Vintage Drexel Declaration furniture – Catherine sends us a gorgeous brochure

Following the “original” Drexel post (where we also met Troy of Troyland), the wonderful Catherine kindly scanned some precious vintage Drexel advertising to share with other readers. She says:

Here is one of my Drexel Declaration ads that was in the drawer of the dresser that I bought from my Great Grandmother. She had marked the ones that were “mine” and even wrote the price next to our Catkin bed – $79!!! I just love the living/dining room scene!! Wish I could find that living room set. Anyway, hope you enjoy! – Catherine

Catherine, did you say “Catkin”? That bed was surely destined for you! And from your Great Grandmother, no less! Thank you so much, this Drexel furniture is AWESOME! More posts on it to come – the original post inspired some other content, including a reader purchase!

Rob’s vintage Drexel Declaration bedroom set:

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Above: Added March 2014 — Reader Rob sent us these four photos of his vintage Drexel Declaration bedroom set. Thanks, Rob! He wrote:

Hello Pam,
Thanks so much for writing back! I love your site, especially the Time Capsule house articles. I am attaching the photos of the Drexel set here- I got a 5-pc bedroom set for a song, worst part was driving to Queens to pick up and then hauling them up to my fourth floor walk-up. I found them through Apartment Therapy Classifieds (run by Krrb), more proof that affordable doesn’t have to mean Ikea!
Best regards,
Rob

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  1. Sue Johnson says

    Hi,
    I just bought an older piece of furniture and saw that it was a Drexel. I was wondering how to get it appraised. It’s numbered and resembles a 1940’s credenza with beautiful curves and brass round handles.
    Thx.

    • Judy says

      Hello Sue.
      Do you need an appraisal for the Drexel piece you recently purchased to obtain personal property insurance policy coverage or to add additional coverage to an existing policy? Or, do you need the appraisal to establish the marketable or re-sale value of the Drexel piece for personal asset value or record management? Are you trying to develop a financial or estate planning strategy for the division of your assets to specified beneficiaries? Whether a certified appraisal of the Drexel piece you recently purchased is required, desired or simply a more official declaration of its asset value, an appraisal prepared by a renown, highly qualified, experienced, certified expert can be somewhat costly and more expensive to obtain than most individuals initially anticipate.

      In my experience, large insurance companies like State Farm, almost always require a certified appraisal prepared by a reputable, highly trained, experienced expert certified by a particular entity to establish and verify ownership of the item and determine the replacement value of the property based on specific criteria. Prior to writing and issuing a personal property policy for a piece of jewelry I received as a gift, State Farm initially requested an informal document from the jewelry store where the piece had been purchased to determine the replacement value of the jewelry. Nine days later, State Farm notified me that the appraisal from the jeweler would not suffice and it required an official document prepared by a GIA certified jewelry appraiser. In Houston and surrounding areas, only one GIA certified appraiser existed! Admittedly, I was irritated because State Farm changed its rules and requirements several times. I felt inconvenienced and my bank account balance was less $300. I had been required to pay $300. for the certified GIA appraisal I needed to comply with State Farm policy requirements and to obtain coverage. Admittedly, I quickly changed my perception of the appraisal process and the entire experience after I discovered the GIA certified appraiser valued the piece at nearly double the value written on the initial jewelry store appraisal! Without the certified GIA appraisal, the replacement value of the piece appraised on the first document would have cut my income in half.

      My advice to you is to first identify the reason you need an appraisal. If the Drexel piece is a rare piece produced as a limited edition piece and is one of a limited number produced by Drexel, search for vintage furniture collectors that limit their vintage furniture collection to Drexel or the specific era pieces similar to the style and period your piece had been produced. Identify the most prominent designers of that period and establish the demand for pieces similar or the same as your Drexel piece. If you insured your piece, examine your policy and coverage. I only recently learned that coverage provided through standard homeowner insurance policies is not sufficient for a homeowner that is seeking replacement cost coverage for a large inventory of high value items . Most standard homeowner policies divide property into specific categories and limit the amount of coverage (for items like jewelry, art, collectibles and antiques) paid for claims classified within a specific category. For years, I mistakenly believed my total policy coverage amount was the same despite whether the loss had been caused by fire or theft. I also mistakenly believed all of my belongings were covered at replacement cost up to the limits established by my policy and the type of coverage (For example, the claim payout is often higher and more comprehensive for losses caused by fire. Theft claim payout limits are more restrictive and losses due to theft are much less recoverable.)
      Like you, I’m unsure of the multitude of reference resources that are readily available to research the values of items I own or items I want to purchase or sell. It feels like the older I get, the less I know and the less resourceful I’ve become! Reminder: I am not a vintage expert and I am not formally trained to competently offer others advice. The views expressed in this comment are based on my personal experience and personal opinion. Search the Internet for reliable vintage information and you’ll discover a large number of experts that willingly offer free advice or free suggestions. They only require an individual ask them for help! If you want to determine whether you paid more or less than what others paid for the same piece or a similar piece purchased at the same time, sites like “The Find,” shopping.com and similar sites often provide comparative pricing search engines. Good luck!

  2. Joni says

    Hi,
    I saw a Drexel dresser in a second hand shop which I’m interested in buying. I did some research and think it was from a series called Paragon. I’d appreciate it if anyone could share more about this style which looks like Danish modern.

  3. David Miranda says

    These are my parents’ living room, bedroom and dining room pieces! Wow! The style in the dining room chairs doesn’t come across in the pictures.

  4. Leesa says

    Was so very lucky in the last 30 days…purchased the catkin queen headboard for only $65 on Christmas Eve. Last week I found the long dresser and tall dresser with a full size headboard – all in mint mint condition. Only paid $300 for all of it and the owner threw in another teak credenza that looks great with our TV on it. I’m still looking for more though…

  5. Molly C. says

    I just picked up a Drexel Declaration nightstand at a thrift store! It looks just like the one pictured above. Matches my living room furniture beautifully.

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