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Posted 3 years ago

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SheilaG
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I found this desk in a flea market and thought it was very interesing. It has so many hidden drawers and at least one drawer hidden in side another drawer. Everything on the front is actually a drawer, even the parts that look like decorative pieces. Its hard to tell from the pictures but there is leather on the writing area of the desk.

How would I determine if the desk is old or guestimate the value of it? I believe I can purchase it for about $200. I really like it, even if it is not old. It has a lot of character!

Sheila

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  1. Pop_abides Pop_abides, 3 years ago
    BUY IT !
  2. Pop_abides Pop_abides, 3 years ago
    If you wait, someone else will get your 'treasure', buy it then worry about the details.........You like it and that should be enough, borrow the money if you have to !
  3. Pop_abides Pop_abides, 3 years ago
    Oh, yeah, in case you didn't get the message, let ME know where it is...............I WILL BUY IT !
  4. Sheila, 3 years ago
    Hey Pop! I am smiling, I had already made my mind up to get it, need to convince my hubby. I think he is getting tired of me bringing treasures home and we are running out of room. They sort of migrate thru. One favorite being replaced by another. The market is closed today, but I am going to get a messege to the owner to put my name on it until I can get there Monday morning with some cash!! I hope I can find out more about it. He obtained it from an estate sale. He also has an old Victrola that he is looking for a cord, to see if it works. I will post a picture of it soon.
  5. Sheila, 3 years ago
    Now, I'm undecided. I had a chance to look the desk over, pulled it out in the aisle and found that it was made in Indonesia. Maybe I will offer him less for it. It is still a pretty reproduction.
  6. vanskyock24 vanskyock24, 3 years ago
    are any of the drawers dovetailed- just cause it is from indonesia dont mean its not old just have to check it out good
  7. Sheila, 3 years ago
    I will have to check. I pulled out some of the drawers but was paying more attention to all the secret compartments and drawers I did not look closely at the construction of them. It is in 2 pieces the top is separate from the bottom, which I did not notice first time I looked at it. Thanks for the suggestion, I will check it again tomorrow.
  8. cis2you cis2you, 3 years ago
    be careful and watch for wood splits. So much of the Indonesian furniture is subject to splitting wood. It is pretty tho.
  9. Sheila, 3 years ago
    I did not see any, but was sort of disappointed that it is from Indonesia. It is not very good quality upon closer inspection. Don't think it is old, just a nice looking reproduction. I offered to do some photo and web work in exchange for it! Don't think I will pay $200 for it though.
  10. Pop_abides Pop_abides, 3 years ago
    Sorry the way it turned out, It looks great still....
  11. Sheila, 3 years ago
    Yes, I know and I still think it is pretty. It would look nice in my spare bedroom, replacing a very plain desk that is back there... For the right price or trade for the photo work would be a good deal... for both of us actually! Thanks a bunch!!
  12. Pop_abides Pop_abides, 3 years ago
    Well? what did you choose ?
  13. Angie, 3 years ago
    We actually own this desk, and I LOVE it. I know it may not be worth much, but my husband's parents actually bought it in indonesia and had it shipped here. I love the little drawers and compartments. Also, not sure if you knew this but there are a few hidden drawers behind the drawers on the bottom of the little drawers (hope that makes sense) you have to pull the drawers out to get to them. I haven't put anything in them b/c I'm sure I'd forget about them at some point. But they're fun :-)
  14. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 months ago
    The desk is definitely Irish Georgian style which is very beautiful. Since there are now some books on Irish furniture, it kind of throws a lot of the old English books on English furniture rather useless as many of their items now are known to be Irish instead of English. They are making these types of furniture now. It is new as they really never made this type of piece in the Georgian day. BTW Indonesia makes a lot of the Venetian "antique" mirrors now and they seem quite well done.
    If this was made in the early 20th century it might have been something that would have gone up in value. They still had some excellent makers which are shown in the Irish furniture book also. The author finally did the book only a few years ago and usually when a book comes out on an item then the item can go up in value. Probably his cause as less than a year later he was selling a lot of his rare furniture from his castle to hopefully keep it in his family, although he also rents rooms to travelers. Quite expensive I imagine.
  15. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 months ago
    BTW, a lot of Bombay company furniture also comes from Indonesia and reproduces the old English styles also.

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