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How old is your oldest piece of furniture?

23Older than 50 years.
9I don't know.
31-5 years old.
321-30 years old.
231-40 years old.
16-10 years old.
111-15 years old.
141-50 years old.
016-20 years old.
0And just because everyone wants it, there's OTHER:

posted 8-Aug-2006 5:29pm  
At least 40 years, maybe over 50 years. I have lots of old stuff. I've got what I call "the room that time forgot" -old carpet, curtains, and furniture.
bill Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 8-Aug-2006 5:40pm  
I have a desk I got when I was growing up (maybe 15)..
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 8-Aug-2006 5:59pm  
I only own a single piece of furniture - it's a small wooden table (with sides, rather than legs) that I bought in India (and somehow managed to pack) last September. I also have a chest, but I'm not sure if that really counts as furniture - it is older though, from the first half of the 20th century. Other than that, I am furnitureless.
posted 8-Aug-2006 6:02pm  
It's my hope chest. I don't know exactly how old it is, but I know it's over 50 years old. My great-great grandmother brought it to the U.S. with her from Italy way back when. Other than that one piece, everything else is fairly new. I don't think anything's over 5 years old and, most of it, less than a year.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 8-Aug-2006 6:33pm  
I don't know. My dining table is pretty old--I think it's an antique. The chairs are antiques, too. Those are the oldest things I have, I think.
Oh, yeah, I have an antique steamer-trunk, as well. I'm not sure how old that is, either, though.
posted 8-Aug-2006 7:27pm  
A mahogony dresser we use for just stuff is from about 1910.
(reply to Amanda) posted 8-Aug-2006 7:30pm  
I think it is SO cool to have old stuff that has come down the family lines. I recently was given some books from about 1886 by my grandmother. I love books & take care of them. I was really honored. She included a piece of paper for each one explaining who the person who owned the book was. I can still read the inscriptions.
posted 8-Aug-2006 7:51pm  
Probably about a hundred years old now... or older.
posted 8-Aug-2006 8:05pm  
I have a sideboard from England...nearing 100 years old
posted 8-Aug-2006 8:11pm  
1-5 years. I sold everything when I moved overseas in 2002 and when we got back in 2004 we bought all new stuff.
posted 8-Aug-2006 8:14pm  
Don't know because some were obtained from garage sales, some were left out on the sidewalk as freebies, and some given to me by other people.
(reply to RGirl) posted 8-Aug-2006 8:38pm  
That's cool. My dad's got some old books that belonged to his great-great something or other. I think they're pretty cool, even though I can't read them because they're written in German.
posted 8-Aug-2006 9:04pm  
Most of my furniture is over 50 years old. The oldest piece is about 82 years old I reckon...
paulyw Gold Star Survey Creator Happy Birthday to Me
posted 8-Aug-2006 11:07pm  
I have a flip top desk which is 100 years old
posted 9-Aug-2006 1:37am  
31-40 years old. Our couch. It's older than I am! A very heavy hide-a-bed that had definitely seen better days. It's broken and the upholstery is coming undone, so I have a comforter tossed over it to make it fit to look at. Not to mention the upholstery is that old itchy crap anyway. I really really want a new couch. But we need a new bed too.... our bedsprings have started to poke out the sides of the mattress.
posted 9-Aug-2006 2:00am  
I guess my dresser which I had as a child. Solid maple, over 50 years old. My wife refuses to have antiques or anything someone else has owned. She gets really weird from the previous persons' "energy" in old stuff. Strange, but I've seen it happen.
posted 9-Aug-2006 2:45am  
Chair from about 1850.
posted 9-Aug-2006 10:59am  
I have several items that are more than a hundred years old, which I inherited. Most of them need repair/restoration, which I hope to be able to afford someday.
posted 9-Aug-2006 4:23pm  
31-40 years old.
posted 10-Aug-2006 6:18am  
I have a couple pieces that were my Grandmothers that are probably 75 to 80 years old. They are still in great shape too.

posted 12-Aug-2006 3:40am  
I have no idea.
posted 14-Aug-2006 12:04pm  
Several pieces, we inherited, are over a hundred years old.
posted 17-Aug-2006 1:45am  
I have a chair from the 30's that I bought from a storage shed that must have come from a library or court house of something. It is apolstered w. red leather & tacks but needs new leather on the seat. I paid $25 for it. I don't know if that was a good deal.
posted 21-Aug-2006 4:53pm  
I don't have a clue.
posted 23-Aug-2006 7:22pm  
The shelves in my room, they were around long before I was.
posted 24-Nov-2006 9:27am  
I have a trunk that I use as a coffee table. One of my ancestors brought it to America during the reign of Queen Anne. I guess it's about 300 years old.
posted 31-Dec-2006 12:43pm  
Cedar chest - was made by my great-grandfather for my grandmother (she was born in 1900) I also have the dishes my mom gave her mom for Christmas in 1942.
posted 2-Jun-2007 12:12am  
I'm not quite certain, but I think my nightstand is close to or even possibly over 50 years old. My dad found it in a old motel he was helping to renovate & gave it to me. I was 16 at the time & it was obviously pretty old back then.
they Survey Central Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 13-Oct-2013 1:20pm  
I have a record player with a matching wooden record cabinet that it sits on from around the 1920s. I also have all the original records.

I also have a lamp table from around the same time.

I have my grandparents' original bedroom furniture set from the 40s.
they Survey Central Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to Biggles) posted 13-Oct-2013 1:21pm  
Hopefully you have more furniture these days. smiley:::grin
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to they) posted 13-Oct-2013 1:46pm  
I do smiley:::smile

I still have my wooden table from India and my old chest that I had when I last answered this survey. I also have two brown fabric settees, a pair of wooden dining chairs from my Grandma's house, a TV stand that I stole borrowed from my brother, and a nice desk which slides out from a cube (but which is currently in pieces in my attic room). My house came furnished with a dining room table/chairs and beds, so I haven't had to buy those. The chest is probably still the oldest furniture that I have - though my Grandma's chairs are pretty old too - I would have said they look 1940s, except that I can't imagine there were many new wooden chairs being made in this country during the war, so maybe they're 1930s or 1950s?
they Survey Central Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to Biggles) posted 13-Oct-2013 1:53pm  
How funny. I have a tv stand that I stole borrowed from my brother 20 years ago! My 10 gallon aquarium sits on it. It's great because I can roll it if I need to.

Tip: Eventually, brothers stop asking for their tv stand back smiley:::wink

I found it interesting how you dated your chairs based on the fact that new furniture was probably not made during the war.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to they) posted 13-Oct-2013 2:17pm  

There were a lot of shortages. Most of the houses on my road have no metal railing or gates because they were removed to be melted down during the war.

On an entirely unrelated topic, is jardropper your man?
they Survey Central Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to Biggles) posted 13-Oct-2013 2:20pm  
That is interesting too! I love that kind of history lesson.

Yes, he is.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to they) posted 13-Oct-2013 2:23pm  
> Yes, he is.

Yay smiley:::smile

posted 14-Oct-2013 8:47pm  
My floor lamp older than 50 years

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