This famous "Wooton Desk" was patented "Oct. 6, 1874," and made in Indianapolis, Indiana. This spectacular complete office opens to reveal an interior with birdseye or curly maple including cubbyholes or mailboxes in the doors and small drawers below. The drop front faux leather writing surface has an adjustable angle.
Inside are drawers and compartments of various sizes, above is a lift lid covering more slots for documents. Solid walnut with raised burl panels and deep moldings, the finish is in excellent condition.
The finish is in excellent condition. Embossed iron hardware is original and complete except for the bronze knob, which is of the same era. There is a working key for the lock. Double wheels, pasteboard file boxes and the mail slot are also original. The heavy "doors" sag slightly and there are minor warps from age, see photos.
William S. Wooten ended production of these fabulous desks in 1884. They were exhibited at the American Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876, and owned by luminaries including President U. S. Grant, Queen Victoria, John D. Rockefeller and Joseph Pulitzer.
This "Standard Grade" desk measures 46" wide when closed, 7' 7" wide when open, 75" tall, 30" deep and the desktop is 30" high.
See 30 photos on Harp Gallery website that enlarge to full screen size.
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