Identifying Mahogany Twin Pedestal Desk?

This mahogany twin pedestal desk belonged to my great grandfather. Don't where or when he acquired it, except that it was prior to the early 1970s. I've had it for the past 45 years. Help with when it might have been built is appreciated!


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April 23, 20210 found this helpful

Beautiful desk.
It is rare to see a 'brand' name on this style desk because so many companies made them and sold to any store/business that wanted them.
This style has probably been popular since the early 19th century but I believe your desk was made in the 50's-60's. This style is called so many names that it would take forever to do research.
Twin pedestal
Partner's desk
Victorian (occasionally)

These might have different charismatics but most were basically the same 'style'.
Some styles had full base molding (solid 2-4 inch base) while others had partial (like yours) and other had legs of different styles. One big difference was a leather top and these were really popular for many years.
And then another style had a closed back and these were more often used when ladies occupied the space - secretary, receptionist, etc.

You do not mention value but this style desk is very plentiful so the value will fluctuate with factors such as condition, style and location. Location is a big factor in value as shipping cost are very high for large pieces of furniture.
Although these desks are usually called '3 part desks' (can be taken a part into 3 pieces) it is not usually recommended as some say the desk is never the same after this.
Your area may love this style furniture while others (such as mine) will not buy a 'writing desk' as hardly anyone has room for 2 desks and a computer desk is a necessity essential.
I've seen this style listed for sale from $95 - $895 but the only sold items have been less than $125.
Should you decide to sell you should always start with a higher price with offers considered and free local pick up. You can always lower the price if no offers received.

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April 23, 20210 found this helpful

This is traditional furniture and has been made for at least 200 years. Look inside the drawers. You may find a makers mark. If the drawers are dovetailed and the dovetails are even, they were done by machine, which makes the piece newer than the dovetails that are uneven. Uneven dovetails mean the piece was handmade.

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April 24, 20210 found this helpful

This is a kneehole desk. "The kneehole desk was developed in England in the early 18th century. Its top was supported by two banks of cupboards, or drawers, separated by a space for the legs of the person seated at the desk. Larger versions - known as library tables or partners' desks - enabled two people to work facing each other. "

Finding out the manufacturer if there is no maker's mark is quite difficult.
The style of your desk is Colonial. (Georgian kneehole desks look a bit different

Basically, at all such desks that I have come across, I have seen drawer pulls with fastening on the sides, for example, as here:,
Your table has a little unusual drawer pulls - round, with fasteners in the middle. Unfortunately, I have not come across a single desk or any furniture with such drawer pulls. Here drawer pull like yours on sale separately, but there is no information about the year of manufacture or the manufacturer:,
Here the seller of the same drawer pulls writes that he removed them from 1960's furniture: Thus, furniture with such drawer pulls like yours was made in the 1960s.

So, you have American Colonial Style Mahogany Kneehole Desk Pedestal Partner Writing Desk 1960s. The price is about 200-600$.

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