Quiz Answer: Can You Spot the Most Valuable American Antique?

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Yesterday, we kicked off a quiz which posed the question, "If you were to come across these four items priced equally at a flea market this weekend, which would you choose as the best potential investment?" Ready to see if your American antique spotting eye is right on?

Click on the quiz to guess first - then jump below for the answer!

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The answer is: the Thomas Seymour card table! It sold for $280,000 in 2012.

From Live Auctioneers:

Remarkably surviving with most of its original painted decoration intact, this sophisticated card table represents the combined effort of two of Boston's most pre-eminent craftsmen of the Federal era - the cabinetmaker Thomas Seymour (1771-1848) and the decorative painter John Penniman (1782-1841). It is one of the earliest extant examples of its form with a top that rotates around a threaded iron pivot rod to reveal an inner well for cards and game pieces. The Moroccan leather on the upper edges of the rails indicates that it is also the work of one of the immigrant morocco leather tanners that Seymour employed to add elegant enhancements to his furniture. It was made between 1808 and 1812, during a period in which Thomas Seymour made his finest work in collaboration with highly skilled craftsmen.

Although most people in the comments guessed it was the George Nakashima table (you are a vocal bunch!), the Seymour card table in fact got the most votes. Nice job to those who guessed correctly!

  • The next most pricey item was the George Nakashima burl coffee table, which sold for $110,000.
  • The Pennsylvania Queen Anne walnut secretary sold for $20,000.
  • And last, but not least, the Tommi Parzinger cabinet sold for $13,000.

How did you do? Would you have been celebrating after getting your flea market find appraised?

(Image credits: Sponsored Post; Dabney Frake; Live Auctioneers)

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When Dabney's not writing around here, she's digging through other people's attics for fun and interesting stuff, or running around with her bloodhound Friday. Originally from the East Coast, she's still shocked to find herself living in Missouri.