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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 - SOLD

THE WILLIAM “BILL” GUTHMAN EAGLE INLAID FEDERAL 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.

SOLD

281-78




Sea Captain’s Scrimshaw-Inlaid Tabletop Slant-Lid Desk, Nova Scotia
Unknown Maker, Likely Second Quarter 19th Century - SOLD


Sea Captain’s Scrimshaw-Inlaid Tabletop Slant-Lid Desk, Nova Scotia
Unknown Maker, Likely Second Quarter 19th Century 
Original Reddish-Brown Paint, entire view 1

The case with rectangular hinged lid featuring a leather vapor barrier affixed with brass
upholstery tacks…all within an applied molded edge, the interior fitted with a series of
seven valanced pigeonholes above three short-drawers, one with scrimshaw
escutcheon and original lock. The inside of the lid decoupaged with engravings
depicting “THE GREAT BATTLE OF WATERLOO,” “THE NEW LONDON BRIDGE AS
IT APPEARED AT THE OPENING BY HIS MAJESTY WILLIAM 4TH AUGT 1 1831,”
“THE CORONATION OF THEIR MAJESTIES WILLIAM & ADELAIDE SEPT 8 1831,” a
battle scene and a painted roundel surrounded by a border of cut-out hearts, inlaid on
the front with a diamond escutcheon above a heart flanked by stars, over a molded
serpentine and scroll-shaped base. (A great looking desk in wonderful surface, minor
imperfections consistent with age and use; wear to a couple lobes, ending-out to one
foot; secondary cleat/shoe and both secondary or inner feet on right side are
replaced… NOT the actual foot and skirt. (Height:14.25"; width: 27.5"; depth: 19.75")

SOLD

879-115




Queen Anne Slant-Lid Desk, Bold Tiger Maple, Outstanding Surface, 36.25” Wide
Rhode Island, circa 1755-1765
Figured maple and chestnut - SOLD


Queen Anne Slant-Lid Desk, Bold Tiger Maple, Outstanding Surface, 36.25” Wide
Rhode Island, circa 1755-1765
Figured maple and chestnut, entire view outside

The fall-front lid opens to expose five valanced cubies and a pair of document boxes
featuring block and turned, split and applied facings centering short drawer…flanked by
a pair of longer drawers. The above described resting on a pair of projecting drawers
incised to look like four drawers. The case with four overhanging thumb molded
graduated drawers is raised on a molded base resting on shaped bracket feet; the side
feet joined by ogee skirt, the front featuring a tripart lobed drop finial. NO lip restoration,
old fissure to right proper front foot as depicted; approximately 2-inches of one side foot
is pieced. The brass hardware and interior wood drawer pulls are not original, gramps
applied varnish to blooms near brasses caused by polishing. A very attractive desk in
surface, near perfect two-to-one proportions.
(Height: 41"; writing height: 31"; width: 36.25"; depth: 18")

SOLD

270-160




18th Century Slant-lid Desk on Frame, Queen Anne
Coastal Southeastern New England, circa 1740-1750
Maple and white pine…outstanding apron and feet - SOLD


18th Century Slant-lid Desk on Frame, Queen Anne
Coastal Southeastern New England, circa 1740-1750
Maple and white pine…outstanding apron and feet, entire view 1

The desk with single long drawer is seated on a frame featuring a terrific shaped apron
joining straight turned and tapering legs continuing to pad feet resting on the most
unusual discoidal platforms of which we have never encountered. The lid encloses eight
valanced cubies over stepped tiers containing three drawers each; interior retains
original red paint, hinges and drawer pulls.
(Height: 41.75"; writing height: 29"; width: 36"; depth: 17")

SOLD

1345-1




Carved Cherry Slant Lid Desk,
Amphitheater
Eastern Connecticut, Circa 1775
Complex amphitheater displaying superb rhythm, masterpiece blocked interior
Cherry and white pine
- SOLD


Carved Cherry Slant Lid Desk,
Amphitheater
Eastern Connecticut, Circa 1775, entire view

