Dear Old Man:
My family moved from Virginia to Tennessee in 1800 or 1805 not sure of the exact date. Our family settled in Greene County (East Tennessee) and later moved to Brownsville, Tenn. After my great-great-grandfather was given a grant of land for his service in the War of 1812 under the leadership of Andrew Jackson. I have enclosed a photograph of what we call in our family “a Jackson press.“ I have two children and six grandchildren, all of whom do not want any of their “heritage.” The family items that I have loved and cared for these past years mean a great deal to me and I know that most of them will end on the street for the garbage collector when I am no longer here. Can you help me find people who will appreciate my family’s heritage? OPO
You did not mention your age, but I’m 83 with a houseful of “my heritage.” The “present” generation does not appreciate their heritage of china, sterling and furniture. It has to be hand-washed, polished and cared for. All of which is too much effort! The best auction house in Tennessee for Kentucky and Tennessee furniture is Case Auction in Knoxville. It so happens, that of all the antiques I have been asked to find their values, the group that I love, care for and collect, is Kentucky and Tennessee primitive furniture, A “press“ is a storage cabinet for linen, silver or any household item. Your “press” is called a “blind press” because it has no glass and its top shelves are enclosed in a cupboard style. You did not mention if your family knew the cabinet maker. If you do know who made it, it would make the value greater. My Fair Market Value for your blind press is $6,900. Insurance replacement is $11,000 to $13,000.
Ed Tuten is the executive secretary of the New England Appraisers Association. He can be reached at 901-216-7070 or 901-758-2659. His address is 6973 Crestridge Rd., Memphis, TN 38119.