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Posted 7 years ago


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This was my grandmother's desk, and still has the key, has anyone seen one like it? I would like to know about it (age, etc.).


  1. areliczone areliczone, 7 years ago
    I have never seen a drop front desk like this. I can see it has an unusual system to hold up the drop front in the down position. Also the dead spaces on the sides of the pigon holes.
  2. Dizzydave Dizzydave, 7 years ago
    I am stumped on this one. It is not your typical desk. Heres what you need to do, send pics and measurements to Liegh Keno of the Keno Brothers on Antique Roadshow. Here is his auction house website
  3. Dizzydave Dizzydave, 7 years ago
    click: Invitation to Consign
    fill in info and they will let you know what it is and value.
  4. SMD SMD, 7 years ago
    I will look into that, thanks. Not sure if it's easy to make out, but there is a drawer under the drop-front. The sides have a motif a little different than the front, I will take a picture and post it.
  5. SMD SMD, 7 years ago
    Okay, I posted a photo of one side (the "bad side" as it seems to have some damage - the other side is fine, but it's up against the wall and I am not in the mood to move it out!
  6. Dizzydave Dizzydave, 7 years ago
    Thats fine, that can be fixed. It shows it has age so don't worry to much on the veneer cracks. Dave
  7. SMD SMD, 7 years ago
    I am not sure about contacting Leigh Keno, the link you provided says it is for those who are looking to consign their items. Anything I inherited is staying with me!
  8. SMD SMD, 7 years ago
    I am still stumped by this desk. To me it almost looks to be French in style?
  9. Vestaswind Vestaswind, 7 years ago
    Here's a site that might give you an idea. Notice the 19th century one and the legs
  10. SMD SMD, 7 years ago
    Thanks, Vestaswind - that could be it's fancy cousin! It has the same type of mechanism to hold the drop front when opened. The design is similar with marquetry flower detail inlay and the shape is close. Very interesting! The plot thickens...
  11. Vestaswind Vestaswind, 7 years ago
    When I google French or French style they all come up with the same legs, and over all style
  12. SMD SMD, 7 years ago
    Found another similar one:
  13. Pop_abides Pop_abides, 7 years ago
    I've been around a lot of french stuff, this looks like a bombe style commode with a desk insert of some sort, any others I have seen all have the desk fully fitting the 'inside' of the piece instead of being straight sided like this..........I'm thinking that this is a repop from the 40's or 50's......... I could be wrong sure is pretty !

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