Q: A metal tag on the bottom of my wooden side table says it was made by Brandt Furniture of Hagerstown, Md. The top is octagonal and the four legs are convex—they curve outward from the top, then in again near the floor. Can you tell me when it was made and what it’s worth?
A: Brandt was originally in business in Hagerstown from 1901 to 1985. (A small group of former employees bought the company and reopened it in 1986; that company is still in business.) The nontraditional style of your table’s legs indicates it was probably not made early in the 20th century. Its value also depends on condition. If it’s in great shape, you might get $100 or more for it.