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Desks164 of 633secretary/bookcaseVintage Writing Desk
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    Posted 5 years ago

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    I purchased this desk several years ago at an auction and have no history on it. I've been told it may be a teacher's desk. I do know from the wear that it is very old. Not a typical secretary desk because the writing surface lifts up. The writing surface would be used in the closed position as it has a little ledge there...much like a podium I suspect. Can anyone help me on this? Any idea of the value?

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    1. fortapache fortapache, 5 years ago
      Looks like Bob Cratchit's desk. He was the clark for Scrooge.
    2. eljay, 5 years ago
      That's so funny...I looked it up and you're absolutely right!

      Even in the Disney version:
    3. eljay, 5 years ago
      I'm ultimately looking for the value of the desk. I will need to sell it in the near future. Anyone have an idea?
    4. bossnews1 bossnews1, 5 years ago
      It's a School Masters desk. I have one of the exact same design. The only difference being the legs are square and tapered on mine. and mine in a light color wood. It's been dated to the 1830s very recently by two antique dealers who told me I wasn't asking enough for it priced at $1800.00. Yours looks to be a bit later vintage. I got on here to learn more about what I had when I saw this one. I posted it locally on C.L. for $2800.00 yesterday and have had several interested parties contact me already. Good luck.Bob
    5. eljay, 5 years ago
      Thanks so much bossnews1. That's very interesting and very good news indeed. I suspected 1800's but that confirms what I was thinking. I'd love to see a photo of yours...will look it up. Thanks again.
    6. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
      seems pretty solidly empire, so 1830s to 1850 seems right. not too many fussy details or i would date later.

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