hello, I was online trying to find a price for a Conrey & Birely table online; the only two pages I could find with info are http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2010/jun/06/kovels-antiques-majolica-used-fanciful-pieces/ where it says
Q: I have had a wooden table for more than 30 years and was
about to give it to my daughter when she turned it over and found a
mark. The marks says, “Sept. 29, 1896, 568397, Conrey-Birely Table Co.”
Is my table older than I thought?
A: Your table is more than 100 years old. The patent was granted to
Charles Birely for a method of attaching legs to furniture. Birely lived
in Shelbyville, Ind., at the time he applied for the patent and had
already been in the furniture business with Jacob A. Conrey for 10
years. The Conrey-Birely Table Co. had manufacturing facilities in
Shelbyville and in Grand Rapids, Mich., until about 1909.
and http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2006/feb/02/prints_figurines_early_celebrity_worship/?living where it says
Q: Can you tell me more about the small table I
inherited from my grandmother? Under the tabletop there’s a worn label
that reads “Sept. 29, 1896, No. 568397, Conrey-Birely Table Co.” The
label also includes a comment about a “problem of knock-down
construction” and suggests using “a little glue” to stabilize the
table’s legs and lower shelf.
A: Conrey-Birely Table Co. manufactured tables in
Grand Rapids, Mich., from about 1889 to 1909. The date and number on
your table refer to the U.S. patent issued to Charles Birely for his
invention of a “furniture leg attachment.” Birely’s invention allowed
his company to manufacture furniture using knock-down construction – a
simple method that requires few or no tools. Your table was made
sometime between 1896, when the patent was granted, and 1909, when
Conrey-Birely became Davis-Birely Table Co.
neither of these answers give an idea of if the tables are worth anything – so I thought I would write to ask you how much a table like this would be worth? I have two (identical). Thank you