Item sold on 2018-01-01 - Shipped on 2017-09-22
Shipper: METROPOLITAN (844-546-5288 ext 235)
This famous "Wooton Desk" was patented in 1874, and signed made in Indianapolis, Indiana. Solid walnut with matched burl panels, there is richly carved detailing. This spectacular complete office opens to reveal an interior of birdseye or curly maple, including cubbyholes with original pasteboard inserts in the doors and hand dovetailed drawers of various sizes.
The drop front writing surface has gold tooled leather. Above is a lift lid covering more slots for rolled maps or documents.
The restored finish is in excellent condition, preserving just enough stains and mars for a little antique character. There are small shrinkage separations from age as shown.
Later accessories include a pair of glass and bakelite inkwells, black for positive and red for negative numbers, that are signed "Gardner', Pat. 1896" and have losses as shown. A tiny divided drawer and push buttons for bells to summon staff are signed "Peterson's Desk Companion" and carry an indistinct patent date "18??."
Embossed hardware is original and complete, there is no key for the lock.
William S. Wooten produced these fabulous desks, they were exhibited at American Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876, and owned by luminaries including President U. S. Grant, John D. Rockefeller, Queen Victoria and Joseph Pulitzer.
This historic desk measures 44" wide, 6' tall, 31" deep and the desktop is 30 1/2" high.
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