Collectibles-General (Antiques)/antique desk


Could you tell me anything about this piece.There are no markings Thank you

Florence - Your desk is from the late 1940s. It is made of ribbon striped mahogany veneer and has a serpentine front. It has Chippendale pierced batwing drawer pulls and Chippendale style ball and claw feet. These desks typically have an interior that features a small door (prospect door) and two columns that pull out to disclose drawers (document drawers) as well as pigeon holes for letters or other items. That is called a "fitted" interior.

The drop supports, called lopers, automatically extend when the lid is opened. No way to tell who made it without a maker's mark.

In good condition desks like this sell at auction in the $200-$300 range.

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Fred Taylor

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I will attempt to answer questions about American antique furniture, including construction details, style, period, manufacturers, care, repair and storage. I do not have any background in appliances, musical instruments, sewing machines, trunks, lighting, clocks or children's and baby furniture and will not respond to questions about those items.


I ran an antique furniture restoration business for twenty years. I am a nationally syndicated columnist on the subject of antique furniture for such publications as Antique Week and New England Antiques Journal. I have produced one video on the subject of furniture identification and my book "HOW TO BE A FURNITURE DETECTIVE" is now available.I have also published articles in Antique Trader, Chicago Art Deco Society, Northeast Magazine, Victorian Decorating and Lifestyles, Professional Refinishing, Antiques and Art Around Florida and Antique Shoppe. You can visit my website at

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