100 year old Craftsman Desk Find

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Blog entry by KayBee posted 02-09-2015 01:37 AM 1139 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My mom runs a thrift store in the senior housing place she lives. She’s always calling me with ‘great finds.’ This time it turned out to be one. An old roll top craftsman that she thought I’d like it for the wood. My oldest always wanted a roll top, she grabbed her boyfriend and told me to meet them there. That’s why no assembled pictures, they were already loading the thing up. Anyway, started cleaning up the grime and found this on the bottom of one of the drawers.

Close up of the signature

It’s kind of hard to read, but it says “W. H. Greene, Mar 8, 1890.”

Not bad for $15.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#1 posted 02-09-2015 01:40 AM

Don’t clean it up too much, it might be worth more dirty and old looking

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#2 posted 02-09-2015 01:47 AM

Not to much cleaning, mostly getting rid of cobwebs and wiping off grime that wipes off easily. Want to be able to touch it without having to wash your hands afterwards.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#3 posted 02-09-2015 04:12 PM

Oooh – now we need more pictures!

Nice find!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 02-10-2015 01:33 AM

I agree—definitely need more photos!

-- Dean

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#5 posted 02-10-2015 01:58 AM

Wowzers! Yes, more pics when you get time! 8^P

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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