Condition: One of the eglomise panels may be replaced, brasses are old
replacements; writing surface baize is not original; minor losses to inlay. The brass
eagle finial is not period. Cornice returns are restored. Displays beautifully.
Additional Information: An outstanding Federal example featuring spectacular
matched flame birch veneers. In two parts, the shaped cornice with central inlaid panel
above projecting molding and long rectangular panel and two doors featuring eglomise
panels above interlaced mullions of sophisticated design. The center section with three
doors that open to interior drawers and valanced cubbies sits within the molded waist of
lower case. The foldout writing surface rests on loppers above three drawers…the
whole raised on French feet joining shaped apron.
Federal Sideboard, Serpentine Front, Tapered Legs
Connecticut, circa 1795-1805
An outstanding serpentine-front inlaid sideboard, probably Connecticut, circa 1800,
cherry. The oblong serpentine-front top with alternating light and dark inlaid edge above
a case with two concave banded short drawers with line inlaid quarter round inlaid
corners and oval inlaid center, centering a long convex drawer with similar inlay and
an ivory escutcheon plate above a pair of concave hinged cupboard doors with banded
and line inlaid quarter round inlaid corners and circular inlaid center and ivory key
escutcheon, centering a pair of recessed convex hinged cupboard doors with similar
inlay and ivory key escutcheon flanked by concave panels with line inlaid quarter round
inlaid corners and vertical oval inlaid center, joined by oval, bellflower and line inlaid
square tapering legs ending in cross banded cuffs. Brasses are period replacements,
surface was cleaned, various minor repairs to inlays.
(width: 72”, depth at ends: 15”, at center: 26”, height: 42”)
New Hampshire Bookcase on Three-Drawer Chest,
Superbly Inlaid, Original Brasses
Fan Inlaid Secretary Bureau…Inlays possibly
by William Lloyd of Springfield, MA Date/Period: Circa 1790-1810
Measurement: 20 x 41 x 53.5"
Material: Birch, white pine
Condition: Overall condition is fine, very nice patina; original surface and brasses
Additional Information: Likely Concord or Central New Hampshire, Circle of George
Rogers, or Levi Bartlett. This urban piece features integrated, patterned, and plain
The bookcase with projecting inlaid top features a pair of fielded panel doors
displaying center inlay; mortice and tenon joined fielded panel doors also feature
conforming string inlay joined by quarter-fans. The top of lower case, also projecting,
features handmade inlay within its edge; the case containing three graduated drawers
featuring inlays that conform to paneled doors is joined by square inlayed stiles that
continue to tapered legs displaying matching inlays. The doors open to an interior
offering a fullwidth bookshelf above a ledger compartment having corner-brackets…
flanked by drawers, beneath are nine valanced cubbies. An unusual form, perhaps
unique or special order.
Found within the desk is a very old piece of toned paper identifying an owner: “Miss
Lydia A. Cobb – Littleton, NH” , Lydia was a member of the Women’ s Christian
Temperance Union in Littleton during the 1880s. A trust fund in the amount of $143.95
was established as the Lydia A. Cobb, Cemetery Lot Fund on January 1, 1948.
Queen Anne Slant Lid Desk, Fine Fitted Blocked and Shell Carved Interior
Rhode Island Date/Period: 1750-1770
Additional Information: The rectangular case with hinged sloping lid opening to an
outstanding fitted interior; three concave-carved blocked drawers are behind shell-
carved prospect door flanked by three valanced cubbies above conforming blocked
drawers, each side flanked by bracket-valanced larger cubbies surmounting concave
carved drawer facings. The case with four graduated long thumb-molded drawers on
molded base raised on applied bracket feet. A lovely example…displaying definitive
Newport shop traditions.
Slant Lid Desk in BLUE Paint, Historic Surface, 36-Inches Wide, Rosehead Nails
Found in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire Date/Period: Circa 1760 - SOLD
Condition: Very good, blue paint is honest, likely applied circa 1880-1900ish over red
paint applied in 1843 as evidenced by drawer bottom that is dated with same red paint.
Originally had turned wood pulls, current brass drops within only borings.
Additional Information: The fall-front writing surface opens to an interior featuring
bookshelf having a pair of convex-shaped dividers…above two drawers. The case
having three thumb-molded drawers raised on molded base resting of applied bracket
base. A wonderful country expression.
Antique, Secretary Bookcase,
Paint Decorated, Glazed Doors
Likely Ohio, circa 1820-1830
Pine and poplar
A grain-painted glazed desk/bookcase of two-piece construction featuring cove molding above a pair of six light glazed door: the interior with original robin’ s egg blue paint. The lift-top slanted desktop opens to a bittersweet-painted interior having four tiger-maple [curly maple] grain-painted drawers retaining original brass pulls and open compartments. The lower case with single long drawer over center section containing four short drawers flanked by two deep drawers each side. As part of the desk’ s evolution the center section of four drawers was likely added within twenty years of its conception facilitating the owners need for storage. The desk is raised on scroll front legs and turned rear legs. The case may have originally sat on the floor with legs added when kneehole was fitted with drawers. Original surface, small loss to left corner of cornice, extremely minor paint wear, sections of beading missing on base.
