As Michael Flanigan said in this Antiques Roadshow appraisal, if this table hadn’t been branded “Herter Bros”, I would have passed it off as a nice Rosewood Renaissance Revival table. However this is indeed a true Herter Brothers table that originated from the estate of Darius Ogden Mills, a wealthy Californian that made his money during the gold rush. Mills’ name is written on the underside in pencil.
This is one of those cases where the owner didn’t realize the great deal that he had gotten for a mere $477. He thought that the Herter Brothers brand was just a “burn mark”.
I won’t spoil the surprise of the final appraisal price for his $477 investment. You can watch the full video segment here.