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Rockford Cabinet Co. Secretary
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I just picked this up at a rummage sale yesterday and was curious for more information.  It says it is from the Rockford Cabinet Co. Attached is a picture.  Please let me know any other information needed.  Thanks!

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Jessi - Rockford Cabinet Co was part of the great furniture industry in Rockford, IL in the 1920s and 1930s. It was driven by the surge of Scandinavian immigrant craftsmen who settled in the area around the turn of the century.

Your cabinet is a bookcase secretary from the 1930s. The style is a typical Depression era mix of a number of elements, for example the feet are Chippendale and the drawer pulls are William and Mary. The wood grill over the glass is called a muntin and was used to simulate the original small pieces of wood that held individual panes of glass in the doors of 18th century cabinets.

I can't tell from the photo (too dark) if the wood is mahogany or walnut, probably walnut veneer from that period.

In good condition it would sell at auction in the $100-$200 range.

Thanks for writing.

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.

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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 www.furnituredetective.com

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