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    Aug 15, 2007, 03:00 AM
    Cutler roll top desk
    How can I tell if this is the genuine article?
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    Aug 16, 2007, 02:02 AM
    This is a tough one, because if it is the real thing, then it could be worth quite a bit of money. It's very hard to tell without actually examining the piece.

    From the following site: Collectibles--General (Antiques): roll top desk

    Mark - Cutler is the granddaddy of all roll top desks. The first American patent for a roll top was issued to Abner Cutler, owner of Cutler Desk of Buffalo, NY in 1850. The flexible tambour of his design has been the basis for most American roll top designs since then. The Cutler Desk Co was active at least until 1919. I haven't found anything later than that. Some of the better built models from the late 1800s can run to $10,000 at auction but 20th century models are valued in the high hundreds to low thousands, based on configuration and condition. I suggest you seek an informal opinion from an antiques dealer, preferably one who is more familiar with Victorian furniture than with period furniture. I know of one such dealer in Florida who specializes in late 19th and early 20th century office furniture. I will be happy to provide info if you are interested. Fred Taylor
    It really is not possible for someone on this site who is well-versed in such things to tell you whether it is the real thing or not without seeing it in person. My suggestion would be to follow the advice given in the answer from the site above. There may be an antique dealer near you that can help because they will be able to see it "live."

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