What it worth? Roll top desk


Roll top desk

Alyssa asks:

Hey Wally,

We have a c-top rolltop 3/4 slat double pedestal desk that we were told was made in the 1950s in Alaska and is made of mahogany. It is in great shape. Few scuffs, tears or scratches. The roll top part of it works great.
It has a marble inlay writing surface 22 x 20.
It has brass drop knobs.
It is roughly 51″ tall, 27″ wide, and 60″ long.
Thank you.

AW says: That’s a very good quality Roll Top Desk as indicated by several features. The most prominent being, it’s abundant amount of cubbyholes, the raised panel design, the marble writing surface and the brass knobs. I think I disagree on the wood though, it appears to be of Walnut with oak braces and supports. However, it could be Mahogany, pictures don’t always give a 100% perspective.

Date range: 1950s

Retail value: $900-$1200
(top price)

Wholesale value: $500
(The midrange price you could expect to achieve at a well advertised live auction. The price that is most often realized)

Quick sale value: $300
The price your likely to get if you have to sell your item immediately and your prospective customer is aware of this.

Common trade terminology: Roll Top Desk, 1950s Roll Top Desk, Rolltop Desk, C Roll Top Desk,

Nicknames or slang terms: C-Roll Desk

Selling tips: The challenge with selling something this size is it’s size and the fact that only a limited amount of people looking for it. Oddly enough, those are it’s biggest assets as well because when you find a buyer, they’re not going to see a lot of these around.

I’d try to market it on Craigslist or another good classified ad venue. Play up the paneled drawers and the marble writing surface.

In most cases, I believe it would be beneficial for your to give the prospective buyer a link to this page, and to bookmark it via your favorite bookmarking service.

Care and storage tips: The best thing to cover those scratches with is Old English scratch cover, it works like magic. Make sure you use the kind for dark woods and that you wipe off the excess.