The fall-front opens to reveal a rare and outstanding interior. At the center are pilaster document drawers featuring fluted and tapering vertical columns on bases over conforming pen-drawers flanking a large concave drawer over two similarly carved/shaped drawers. Four cubbies with shaped dividers featuring blocked valances are above a pair of scalloped/blocked drawers resting on projecting single drawer twice the width of the previously described drawer…each side of the deep concave center section.
The case containing four graduated overhanging thumb molded drawers rests on a molded base raised on very good ogee feet. The drawer joinery displays extremely fine elongated dovetails related to Norwich and New London shop traditions; drawer sides [interior] are beautifully molded; a nicely shaped bracket joins the rear feet. The two-board sides are guaranteed not to separate due to shrinkage whereas the maker brilliantly inserted splines at the joint.
Early in the desks working life, a bookcase was divorced or married from lower case. It is possible that whereas the top board is cherry rather than pine…that the described was always a desk rather than a two-part secretary. We note that the wood [top] is not as richly oxidized as the case, lid and drawers as it was protected, see the tiny square period nail apertures that affixed the molding that received the top case. Second set of brasses in original borings. To honestly present this wonderful desk we have yet to color the top board or camouflage the little nail tracks. (This writer could easily live with the desk as-is; expert restoration available)
To view a closely related interior please refer to Connecticut Furniture – Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, Wadsworth Athenium, 1967; page 75, object 167; a secretary displaying a less sophisticated although very similar interior from the Norwich Area. Also, page 38 of Contributions to Connecticut Cabinet Making by Houghton Bulkeley, a cherry secretary with a history of Norwich ownership courtesy of Winterthur.
(Width: 35.75”, height: 42.25”, depth: 20”, writing height: 29.75”)

1299-2 - SOLD




Rare, Possibly Unique Inlaid Bow-Front-Slant-Lid-Desk, Circle of Abiel White
South Shore, Massachusetts (Possibly Weymouth; base conforms to Abiel White shop tradition)
Original brass hardware, cherry and white pine - SOLD


Antique Possibly Unique Inlaid Bow Front Slant Lid Desk, Massachusetts, angle view

The fall-front opening to interior featuring central prospect compartment beneath drawer flanked by short drawers above valanced cubie compartments. The bowed-case featuring four graduated drawers with cockbeaded moldings is raised on a conforming bowed base featuring a lobed drop with returns, inlaid with a leafy sprig (same as found on lid); the stylized cutout bracket feet are distinctive; this same foot is found on numerous other case pieces by noted cabinetmaker-Abiel White. (There are a couple imperfections to cockbeaded molding. H: 45"; W: 38"; D: 20"; writing H: 33.5")

270-143 - SOLD




OUTSTANDING CURLY MAPLE SLANT FRONT DESK, Original Surface
WESTPORT, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1790 - SOLD


Antique Curly Maple Slant Front Desk, Westport, Massachusetts, Circa 1790, angle view

This attractive southern Bristol County desk is constructed of dynamically figured curly maple throughout. The fitted interior features three-banks of vigorously grained sycamore faced drawers. Sycamore is commonly found in south coastal Massachusetts furniture and its use is a strong regional characteristic. The four graduated thumb-molded drawers are mounted with period brasses within the original borings, and pressed brass lock escutcheons. The case rests on beautiful ogee bracket feet stylistically inspired by nearby Rhode Island shop traditions. It should be noted that although the feet resemble those favored in Providence and Newport, they speak volumes; note the regions style and flair with their bold returns and platform base. The desk retains a rich old historic surface with a mellow patina that may be original. This desk remains in a very high state of originality; brasses are period replacements. We note that the brasses have been changed since the desk was photographed for book publication. We have the oval brasses as seen in book and will make them available if preferred by new owner.

The desk was acquired in the 1970’s from a home directly across the street from the Westport Fire Department and is illustrated in, “Harbor & Home; Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts 1710-1850”, Page 209, plate 71.2. It was also exhibited in the show relating to the volume, at Winterthur, Spring 2009.
(H: 42 3/8”, W: 38 5/8”, D: 19 7/8”.)

