Hi, i have what i think is an antique desk by the Huntington Chair Corporation West Virginia and I was just wondering if it is indeed a nice piece to hold on to and what it might be worth.
Answer "antique" pertaining to antique furniture is 100 years. this is rather restrictive so i prefer antiques and collectibles as this allows pieces like yours which are mid 20th c to be included.
The 100 year issue was due to a tariff bill passed in congress in 1930 stating that certain objects made prior to 1830 were to be considered antiques. Hence the 100 year rule. Coincidentally, the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act furthered the depression according to many scholars.
Anyhow, mid century in this style is becoming quite collectible and this one is quite nice. As to value, I deal in older furniture but have seen furniture such as this sell at prices last year around 500. i would keep it and wax it with a good furniture paste wax like briwax or johnsons floor paste wax every few years.
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.
Organizations Professional Refinishers Groop, Int.,
Antiques Dealers Association
Education/Credentials BA Florida State University
BA University of West Florida 1971