This lovely Chester County cherry candlestand with a dish top, made some 200 years ago, just went for $474 at Skinner auction house in Boston. (Leigh admired details like the little "tongue" on each knee.)
A glorious, grainy mahogany sideboard on delicate brass-cast feet, circa 1825-50, sold for $1,900 at Doyle New York last year. "The feet alone are worth a couple thousand," says Leigh.
A set of four 200-year-old-plus Chippendale cherry side chairs with wavy backs recently sold for $651 at Skinner. "They look almost modern," says Leigh. "What they need is a new upholstery job and fabric. They're perfect for around the breakfast table."
A Federal-style (late 19th century) inlaid mahogany table with a fold-over top and marquetry urn medallion sold for $350 at Sloans & Kenyon auction house in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
An assembled set of six bowback Windsors, circa 1810, went for $1,185 at Skinner auction house in Boston. The nipped-waisted center pair alone is worth $2,200, says Leigh.
A shapely Chippendale mahogany slant-front desk, which Skinner experts attribute to Bostonian John Cogswell (about 1769-1818), went for $6,517.