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I purchase a captain Davenport writing desk and would to…

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I purchase a captain Davenport writing desk and would to find out if is an antique

Expert's Assistant: Don't you just love the idea of finding something valuable in your attic? I do, but I think all I have up there is junk my brothers abandoned before they left home. Always a good idea to check things with the Antiques Appraiser, though. Tell us what else you do know and the Antiques Appraiser will be able to better assist you.

Dovetail drawers, round irregular nails, pegs for reinforcement, non symmetrical carvings

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Wood does not seem to be cut by a circular saw

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Doris, Personal Property Appraiser
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What is the size of the desk in inches?

May I know how much you paid?

Photos are almost always required to give an accurate assessment. If you cannot send photos, I can still work with your descriptions; however, I can give more accurate answers if I have photos.
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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
33in by 21.5in
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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
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I do not normally participate in the extra charge phone call services. I give my best answers in thoughtful writing.

Besides, you will have an assessment to print out. I did not send the offer.

It is possible that another professional may choose to call you. I will still continue to work with you in writing.

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Please tell me if there are any screws in this desk? If so, what kind?

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Also, please compare the color of the bottom of the bottom side drawer to the color of the bottom of the top side drawer.

In old furniture with drawers, the underneath side of the lowest drawer should be darker than the underneath side of the highest drawer.

Please let me know about this and any screws.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Lower drawer is darker than top. Hinges have flat head slot screws. And drawer handles have pan head slot screws. Do not see any other screw. The small drawers on top have wooden knob handles no attachment inside the drawers, must be pegged in.

The fact that the underneath side of the bottom drawer is darker tells us this is an antique piece and not a recent reproduction. Dust and dirt over time darken the bottom side. Machine made screws were not available until the 19thC. Also, earlier hand made screws were very expensive to make and not often used in multiples.

As a 19thC Victorian Davenport desk, this would have an estimated retail value of $4000-5000 in a high end shop.

If you are reselling retail privately, you can expect to realize $3500-3900.

Online auctions like eBay generally bring wholesale selling prices.

If you would like to sell close to estimated retail, some ideas are:

The internet has your largest audience of buyers. Place small ads on these sites or set up your own small store on these sites.

Be sure to specify local pick up only for large items. That way the buyer would be responsible for obtaining his own insurance and transport.

These sites carry antique as well as vintage items.
Accept PayPal only.

Etsy.com - small fees-20 cents to list plus 3.5% final price.
Artfire.com

These sites are excellent and more upscale but fees are higher. I only recommend them if you have several items to sell.

Rubylane.com
Tias.com
cyberattic.com
trocadero.com
https://www.justcollecting.com

Or your nearest CraigsList.com where you can list items for free. Accept cash only.

Ultimately, to obtain these retail values we assume the piece or set is in good condition and that the final value depends on sale geographic location.

In general, a private seller to a dealer, via consignment or at auction can expect 30-50% of estimated retail value.

Insurance replacement values are usually about 20% more than retail values.

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