Antique Civil War Era Desk. Campaign Style Design & Hardware. I wrote my second mystery novel on it, WATER: A Vic Bengston Investigation.
He acquired it from an antique dealer on Denvers So. I have yet to find a photo of this austere but highly functional piece of furniture. Over the years, a few repairs have been made on the desk to keep it functional, but it remains very much in its original character. It looks like military campaign style furniture with recessed hardware. A great deal of hand craftsmanship went into this piece: dovetails, mortise-and-tenon, dados, hand beveled panels on the lower cabinet panels and drawer bottoms.The front panel drops down to create the work surface. Inside the upper part of the desk youll find two large drawers and a small drawer, four tall shelves (or cubbies if you like), two on each side with the drawers in the middle, and a large tall storage space smack dab in the center. The small drawer lock works, internal spring and all. The larger lock for the drop down desktop works and keeps the unit carefully closed, but the internal lock spring is missing. Two original keys come with the desk. Drawer pulls are the recessed brass ring type found in campaign furniture. Down below are two large and fairly deep shelves. I cannot get the lock on the cabinet door to work, but it has a been retrofitted (not by me) magnet that keeps the doors closed. A lot of storage space.
Things that have been added in the repairs include a few brass screws for the hinges. I used the wood glue and toothpick trick to tighten up the hinge hardware holes. Someone before me added two stops for the drop down desktop door to rest on. I imagine earlier versions of the stops were made of wood. There is a very cool hand repair near one of the hinges, a repair made long ago I imagine, in which the offending (maybe split) wood was carefully cut out, and a piece of repair wood was cut to fit and then glued and nailed in place.
None of this is noticeable. The right side as you look at the desk on the end there is a crack in the wood from drying. I have kept it oiled with tung oil. My hiking buddy was ex mil (intel) and was attracted to all things military, which makes me fairly sure (speculating here) about the campaign style of this desk. Oddly enough, we never talked about it on our many hikes and outings.==SCAMMERS AND PRICE SHAVERS, PLEASE STAY AWAY; YOU WON'T LIKE ME==. ==send queries if you have questions==. The item "Antique Civil War Era Desk. Square Nails" is in sale since Saturday, December 8, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Furniture\Desks & Secretaries\1800-1899". The seller is "ezwriter2000" and is located in Denver, Colorado.
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