Unique oak desk/table?

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  1. Bobsacwood

    Bobsacwood New Member

    Hello, I inherited this piece of antique oak furniture. It is signed has carved footings and has dovetail joints on the drawer.

    Does anyone recognized the signed name which I think says “C” or “L” M. Kelly?

    I live in California but my this was from my mother-in-law who was original from St. Louis, MO.

    I have no idea of the value of this piece. Any suggestions are welcome
  2. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Did you forget to post your photographs? If you need help in doing so, someone will be along shortly with instructions, I'm sure.

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    i need help Moderator Moderator

  4. Bobsacwood

    Bobsacwood New Member

    I thought I did…oops file too large…
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    i need help Moderator Moderator

    Email photos to yourself as Medium.
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    Bobsacwood New Member

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    Bobsacwood New Member

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    I’ve enlarged your photos. Just check the box for Full Images, next time. :)
  9. say_it_slowly

    say_it_slowly The worst prison is a closed heart

    With the lower shelf I believe I'd call it a library table. While waiting for those really knowledgeable furniture folks to weigh in I'll just ask. Are there any other maker markings anywhere underneath, elsewhere on the drawer etc?
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  10. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    I'm not really sure what that signature says..........but it's larger & enhanced a bit...

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  11. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Initial Initial Kelly.

  12. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    That may not be the maker's signature; it could also have been somebody's kid. Usually a maker's signature is on the underside or inside.
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  13. Boland

    Boland Well-Known Member

    Library table. Maybe 1930’s- 1950’s or so (not sure) I don’t know to me it looks like maybe GN Kelly or GK Nelly. But I also don’t think that’s the maker’s signature. Agreed. Looks like the hasty work of a naughty child (but might be wrong)

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  14. Boland

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  15. Boland

    Boland Well-Known Member

    I don’t know. It seems your library table can even date from the 1910’s or so to 1950’s or so. Better wait from the members that really known furniture. But it can look very nice refurbished/renewed..
  16. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    I think G.N. Kelly has been a naughty boy.
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  17. Fern77

    Fern77 Active Member

    I think the naughty boy's middle initial is an H, and it's a library table all right (no one says it can't be your desk). Looks Edwardian to me, but can't see details close enough. ghopper will have the final word on whether it's Victorian or later, but all in all, very nice!
  18. Darkwing Manor

    Darkwing Manor Well-Known Member

    Could we have a close-up of the feet, please? Not yours...the table? :shame:
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  19. Lark

    Lark Well-Known Member

    Naughty boy back when they were allowed to carry pocket knives. Or He used the pointy end of the protractor. I caught many of my student using theirs to carve in the desk.
  20. verybrad

    verybrad Well-Known Member

    Circa 1900, oak. Signature has nothing to do with the maker. Value is dependent on where and how selling. This would be around $150.00 at retail here in my semi-rural Midwest location. You might do better in CA. At auction or other wholesale venues, a lot less.
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