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Value of an Antique Writing Desk?

I have a Bayveiw Michigan writing desk with fold down front and middle drawer. It has the number 76 on it. The wood is reddish in color. How can I determine the value?

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December 4, 20180 found this helpful

The best way to find the value is to locate an exact version of yours on either eBay or one of the furniture auctions and see what it SOLD for. Never use asking price to set a value. I can list something for a million dollars, but if someone only pays me $1 then that is today's value! That is the new wave of the market!!

Once you find a sold example, that will give you today's current market value. Not all are advertised with the number, so research an be time consuming as you have to match photos.

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Be sure to search it as Bay View and bayview as I have seen them listed both ways. I have also seen them listed just by style--like spinet leg or spinet desk or ladies writing table. Get creative in your search and it will shorten the research time!

Without a picture, I can't only give you some samples of what is out there...

The ones I am giving you are UNSOLD, so you will have to watch them to see if they sell and for how much:

www.chairish.com/.../bay-view-furniture-co-antique-mahogany...

archive.knoxnews.com/.../joe-rosson-spinet-desk-likely-made...

This one has a number that isn't yours, but I am including it because it gives some good info about the company:

archive.knoxnews.com/.../joe-rosson-spinet-desk-likely-made...

Worthpoint has one that sold, but i recently learned they changed their rules and I am not able to pay for their membership at the moment...if you know someone who has one, this one was actually sold, but you have to join and pay now to get the particulars (GRRR):

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www.worthpoint.com/.../antique-mahognay-ladies-writing-desk...

These are neat pieces and some have held their value. Condition is everything with these, so if yours is in good shape, it will fetch more than one that has been well loved.

You are also probably best to sell it through a trusted vintage furniture dealer as if it is one of the more valuable ones, people on the Facebook or other sites may want to scam you with payment and you don't need that.

Post back what you learn and a photo if you are so inclined.

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December 4, 20180 found this helpful

A similar desk was reduced to $540 and did not sell yet.www.chairish.com/.../bay-view-furniture-co-antique-mahogany...

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