So give me some input. Do you ever put things on an angle in a corner? I didn't like it against the wall to the right, you really couldn't see much of the secretary. If it were to stay, I would put another chair to the right of the secretary, to make it more useful.
The inside back is painted. Doesn't this look like a bit of an 80's design to you? There are elements of the secretary that are definitely 19th century, but there are a few repairs, like the bottoms of the drawers have been replaced. However it is a great look and was priced well. Below is a secretary that sold on Liveauctioneers in 2006 for $28,000. It is quite lovely, the perfect patina. Wouldn't we all love to own this one!
As I was hunting around, I found a very simliar secretary to mine. What are the odds? It says it is a 19th century piece, with similar painting, some variation. It was sold at a Freeman's auction through Liveauctioneers in 2005.
So, more than one 19th century secretary like this exists. Being the skeptic forever, I think it could be as late as the 20's. It is still lovely and I will enjoy it as long as it sits in my house! I think this piece would fall under the category of "antique" - style!