270-133 - SOLD




Lap Desk, Tiger Maple, Fitted Interior, Side Drawer, Original Baize
American, 19th Century
Maple and Mahogany; Perhaps the Philadelphia Area - SOLD


Lap Desk, Tiger Maple, Fitted Interior, Side Drawer, Original Baize
American, 19th Century, entire view

(Generally good condition commensurate with age and use; small sliver of wood loss to lid edge; H: 5.75”, W: 18.25”, D: 9.5”)

532-85 - SOLD




Desk, Slant Lid, Queen Anne, Cabriole (bandy) Legs, Curly Maple
Massachusetts or New Hampshire, Circa 1750 to 1760
Maple and pine - SOLD


Desk, Slant Lid, Queen Anne, Cabriole (bandy) Legs, Curly Maple
Massachusetts or New Hampshire, Circa 1750 to 1760, entire view

A carved tiger maple desk featuring sloping thumb-molded lid opening to a stepped and compartmented interior containing valanced cubby holes and a fan-carved central drawer flanked by document drawers faced with turned half-columns; above, surmounted and flanked by other drawers; the case with base molding contains four long graduated thumb-molded drawers and is raised on scarcely encountered bandy (cabriole) legs with shaped returns resting on pad feet; all centering a shaped pendant. (Refinished surface; hinge mortice in lid restored; H: 42.25", writing H: 31.5", W: 36", D: 18.75")

1100-1 - SOLD




Desk on Frame, Bandy Legs on Slipper Feet, Cherry
Connecticut River Valley, 18th Century
Attractive base profile, bandy legs with sharp knees raised on pad feet
Cherry and white pine, period brasses - SOLD


Desk on Frame, Bandy Legs on Slipper Feet, Cherry
Connecticut River Valley, 18th Century, entire view

The hinged sloping lid opens to reveal an interior having seven cubbies above seven conforming drawers over a projecting bank of three drawers; the case having three graduated, overhanging and thumb-molded fronts sits within a molded base featuring an interesting profile of lobes, returns and a fish-tail center drop; the whole raised on short bandy legs resting on slipper feet. (Brasses are period, yet not original, old surface, condition is generally very good and consistent with age and use; H: 43", writing H: 31.25", W: 36", D: 17.5")

572-54 - SOLD




Curly Maple Desk, Tiger Maple Country Slant Lid
New England
Circa 1800
Maple and pine - SOLD


Curly Maple Desk, Tiger Maple Country Slant Lid
New England
Circa 1800, entire view

The fall front opens to reveal the interior prospect section with four drawers on each side centering four-cubbies above a leger/open section. The case with four graduated drawers is raised on French feet joined by valanced apron.
(H: 42", writing H: 31.5", W: 39", D: 19.5")

290-9 - SOLD




Tabletop Bible Reading Desk Box
England
17th Century
Oak, rich patina - SOLD


Tabletop Bible Reading Desk Box
England
17th Century, entire view

The overhanging molded sloping lid retaining original forged butterfly hinges is carved with initials "AL" and opens to a plain interior; the top and sides of lid are ornamented with V-gouge carving. The case is raised on projecting base; front panel of case features carved ornamentation within chip carved outside edges. Minor imperfections consistent with use; latch and lock are missing; early 19th century oval brass plate masks the lock-plate piercing.
(Dimensions: 11" H, 28.5" W, 17" D.)

424-95 - SOLD




Desk, Slant Lid
Rhode Island
Circa 1770
Maple, chestnut, and white pine - SOLD


Desk, Slant Lid
Rhode Island
Circa 1770, entire view

This slant-lid desk is a mere 33" in width; rectangular dovetailed case with sloping lid opening to a fitted stepped interior of valanced cubbies above drawers; case with four thumb-molded graduated drawers raised on a molded base featuring shaped bracket feet. The brasses are replaced; old refinish; other minor imperfections. (Height: 39"; writing height: 28.25"; width: 33"; depth: 18".)

843-84 - SOLD




Desk, Slant Lid, Turned Legs
Mixed Woods
Maine
First Half 19th Century - SOLD


Desk, Slant Lid, Turned Legs
Mixed Woods
Maine
First Half 19th Century, entire view

As depicted, the falling-front with batten ends rests on lopers; the interior fitted with shelf above valenced ledger compartment, centered by a pair of cubbies either side. The desk section rests on apron with single long drawer above shaped skirt; the case raised on turned legs.
(Height: 39"; writing height: 29"; width: 33.25"; depth: 18.5".)

