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   I was given this item by my Grandmother, I do not know the origins before that.  I was thinking about refinishing this item but a friend told me that I may want to check it's value before I did. I apologize before hand on the quality of the pictures.  If I left the item "as is" and not refinished, I wanted to know if it would be worth it to replace the lock that is on the "drop down desk" part.  I've searched through many search engines and sites, I can find several HP Robertson pieces of furniture but known that looks even close to what I have.  The label underneath reads # 1037/HP Robertson Co/MakersofTable/Jamestown New York
   Thank you again for your time, patience and forbearance in this inquiry.

Sherry D. Dickens

This was made in the 1920s.

To answer your specific question, replacing the lock, if it is missing, is certainly doable.  The locks for this age furniture is easily found.  Whitechapel, paxton, vintage hardware to name a few.

before you refinish, buy toluene free Briwax in a dark or medium walnut color and wax the piece then live with it for a few months, you might like it.  if you take less that an hour or t2oto wa it you have not done a thorough job.

the picture of the wood on the fall front of the desk is too distant to determine the species.  the rest is most likely sweet gum stained a walnut color from the factory.

finish looks to be original.

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In regards to American antique, vintage and collectible furniture I can help with wood identification, styles, age, periods, historical coatings, materials, techniques, repair, restoration, refinishing, and value. I do not study mid century and later furniture nor do I deal in lamps, and other smalls. You may ask for values and I will give you current market values, I will not give you 'feel good' values. Understand that there are many factors that contribute to market value. If you want a feel good, unrealistic number, please call a local inexperienced appraiser. It is my desire to help you and in doing so I increase my knowledge as well. For that I thank you.


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