Posted 5 years ago
I have been searching for months, to identify the cabinetmaker and year it was made,and what kind of wood it is. When my Father and my Mother passed away, I inherited the desk along with alot of other antiques.
The Slant Front Desk belonged to my Father's first wife, who was born in 1908, in Springfield Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I believe she inherited it from her family. A few weeks before his death, he told me that this desk was the oldest antique furniture in the house.
The Desk has all the markings of being handtooled.(dovetail top, side of drawers, and the back of one of the back legs,looks like it has been scraped. (Scraped like a comb was scraped across a block of clay.) Some of the nail's heads are long and slender width and are small, some are newer round with a raised grove across top. I beleive the round nails were added to stabilize the desk, since my Father retired as an Airforce Officer, and moved around alot. The brass hardware have been replaced from the original. The drawers have several holes from prior hardware. Inside the desk portion there are 11 drawers, 9 regular drawers and 2 (Scroll design) tall and slinder drawers.
I have more pictures, (close shots of back of legs, and back, and inside and outside side of the drawers, should anyone want to look at them, let me know with your e-mail address, and I will send them.
I would appreciate any knowledge anyone might have.