(Height: 86.75"; width: 42.75"; depth: 23")
19th Century Vermont Paint Decorated Standup Desk, Original Condition
Maple, basswood, and white pine
The slant top opens to reveal several rows of compartments, some retaining labels such
as “deeds”. Recessed paneled sides, three dovetail joined graduated drawers; corner
posts continuing to turned legs. The vinegar daubed decoration is against a bright
yellow over varnished ground darkened with age. Left front leg is damaged behind ring-
turning…make-do repair utilizing a steel bracket from behind and a turned stretcher
joining rear leg. The repair is very strong and stable. We have talent available to
properly restore although it displays well as is. Please know that what looks like brown
imperfection to bottom drawer, at left, is an old paper label which will easily steam-off.
(Height: 47.5"; writing height: 41"; width: 35.75"; depth: 22")
Vermont Paint Decorated Two Part Blind Door Secretary
Likely Southwestern Vermont, circa 1830
Maple and basswood, OUTSTANDING original faux graining
The bookcase interior features a single shelf above a ledger cubby flanked by short
drawers. Fall front writing lid rests on loppers having Bennington flint pulls and retains
original green baize. Two dovetail-joined drawers with turned wood pulls above a plain
apron joining tapered cutout legs. (Height: 56.5"; writing height: 29.5"; width: 35.25":
depth: 17.75"; cupboard depth: 10")
THE WILLIAM “BILL” GUTHMAN EAGLE INLAID FEDERAL DESK
Pennsylvania, 19th C., see Joe Kindig, Jr. Ad, Magazine Antiques, Jan. 1934
A fine Federal tiger maple, satinwood, and mahogany slant-lid desk
The slant-front opening to the interior fitted with three drawers flanked by prospect
drawers, and two banks of four cubby holes over four drawers, the lid inlaid with a
spread-winged eagle bearing a shield within alternating mahogany and satinwood inlays
within a block and line border, above four graduated beaded drawers; the beaded
drawers flanked by canted corners inlaid to match the border on the slant lid, the base
inlaid in a dentillated pattern and raised on pointed bracket feet, one document drawer
inscribed on the side in black ink "Prince George Co. Md.," pencil inscriptions "lenth
from Mich,/ Be not stat os on I'll choak you [SIC]/ miss May Shank/ Boarderstown N.J./
Miss Edith Gillberry/ Ty...Pa.," and on the other side in pencil "Property of M.B. Moffit
(?)/ Buffalo, N.Y." Feet restored, else fine. (Dimensions: 45.25" high by 39.25" wide by
20.75" deep; brasses and base restored.)
LITERATURE: Illustrated on the inside cover of "THE MAGAZINE ANTIQUES, January
1934, in an advertisement for Joe Kindig, Jr. The advertisement depicts three examples
of period eagle inlay, with the upper left example from the Guthman desk.
Chippendale Slant Lid Desk, Cabriole Legs, Probably New Hampshire, Circa 1775-1780
Unknown Maker, SMALL SIZE
Figured birch and white pine
Stepped interior featuring fan-carved central drawer flanked by document drawers and valanced compartments above short drawers on a case of four graduated long drawers having thumb-molded overhanging drawers. The case, on a molded base, stands on beautifully shaped bandy [cabriole] legs featuring pad feet centering a shaped pendant. In generally excellent condition with minor imperfections commensurate with age and use; left proper rear return is missing yet easily replaced by our expert…brasses are appropriate replacements. Likely New Hampshire, school of Peter Bartlett (1788-1838), Salisbury, New Hampshire.
(Height: 42’, width is 36”, depth: 18.5”, writing surface is 32”.)
Desk, Federal Slant Front, Curly Maple, Boldly Striped, French Feet
New England, Circa 1790 to 1810
Nicely figured wood including interior
Generally very good, wear commensurate with age and use; issues are cosmetic and mentioned for accuracy; minor scratches and wear to top board; typical tight shrinkage cracks to fall board and case sides. Left side with some white scratch marks. Right side partially sun bleached and with horizontal scratch near midsection. Escutcheon and brasses probably replaced. Lid hinges replaced; lid patched accordingly. Some short drawer knobs loose. Inside of one short drawer retains a typed label indicating origin and date. Scuff mark to upper left corner of lowermost drawer. Crack and repairs to right side foot facings. (H: 42.75", writing H: 32", W: 39.75", D: 20.5")
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