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QUESTION: I have this desk that I would like age, current value and restored value.  Made by imperial desk company.  Executive desk.  Two pull out work surfaces and one drawer is a filing cabinet.  Hopefully these pictures are better.


as shown the desk would sell around 200
restored around 800

from the 1960-70s

called mid century and the veneer appears to be mahogany

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QUESTION: Imperial desk company was sold in 1956 so this desk had to have been made prior to that.   Please research with me so I can get a correct value.

ANSWER: The values are correct.  Which company, in this instance, will make no difference in market value.  The condition and styling dictates the market value.  The styling dictates the age, usually. If you would send a picture of the label, good, clear, close, and infocus, I can get closer.  again please use the followup function so the entire thread will be joined.  The exact type of label is always helpful in determining ages even though in past times they would use all the old labels before moving on to the new ones.  The label should be a decal and I would be surprised if there was not a Mahogany Association decal in one of the drawers.

Right now the mid century items, which this styling is, is starting to come into its own as younger people are seeing the 40/50/60 items as desirable.

The company was Imperial Furniture Company and yes it is listed as being 1903-1954, however, when Foote died in 54 the company was sold to Bergsma Brothers.  Bergsma Brothers kept the labeling the same, 'Imperial Grand Rapids' until into the 1970s.  looking more closely at the desk hardware and trying to see the type of feet it is late 50s early 60s vintage in the danish modern or swedish modern style, but again, please send a picture of the label so i can be sure.

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QUESTION: Attached label.  Thanks for all your help.

now all is clear, you said imperial desk company and i went for imperial furniture company in grand rapids, since they were more prominent.  OOOOPS is all i can say about that.

imperial desk company was in Evansville IN.  even so the age and values remain the same.
company operated from 1912 to 1966 when they were bought by dictaphone then merged into b l marble furniture company until 1971.

hope this is more clear.

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robert klein


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. 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.


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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