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Drexel New Travis Court Collection Furniture

Drexel New Travis Court Collection Furniture appraisal
Category: 
Furniture
Condition: 
Excellent
Medium / Material: 
Distinguishing marks: 
all are stamped with the name drexel with #'s given below
Period: 
1940's-1950's
Dimensions: 
Weight: 
History: 
great uncles
For Sale: 
No
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Sybil's picture
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This is a beautiful set.  I wonder how many are in the entire set, it looks like it was made for a mansion or a large victorian home.  I would assume that it s extremely valuable, but I don't know about pricing for furniture.  I hope the other person posts about their number of items I would be curious to know the total parts of the set.

Sybil

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I suggest you check the archives located at the right hand top of the page, we have had several Drexel pieces listed here within the last year.

The company is well known, and still in operation. In fact when you type in " Drexel furniture" into Google the Drexel company website is the very first one that appears ;~)). 

The New Travis Court line was an original "Drexel" line introduced during the late 1940's. The company became " Drexel Heritage" in 1974. Anything marked "Drexel" predates 1974.

 

Lovejoy 

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I had called Drexel and they couldn't give me any information. I had some antique dealers look at the set and they all put in offers and that is how I sold it. I know I probably could have sold it for more, but didn't have a place to store this for a long period of time.

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I have one Corner Cabinet also. 352-3 also. It was a gift and I love it. I found a question on an antique site that said it is not considered a collectors piece and as such he had no information on value.
I am surprised that Drexel went to the trouble of numbering their stock but has no history saved regarding their collections.

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These pieces are good quality furniture, but is after all not rare or considered "Antique". To the companies that mass produce furniture like Drexel, their product lines are just merchandise, the idea that they will later be family heirlooms and they should be the keeper of important information regarding production is a foreign concept ;~)

Lovejoy

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Lovejoy

I am sorry I must say something. I have passed over comment after comment of yours on these pages and I am really not trying to be rude but I find that the majority of your comments are at least confused at the members question and at most just incredibly incorrect and way off base. After reading this comment I am afraid I just finally had to say something. 

Lovejoy--where are you getting your information? Do you investigate what you are saying here AT ALL or just going from gut feelings because people are counting on your opinion and sellers can be losing hundreds or thousands of dollars because of one of your off handed uninvestigated comments. I know I just left another seller asking about some Drexel furniture, which above you say

"To the companies that mass produce furniture like Drexel, their product lines are just merchandise, the idea that they will later be family heirlooms and they should be the keeper of important information regarding production is a foreign concept ;~)"

That, that is like the complete opposite of true. Drexel is one of the most sought after collectable furniture companies in the world. Their Mid-Century Modern lines featuring such names as Kip Stewart and Stewart McDougall, John Van Koert (Profile) and THE name in Danish Design Ed Wormley (Precendent) are horded by collectors. These are the pieces colletors keep and don't re-sell. And I am not sure what you even mean about their pieces later being family heirlooms and  being the keeper of important information and how that is a forgein concept. because 1) family heirlooms are exactly what this furniture has become (have you Googled "Drexel" lately? Are you confusing them with Drexel Heritage? The later inception of  the company because it is different that Drexel furniture? 2) As any collector/appraiser will tell you Thank God Drexel has been the keeper of important information by numbering and cataloguing each piece they have created! When we turn something over and see that stencil we know HOURS of research work into a piece's lineage has just been eliminated for us and a quick Google of the name Drexel and the stenciled number will tell you  exactly what the piece is, who designed it and quite often a scan of the original catalogue it was premiered in.   I'm not even gonna try and understand how that is a foreign concept. Makes no sense. Drexel still does this because you do not know who is designing these pieces now and who may become the next Ed Wormley or Van Koert. Only time will tell and when it does Drexel will have the information to prove it. Its brilliant. I wish every company did that.

The last post I saw was for a Drexel Profile table and chairs by Van Koert in which you say

Stuff like this is becoming popular again, originally it was patterned after Danish Modern furniture produced after World War Two, and was all the rage during the 1950's to early 60's. I've seen similar sets sell for about $800.00.

There are so many problems with that statement but the poor seller is only going to see $800 and try and get that. First: Stuff? Stuff? Do you see this amazing furniture as "stuff?" leading into my next amazed question "popular again?? Mid Century Modern is the one design era that never fell "out" The atomic design has been produced and collected since its inception which can not be said about any other design period all of which fell out of favor at some time only to come "back."

