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Mr. Harrison,

I have a Kittinger secretary desk.  It has a few condition issues in the finish here and there.  I've tried to show the two most noticeable in the photos.  Can you tell me the wood species this is made of, an approximate value, and any other general information about this piece that might not be obvious?  (I've done some general research on Kittinger and this pattern).

I have more pictures, but was limited to two as you know.

Thank you in advance.

Dear Will,

What you have is a Kittinger CW-1 Secretary/Bookcase fashioned out of mahogany with
pine secondary. It is an accurate reproduction of a Circa 1780 Massachusetts example.

This particular model, taken from the original in Colonial Williamsburg was first created
in 1937 and was a popular seller since it was produced, until 1990 when the old Kittinger
company went out of business.

Although the company has reorganized, it is not making reproductions like this desk no

The demand for this furniture has drifted over the recent years and I have seen the
Secretary sell for as little as $450. to a high of $5,000. In viewing those prices, this
should give you an idea of the limited demand for this pieces today.

It all comes down to finding the right buyer in today's marketplace since all the new
furniture buyers are in search for mid-fifties modern.


George E. Harrison III

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