Collectibles-General (Antiques)/secretary desk

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My wife and I bought this secretary desk from an antique shop in Ventura, CA. I am originally from the Midwest and I remember seeing furniture like this often growing up, but it's uncommon to find it in this area. Would you be able to tell me about its age and where it was probably made?  The mirror and glass are original and the only part that looks to have been replaced are the shelves. Thank you for your help.

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called a side by side or secretary with bookcase.  oak but where manufactured will remain a mystery as without a label there is no way to determine which of the 5000 companies in operation made this.

it is a good one, the drawer pulls appear to have been replaced but that is of no consequence

grand rapids mi was the center of furniture manufacturing back in the pre 1900-1930s until it relocated in north carolina.  keep in mind that in the midwest, things were shipped from all points, in california, things came from the east.

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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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