
40 years ago puts you into 1970s. If it was a new purchase then I would say it was high.

Yes, it needs to be reglued but the finish looks good to me.

So, how old is it?. If it is truly $8,000 and over 40 years, I would have someone appraise it to find out.

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