In the Family: The Value of Antique & Heirloom Furniture

If I had to say, my two favorite pieces of furniture are bookcases — one barrister, the other revolving — handed down to my dad and residing in different parts of the house I grew up in. This fondness is partially due to my being a lifelong bookworm, but it's also the knowledge that those pieces of furniture have lived with my family for over a hundred years.

My dad got the revolving bookcase from his parents, who had inherited it from my great grandfather Ernest, who had bought it from a local minister. The bookcase is still fully functional and holds a variety of books in a corner of the guest bedroom. It is stamped "Danner's Revolving Book Case" and "1877," and Country Living estimates a very similar one to be worth over $1,000.

While that amount of money impresses me, I could never imagine my dad (or me, some day) parting with the bookcase. It's beautiful and well built and, moreover, has the value of family history.

What piece of heirloom furniture has special meaning for you?

Image: Kim Rinehimer