Antique Stepback Cupboards



2015-06-26 11:17:56

An antique Stepback cupboard are a form of cupboard which comprises a dovetailed case, enclosed cupboards and a shelving unit on top of this construction.

Brief history and description

Stepback cupboards were particularly popular at the turn of the 20th century, and many antique forms of the cupboard hail from this era. Many more can be dated to the 1800s.

The cupboards can be found in a wide variety of materials, though they are most commonly constructed from oak, pine and other woods. Stepback cupboards were most commonly used in kitchens and drawing rooms, and have become a popular antique amongst collectors.

Guide for collectors

Antique stepback cupboards have appeared at both mainstream and specialist auction houses, as well as being readily available at a plethora of antique shops, and also appearing at online auctioneers such as eBay, often for low prices. Online antique, vintage and crafts shop Etsy also offers additional bargains on antique stepback cupboards.

As with all antiques purchases, prospective collectors seeking to buy online are strongly advised to carefully assess the authenticity of a particular piece before bidding so as to avoid disappointment, and if in doubt should seek specialist opinion.

Further information about antique stepback cupboards is available at online resources such as the Antique Trader website.


An antique, ‘doll-size’ stepback cupboard, dated from the early 1900s, sold for just $40 on 6th January 2008 from Fantasticantiques Inc.

Meanwhile, a pine stepback cupboard, dated from the 19th century, sold for $200 from Central Street Antiques and Auction on 14th June 2008.

Elsewhere, a pair of antique English oak stepback cupboards auctioned from Grand View Antiques & Auction on 25th September 2004 for $1,800.

At a higher price point, an early-New England stepback cupboard with original mustard paint sold for $4,500 from Grand View Antiques & Auction on 14th January 2006.

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