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flip top spinet desk
flip top spinet desk  

flip top spinet desk
flip top spinet desk  
I would like to know the approximate age, value and manufacturer of this piece.  I was told it is very old, but I am not convinced.  It has a long drawer in the front with a pull out writing surface and 5 compartments of which the center one has a drawer. I am thinking of refinishing it, but didn't know if I should or not.

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this is the customary spinet desk made in teh 1920s in style and form.

the legs should unscrew.

as to manufacturer; there were 5000 in operation so without a label, no one can tell you who or where.

in the condition shown it would sell in a store at 175, restored properly it would sell at 375.

if your intent is to sell it then just use a dark colored wax like Briwax.

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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. robertsantiques@cox.net 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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I have been in the antiques furniture and restoration business and in the sales of antique furniture for 40+ years and have continued my education in the trade attending workshops and seminars by various organizations, institutions, and private collectors.

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