637-68 - SOLD




Desk, Slant Lid, Chippendale, Maple, 34" Wide
New England
1780 - SOLD


Desk, Slant Lid, Chippendale, Maple, 34'' Wide
New England
1780, entire view

The fall front opens to expose a simple interior featuring a sliding lid above a storage compartment; three thumb-molded drawers; the whole raised on a molded and applied bracket base.
Old refinish, minor imperfections; H: 37; writing H: 27"; W: 34.75"; D: 16.5".

800-8 - SOLD




Queen Anne Slant Lid Desk, Original Finish
Within the shop traditions of "the Bartlett Circle"
Northeastern Massachusetts or possibly coastal New Hampshire
Second half, 18th century
Maple - SOLD


Queen Anne Slant Lid Desk, Original Finish
Within the shop traditions of 'the Bartlett Circle'
Northeastern Massachusetts or possibly coastal New Hampshire
Second half, 18th century, entire view

The thumb-molded lid opens to rest on original lopers; simple interior of 10-valenced cubbies and two sliding vertical letter-document drawers having turned and split column applied moldings; above five small drawers sliding on a double beaded divider above two longer drawers centering an open space provided for a ledger or other large book. The slant lid remains on original iron hinges that have never been disturbed. The case with four long thumb-molded graduated drawers on a molded base with bandy cabriole legs on distinctive well defined feet with pronounced rear hocks and large pads. Hocked feet are rare in American furniture; the heel above the ankle has been chamfered leaving a small hock behind the ankle. This choice desk of compact proportion measures 36.5" W by 17" D by 42.5" H. This survivor remains in superb "as found" condition. See, New Hampshire's Enduring Queen Anne Furniture: 1760-1825, From the Bartlett Perspective by Walter A. Backofen.

191-327 - SOLD




Desk, William and Mary, Slant Lid, Ball Feet
Circa 1690 to 1725
New York
Gumwood - SOLD


Desk, William and Mary, Slant Lid, Ball Feet
Circa 1690 to 1725
New York
Gumwood, entire view

The dovetailed rectangular case with hinged sloping lid opens to reveal a simple interior featuring three cubbies over single drawers on each side of three stacked small drawers at the center.
The case with four graduated thumb-molded drawers, the base with applied molding raised on detachable turned ball and stretcher feet. (Dimensions: 40.5" H, 31.75" writing H, 37.5" W, 18.5" D.)

843-87 - SOLD




Desk, Slant Lid, Queen Anne
New England
18th Century
Maple - SOLD


Desk, Slant Lid, Queen Anne
New England
18th Century, entire view

A very small example, lid opens to simple interior; two short drawers over two long drawers, all overhanging thumb-molded with replaced brasses; the case raised on applied bracket base with central lobed drop. Minor imperfections. (Height: 38.25"; width: 32"; depth: 18"; writing height: 28.5")

583-2 - SOLD




Desk, Slant Lid
New England
Circa 1775
Maple - SOLD


Desk, Slant Lid
New England
Circa 1775, entire view

The fall front writing surface opens to an interior with prospect door behind which is a valenced drawer above a cubby, above drawer with brass pull; the prospect section centered by cubbies and drawers. The case with four graduated, thumb molded, overhanging drawers raised on molded base resting on tall ogee-feet. Condition: generally excellent with only minor aging imperfections such as a tight fissure, now restored in one lid batten; brasses replaced; old refinish. (Height: 43"; writing height: 31"; width: 36.25"; depth: 18")

264-49 - SOLD




Desk, Slant Lid, Hepplewhite
Massachusetts
Circa 1800
Cherry - SOLD


Desk, Slant Lid, Hepplewhite
Massachusetts
Circa 1800, entire view

Probably Yarmouth, Massachusetts; made of cherry and retaining original brass hardware. The fall front opens to reveal the interior prospect section with three drawers centering three-drawers above four-cubbies either side pf prospect door. The case with four graduated, lipped, overhanging drawers raised on French feet. Two feet have been restored; about 1" of the proper front right foot and 2.5" of the left front foot. (Width: 39"; depth: 20.75"; height: 43.5"; writing height: 32".)

270-34 - SOLD





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