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|Paalman Furniture Company Tea Carts are items of furniture produced by the Paalman Furniture Company.
Brief history and description
The Paalman Furniture Company operated from its base in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Grand Rapids was a site for numerous well known furniture outlets, making products produced there automatically regarded as having a high quality. The company operated from the late 19th century until the early 20th century.
The tea carts produced by The Paalman Furniture Company have become desirable collectables amongst a certain sector of the antiques market, but they sell for wildly varying prices.
Guide for collectors
There is a scarcity of information for collectors of Paalman Furniture Company tea carts, due to their rarity and niche target market. However, they have been seen to sell from online auctioneers such as eBay, as well as from antique shops. They rarely appear at live auctions with major or specialist auction houses, but this is not unheard of.
Paalman Furniture Company tea carts can be assessed for their authenticity by checking for the distinctive gold label, normally located on the underside of the tea cart, which states in bold letters not only the name ‘Paalman Furniture Company’, but also ‘Made in Grand Rapids, Michigan’.
The Antique-Shop website features a variety of examples of Paalman Furniture Company tea carts, which could prove useful in assisting prospective collectors with self-identifying the carts for themselves. If in doubt, collectors are advised to seek a specialist opinion.
The highest price reached at auction for a Paalman Furniture Company tea cart is $225, for a mid-1900’s dropleaf tea cart, which auctioned from Flomaton Antique Auction on 3rd February 2006.
On eBay, several Paalman Furniture Company tea carts have been offered, with starting prices as low as $250 and as high as $1,250, of widely varying quality and styles. Most of the tea carts appear to be offered for starting prices of around $400-450, with prices rising or falling due to preserved condition.
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