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QUESTION: Just wondering what this writing desk is worth, it belonged to my Mom, there is a paper stamp on the inside of the center drawer, H.E.Shaw Furniture, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Writing desk
Writing desk  
QUESTION: Second picture of the writing per your request.

This is called a spinet desk.  usually manufactured of sweet gum or birch wood for the frame and legs with mahogany veneer for the top, sides and faces.  made around 1920 and i believe the company operated under that name from 1910-1933.

they did specialize in spinnet desks.

hope this helps

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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. 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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