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Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT - / by Mike Huen

DEAR MIKE, My wife and I picked up this lit­tle gem a few months ago on one of our trea­sure-hunt­ing ex­pe­di­tions (garage sales) in ru­ral Manitoba. We love the look of the desk, and when we got home we no­ticed a lit­tle plaque on it, read­ing “T. Ea­ton & Co. con­tract depart­ment.” The con­struc­tion of the desk is ex­cel­lent and it’s in very good shape. We tried do­ing a lit­tle In­ter­net re­search on it and found noth­ing. Do you know any­thing abut this desk? We’re look­ing for age, where it would have been used and maybe its value.

Thank you, Derek C.


You have a school desk com­mon to ev­ery school. There were many dif­fer­ent de­signs to th­ese desks, de­pend­ing on the man­u­fac­turer. Ea­ton’s was one of many dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies pro­duc­ing com­mer­cial fur­ni­ture. Ear­lier desks had a hole to fit a bot­tle of ink for use with foun­tain pens. By the the late 1950s, this hole was phased out as ball­point pens were in­tro­duced. Your desk ap­pears to be made of maple. I would date your desk in the 1950s. Th­ese desks sell for $40 to $60. Mike Huen is an an­tique dealer and owner of Mike’s Gen­eral Store in Winnipeg. If you would like to have an item ap­praised, please in­clude a photo with your ques­tion. Email ques­tions to mike@mikesgen­er­al­, and put “Free Press” in sub­ject line, or write to Mike’s Ap­praisals, 52 St. Anne’s Rd., Winnipeg, MB, R2M 2Y3.

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