On the underside of the desk is a small brass tag bearing the name Colby’s and a five- digit number. I live in Chicago and there used to be a furniture store by the name of Colby’s, but I don’t know if it dated back that far or if they made furniture. One major manufacturer of kidney shaped items in the 1920s and early 1930s was Widdicomb Furniture Co.
I suppose another option is that Colby’s did not make, but sold the piece and put its label on it. Colby’s was the last name used by a company founded in 1869 by John Colby and Jacob Wirts. of Grand Rapids who made a large variety of European Revival models such as Italian and Venetian.
Both the doors on top and the desk in the middle open with a skeleton key. I have a secretary style desk with a pull down in the front and a drawer underneath the pull down. I was considering selling it...thoughts on how much I should ask?
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I’m wondering if you have any information about a company named Colby’s. Colby’s was mostly a furniture retailer, having closed its factory in the 1920s.