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  1. GregB

    GregB New Member

    IMG_0063.JPG IMG_0064.JPG IMG_0065.JPG My wife is really wanting a antique desk from Evansville IN because that is where her father and family is from. We found this one and they have a note in the drawer that is claiming the desk is a Karges which I know built in Evansville. The problem is that I don't trust notes. Can anyone help us with this?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

    Please always do this and you can go back and edit them now. :)
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  3. GregB

    GregB New Member

    Thanks for the tutorial. :)
     
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  4. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

    It is beautiful! :)
     
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  5. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

    You are welcome!
    They look great! :)
     
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  6. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

    Ok....as nice as that is I'd be shocked if it wasn't labeled, stamped on marked somewhere.
    Look everywhere, in, outside and under any drawers, doors and the back.
     
  7. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

    Stand by for others to pop by such as Brad and Johnny. :)
     
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  8. GregB

    GregB New Member

    Will do. I will let you know how it goes. So far we have the price down to $275.
     
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  9. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

    Even bumped up I think that's great! :)
     
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  10. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    ohhhh, dat's nice !!!!!
     
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  11. johnnycb09

    johnnycb09 Well-Known Member

    To me it looks more 1920s, vaguely french in style. It almost looks like a piece of hotel furniture. That price seems terribly steep,you can get far nicer antique desks for that much these days. I could be wrong though.
     
  12. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Vaguely French because of bombé base. Does look a bit utilitarian.

    Debora
     
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  13. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    It might be. You could contact them. I doubt it is 1886. The drawer pulls look later. Early 1900s.
    What do the dovetails look like. What kind of hardware? Screws?

    Scroll down to see current desks by them.
    http://www.karges.com/catalogue

    @verybrad
     
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  14. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    I just read the company history. They started in 1886. The son brought design to the company after WWI.

    "After WWI, Albert’s son, Edwin Karges Sr., an artist at heart, joined the company. After traveling Europe, Mr. "K" convinced his father to try some of the unique and traditional designs of European furniture. Because of Edwin Sr.’s designs, Karges Furniture pulled away from the pack with elaborate, carved case pieces and was set on the path to becoming the company it is today."


    http://www.karges.com/about
     
  15. verybrad

    verybrad Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't trust the note either. Could be Karges but might not be. Would think this piece post WWI. Price seems steep to me. Here in Central IL, even $200.00 at retail would be pushing it. Your market may vary.
     
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  16. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    I'd be guessing 1920s/30s with the hardware and the green. The $275 sounds steep to a dealer, but if you're buying it to live with it that's not bad. Just try and find anything made that well know and see where the prices are on those. Or don't, if your heart can't take the sticker shock. Even Ikea would charge more for a piece of flatpack nastiness that would fall apart after a few years.
     
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