Antique S Roll-Top Desk

Antique Oak S Roll Top Desk

Inside of S Roll Desk







AW: Says, this is an S-Roll Top Desk, as opposed to the the C-roll or cylinder roll.  It’s made of solid oak and was quite the workhorse in it’s day. This large desk has plenty of drawer space for the office worker, and is certainly an office piece of furniture, although it has blended aesthetics of a home piece, which make it more attractive to the homeowner or decorator.

For example, it has drawer banks that go all the way to the floor instead of being up on legs. It has solid oak paneled sides and wooden handles.

This is circa turn of the 20th century.

Retail value, $1,800

Wholesale Value $400

(The difference between retail value and wholesale values is quite a gap these days for large, brown furniture. While the person who wants just a piece for their home can expect to pay a pretty penny, because few want to give such beautiful pieces away, the fact is, that the dealers are finding fewer buyers for such items.) Thus when such items come up for auction (which is usually a wholesale market, they sell poorly, but when/if a re-seller has such an item in their shop, they’ll ask quite a bit. Especially with an item like this which can be used while it’s for sale.



Wedding Cake Chandelier

Chandelier crystals

Suzie asks:

This chandelier is in a house I purchased 2 years ago. The owner asked to keep it, but I asked her to leave in the house. She purchased it several years before and had to have her ceiling reinforced as it was too heavy. She has since passed on and so I can’t ask about it. It seems to me that the purple hanging glass has been added.

There is no other information I have. Thank you for your help.

Wedding cake chandelier



AW says: I can see why she would have wanted to take it with here, but usual real estate sales don’t allow removing wired fixtures. You were right to request that it stay.

This is beautiful and worthy of a ballroom. I can only imagine what the rest of the house is like. Yes, the purple crystal is added on after, perhaps it had sentimental value.

This is a contemporary piece in a neo-classic design. In order to support the weight, I’d wager the metal is solid brass. The form  reverse “wedding cake”.

The crystal work and formation is exemplary and I’m guessing you’d want to keep it where it is!

Retail value: $4,500

Wholesale value: $1,800.


Antique Victorian Photograph

Antique Victorian Photograph

Antique Victorian Photograph



Darlene asks: What can you tell me about the value of this antique victorian photograph?

AW says: This is a turn of the 20th century photo in a beautiful walnut frame. The documentation you’ve sent with it serves to identify the subjects.  But from research I’ve done, the people in the photograph are  not historically important to  collectors.

While Ceaser Montanelli is certainly a significant figure in the world of agriculture, this does not spill over into the world of antique photographs.

If the couple were doing something other than only posing for this photograph, it could have more value.

The frame is lovely, and some may be interested in a picture like this for period costume reference.

Retail value: $125

Wholesale value $50

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