"The tray has a nice Art Nouveau design, probably from the early 20th century. The second line on the back is an abbreviation for "Gesetzlich Geschutzt" and is the German equivalent of a trademark, copyright or patent, as seen in the…"
"The frames appear to be bone, not ivory. The "paintings" appear to be cut-outs from a magazine, likewise the wording on the reverse. The boy dressed in blue is Gainsboro's "Blue Boy". The women could be wives of…"
"I just noticed that it appears there is a glass or clear plastic sheet on top of the desk. I don't think glass would have been original. as felt or leather would have been used as a writing surface. If the large amount of green is disturbing,…"
"I agree with you that it doesn't look like oak, but I can't tell what the wood is. Is it missing a door on one side? Replacing the felt with leather might be expensive. I think it is a nice desk, but I don't have information on…"
"Well, since labels identify different original makers for the table and chairs, that seems to confirm that the carving was done specially after purchase, either for everything, or, if Stickley did the carving on the chairs, the table and…"
"I suppose it's possible it was a custom order, either carved in the Stickley shop or intended for someone else to carve. I don't know enough about Stickley to know if that was an option. Hopefully someone more expert in Stickley will…"
"In looking for images of Stickley "Quaint" furniture on line I didn't see any other examples carved like this, giving some credence to the idea that the furniture did not come carved from the manufacturer. On the other hand, it seems…"
"Your pieces seem to have their original finish. I believe it is very important not to refinish or overclean the wood. I'm not sure if original finish on this type of Stickley is as important as on the fumed oak finishes of the more famous L.G.…"
"There is a great deal of information about Stickley furniture on line. The "Quaint" line was manufactured in Grand Rapids; another branch of the family remained in the east. The label on your furniture dates from 1902; there were several…"
"The one that sold is a lithographed metal sign; yours appears to be paper. If it is a paper copy of the original sign, or even an old paper version of the sign, I imagine its value is a lot less than that of the metal version."