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I picked this up from a yard sale for $8, not knowing anything about it but that it was interesting to me. I think it's a spinet flip top table/desk. The underside has "G4 MAHY" or "64 MAHY" printed on it. Here are the questions I have about it:
1. What wood is it made of?
2. How old is it?
3. The obligatory, what is the current fair market value?
4. Should I try to restore it (novice-intermediary skill) or sell it?

Thank you so much! I took many more photos if you would like them.

pictures are not close or clear enough to see wood grain.  these spinet desks are usually mahogany or walnut veneer.  legs unscrew.  made around 1920-40 and if you are going to sell then use brown toluene free Briwax and wax all surfaces.  should bring 125 cleaned and waxed.

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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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