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I am trying to determine the value of a large J.F. Dietz wooden desk. It still functions beautifully (drawers don't stick, no pieces missing), but is not in ideal condition, as the wood finish has stains and scratches from years of regular use.

Anne - Your desk appears to be from the Depression era of the 1930s to the immediate post War period of the late 1940s. It is a commercial model and way well have been used as a military desk. The top appears to be made of walnut veneer. The rest of the desk is made of a secondary wood called gum.

It is not old enough to be considered an antique and considering its finish condition it would have little resale value in its current state, probably in the $100 range or less.

Thanks for the extra photos.

Fred Taylor  

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