Collectibles-General (Antiques)/antique desk


QUESTION: I'm 21 and getting ready to move into my first apartment, so I regularly check local ads for cheap secondhand furniture, appliances, etc. Yesterday I came across this desk and just thought it was charming. The woman couldn't tell me much because she had also gotten it secondhand, but she said it was "over 50 years old." Obviously there's some wear; mainly just scuffs but it looks pretty good overall to me. She said her husband refinished the top, but then got bored with it and they didn't have a use for it anymore. I figured for only $45 and being solid wood and seemingly well-made, it didn't have to be in great condition. As with everything I've bought secondhand, I eventually got curious about the age, where it's from, etc. I found a similar one in a question you answered before, so maybe you can help me. Mainly I'm wondering about the age and value.

ANSWER: It is from the 1920-40 era and is made of mahogany veneer over another species of wood.
This type of shape is more desirable and they are used as desks an vanities.

depending on the condition they sell between 150 and 450 in a shop, 450 being in pristine condition.

i suggest that you use antique mahogany color Briwax and wax the desk before doing anything else.  you may like how it turns out.

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QUESTION: Thanks so much! I will try the wax. One thing I forgot to ask, it looks very much like some Sligh desks I have seen, but I can't find a maker's mark on it anywhere. Do you think it is a Sligh or just a look alike?

Many manufacturers made similar items and this desk is no exception.  anytime something deviates from a square in furniture it cost more to make and to buy.  without a label there is noway to know.

sleigh was one company that marked their items but even still there is no guarantee everything was marked, you never know.

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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.

Professional Refinishers Groop, Int., AIC, Antiques Dealers Association

BA Florida State University BA University of West Florida 1971

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