 "Originally it was patterned after Danish Modern Furniture produced after WWII and was all the rage in the 50s and 60s"   It wasn't patterned AFTER Danish Modern furniture it WAS Danish Modern. Yes some American designers were influenced by Danish designers but Danish Modern and Mid Century Modern co-existed and the terms are practically interchangeable.

   You use the word "Originally" here which leads me to think you may think the sellers item is a NEW piece reproduction by Drexel and not the original thing. Do you realize that this is not a reproduction he is selling so "originally" makes no sense here. One would just say "This furniture was made" not "originally this furniture was made" unless you thought this piece was not original.   It is.

  Lastly that one tiny devistating word you use--"Similiar" is a killer. "I have seen "similiar" pieces for $800."   Well I have seen similiar pieces for $200 and have one for sell right now. But when appraising something espcially a piece that has such a rich providence as this one "similiar" won't do. Its like standing next to a Van Gogh and saying "I have seen similiar paintings for $50,"  But is that what the worth of the Van Goigh is? Absolutely not. What you are leading this seller to believe would fetch $800 if he were to sell it. (I contacted him. He did for $700)  is currently on sale in Hollywood for $7200.00. The chairs alone are on 1st bid for $3800 and I have the sofa table and 4 chairs selling for $5500,  "Similiar" cost this man well over $3000 and since from the pictures I can tell it was pristine maybe even $6500. 

  I apologize if that came out too harsh but I just kept incountering statement after statement of yours and just wondering "Where is she getting this information?" And since many people Google items they are interested in in my shop to see other amounts the item has sold for when they come upon your random guess for a "similiar" table and chairs at $800 they are, to say the least. incredibly suspicious of my fully documented and correct collectors pricing. So PLEASE be careful what you are saying here. Your words have effects and right now they have cost and are costing people thousands of dollars. Thank you.

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Sorry , but terms of reference are important. The Drexel pieces referenced are patterned "After" Danish Modern originals, they are Danish Modern in style, but are not the genuine " Original" article. The Drexel pieces copy the style of Danish Modern, there is a big difference in value and market demand between the two. Genuine Danish Modern furniture originates from Scandinavian countries and are the Post World War Two designs of the likes of Arne Jacobsen, Finn Juhl, Borge Mogensen and Poul Kjaerholm.

In regards to the term "Similar" what's wrong with it?  In appraisal terms "Similar" is used to describe pieces of comparable design, vintage, quality and value, in this case North American pieces by major makers in the Danish modern style.

Drexel is first and foremost a furniture manufacturer, which mass produces various lines of furniture based on popular demand, they are not in the business of custom furniture production. Their inventory numbers/codes are for their own references, for inventory and sales records, not some guide book for future "Collectors". The idea their furniture is going to be collectible in the furture is the last thing on any company agenda past or present. Their business is to sell new furniture to you, they don't want you to keep it forever.

As I make very clear in my responses to questions, Values provided are based on AUCTION results for comparable pieces,  a similar value one often can expect from a Dealer offering to buy from them directly.  What a gallery lists a piece for depends on their overhead and client base.

As I've mentioned before in posts where people have asked where they came from, the data bases used are subscription services used by all the major auction houses covering records from about 1999- 2012. I don't use any records more than two years previous to the current date, historical lows and highs are thrown out using a median value for records of the last two years.

I often post links to a free database for the items people post about so they can look for themselves and decide what they can get for their items. This database lists all the major houses worldwide, so it's about as reliable as it gets for a free service. It lists sales by some of the most respected houses for modern furniture and Decorative Arts such as Treadway Gallery

 

In regards to Drexel "Danish Modern" furniture, I suggest you have a look yourself at these links to the work of Wormley, Kip Stewart, John Van Koert sold at auction

 

http://www.liveauctioneers.com/search?q=Drexel+Wormley+&hasimage=true&dt...

http://www.liveauctioneers.com/search?q=Drexel+Kip+Stewart&hasimage=true...

http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/10951453_john-van-koert-desk-inset-g...

And a general serch for Drexel Danish Modern

As for Drexel in general, even the large pieces go for modest values in the current market, as can be seen here:

http://www.liveauctioneers.com/search?q=Drexel&sort=relevance&dtype=gall...("2011")

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Hi this message is for DRNSTVNS, I was wondering how you located information about Drexel I have a drexel set I have googled like advise my set DREXEL-754-332 and there is another marking I tried that too 754#332 and have found nothing....Any ideas?

chanella2006

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