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I purchased a secretary style desk today with a slanted drop

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I purchased a secretary style desk today with a slanted drop top, claw and ball feet, support beams that pull out, and incredible ornate woodwork. The outside of the desk is in great shape. The inside is a little rough from wear and tear. I believe it could be mahagonny or walnut. Most of my research points to Chippendale period. Would you agree based on the above? What other characteristics can I use to age this desk and possibly find out where it was made? Thanks!
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Frank replied 2 years ago.

Hello and Welcome to Just Answer,

My name is***** am a Personal Property Appraiser and would be happy to assist you with your question.

Do you have any photos of the dove tails or joints on the sides of the drawers you may be able to send?

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The attached is the best I have of the fittings at the side of the drawers. The desk will be in my possession on Tuesday and I can provide a better picture then if needed. Thanks!
Expert:  Frank replied 2 years ago.

Thank you very much for sending over that photo. The picture worked out great, I could see exactly what was needed see. Your desk is a 20th century reproduction of a Chippendale slant front desk. The Paw foot and batwing brasses are indicative of that style made popular in the 18th century.

This piece would have been produced in the mid 20th century. In the current market you would be looking at a resale value of around 350-450USD for the desk. The antique and colonial American styles have taken a bit of a back seat to more modern styles in the market, dropping the values quite a bit with the demand.

I hope this information was helpful to you today.

Best of luck with your desk.

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I admit your response was not what I expected. What were the signs this desk was a reproduction in the 20th century and not an older piece? What was signature about the joints that dated it newer rather than older? I am attaching a few additional picture for added review. Thanks!
Expert:  Frank replied 2 years ago.

It was a combination of things including the finish, the way the brasses were made, the lack of handmade dovetails and the lack of detail i the carved feet. These all lead to the fact that this is a machine made piece made in the 20th century.