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Who built? were told: "1865 'centennial' 4 drawer, slant top

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Who built? were told: "1865 'centennial' 4 drawer, slant top desk ( drawers, shell carved lock mini hinged cubby)- pull out side rails for slant drop support, multi pattern glass door'd (2) top secretary with bookshelves, cast brass hollow eagle on top between curved sculpted on top- near 8 ft height. Centennial was for 1776-1876." Finish beautiful etc- but upper bookshelves vertical back boards are plain- unfinished. Interior construction wood rough. Flat "Willow" brass pulls etc. 3 lower drawers are two bow -sawn or pressed about 3/4 in thick- upper two with locks. Top drawer is straight front inside with two bows carved from solid piece- same tapers some to slant top botom. Brass hinged pulls are on bow outs.
Inside under slant desk "bottom" (drawers out & look up) is very "flowery" writing- hard to decipher- is clearly "1899" then "Jonr or Janr"? Padoaoiofir ?, and under that possibly "Pyeniar"??? From Ohio/PA farmer.
Any idea who built etc??? Thank you.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Nora replied 2 years ago.


In general, most vernacular furniture cannot be traced to the exact maker unless the information was handed down through family generations or written/marked somewhere on the furniture. This is not uncommon with furniture and valuations are based on various other criteria. I would be happy to look over the desk for you. Please send images at your convenience. It does not cost extra to send pictures here.


Expert:  Nora replied 2 years ago.


I am wondering if you are still interested in having your item assessed?

Please let me know and do you have requested images available?

I look forward to reading back from you.