Collectibles-General (Antiques)/curio/desk



Hi Fred, I have a bowed glass curio with a drop down desk from my husband's grandma.  I don't know anything about it and would like to find out.  The sticker on the back says Waterville Furniture Co. The best line for your money Waterville Minn.  I am unable to find info on this company.  I have contacted the county historical society with no response.  Are you familiar with this company and or their pieces?  I would like to find more info about the piece I have.  Thank You!

Kristie - Your cabinet is called a side by side bookcase/secretary. It was factory made around the turn of the 20th century. It is made of quartersawn white oak veneers and solids. Quarter sawing is a method of cutting an oak log that produces the distinctive grain pattern seen in the wood. Quarter sawing is further explained and illustrated in my book “HOW TO BE A FURNITURE DETECTIVE.” You can also read more about it here.

The cabinet is part of the Golden Oak period of American furniture from 1880 to around 1920. Here is more about that.

It would sell at auction in the $200-$300 range. Here is a similar cabinet that sold at auction in September 2013 for $225.

Waterville Furniture Co does not appear in my reference library.

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.


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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