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We just got a mahogany secretary desk (ladies writing desk)

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We just got a mahogany secretary desk (ladies writing desk) drawers have XV. Etc. What's a good place to start for research? Drawers are all dovetailed
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Antiques
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Not machine dovetail
Expert:  Nora replied 2 years ago.
Hi There~
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At your convenience, please send clear in-focus close-ups of a corner of a drawer so I can see the dovetailing.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Expert:  Nora replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for the images.
Please allow me some time to look these over for you.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you so much! I spent 8 hour researching this and finally decided to turn to the experts.
Expert:  Nora replied 2 years ago.
Expert:  Nora replied 2 years ago.
At your convenience, please clarify for me what information it is that you seek on this desk.
Thank you,
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
If you knew the value and when it was made.
Expert:  Nora replied 2 years ago.
ok, thank you for clarifying.
Expert:  Nora replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your patience and my apologies for the delay, I had family visiting from out of town.
This ladies desk was made circa 1900. The main to age clues are the patina and graining of the wood used as well as the overall shape, which is a French Louis Revival form from the Late Victorian into the Edwardian period.
The joinery of the drawers is indeed machine produced. True hand-made hand-cut dovetail would be in triangular form.
On today’s market, this would sell for a high average of $300 - $400. The suggested insurance or replacement value is $750.
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