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I have an Ethan desk made in England - believed to be made

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I have an Ethan Allen desk made in England - believed to be made in the late 1800's.
Green leather top embossed with gold scroll, dovetail drawers, and carved scroll work through out. I have photos.
It is in very good condition as it has rarely been moved. There a few scrapes on the leather and usage marks on the front edge above the middle drawer.
I am interested in learning the type of style it is called, the history of Ethan Allen making this type of furniture, and of course, the value.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 2 months ago.

Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques collector, dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you.

Please send me at least one photo of the desk. If there are any labels, please send a photo of that using the macro function of your camera.

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Please know that the Ethan Allen furniture division was established in 1939.

If you desk is truly made by the Ethan Allen furniture co, it would have been made after then.

I was also unable to find that the firm ever had a factory in England. It had showrooms in England but no information about a factory there.

See the history of the company here.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethan_Allen_(furniture_company)

I look forward to receiving your photos.

Kind regards,

Doris

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I read that history and wondered how this came to be.I will try the photos again
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I started researching this a few weeks ago and read through much of the Ethan Allen furniture information on the web, but nothing shows up about this
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Were you able to open the photos?
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 2 months ago.

Yes.

It could be Ethan Allen had a factory in England for a brief period but I still do not date the piece late 19thC. Ethan Allen copied 18thC American styles which copied English styles of the same period. That is why the desk looks so old.

Why do you think it is late 19thC (ie, late 1800s)?

Kind regards,

Doris

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I was simply going by the style. Here is an article you may be interested in. Not that it answers my question, but it does goes another part of Ethan Allen history overseas. Thank you for trying though. I will give you a good rating for trying; but, I hope you understand why I will be asking for a refund. I am putting you in my favorites and will submit another piece of furniture to you tomorrow, late afternoon, when I get home. Have a good evening
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 2 months ago.

Understood.

I did not receive the link to the history of Ethan Allen overseas.

Kind regards,

Doris

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
sorry let me try again... https://books.google.com/books?id=H84WAgAAQBAJ&pg=PT57&lpg=PT57&dq=when+did+ethan+allen+manufacture+furniture+in+england&source=bl&ots=eA2jfgSEWp&sig=6F3XsoUZFjBoOZGhQwSyMKutpYc&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj7k9PPu8LPAhXDeD4KHT4VAv8Q6AEIXTAI#v=onepage&q=when%20did%20ethan%20allen%20manufacture%20furniture%20in%20england&f=false
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 2 months ago.

I really see nothing here that confirms a plant in England in late 1800s.

As I read it, they seem to have manufactured in many venues around the world but after 2000 when Markor became affiliated with Ethan Allen.

Respectfully,

Doris

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