I recently purchased this table/desk and would appreciate any information you can give me regarding age, purpose and value. There is a printed paper label on the bottom from Maddox Table Company Jamestown, NY. with the picture or a bull or ox. Stamped on the label is Kent Furniture Co. Petersburg, Va. and hand written is the number 1007. It measures 28" by 48" with a single drawer with brass pulls and an oval decoration affixed in center of drawer. The extreme bottom pieces on all 4 legs are not original.
Answer Mary - Your piece would have been used as a personal desk. The William and Mary style tear drop drawer pulls are not original. It appears to be made of mahogany and probably was made in the 1950s.
As you note the leg terminals are obviously not original. You can determine if they are additions to the legs or replacements for damaged portions by measuring the height. The original desk surface height was 30 inches. If the table is taller than that they are additions. If it still measures around 30 inches they are replacements for damaged legs.
The desk would sell at auction in the $50-$100 range.
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