Two weeks ago I went to the other local auction house and saw this desk:
Circa.1790 Alamance County NC Quaker Walnut Slant Front Desk
A quick look showed some interesting details:
Left side was unusual:
If you look closely, it does seem that both side boards are pinned to the desk inner structure.
Then there are more odd things like this apparent tenon on both sides:
I thought it might be a spline supporting a glued up panel but studying the grain, the side is one board and not veneered.
Then there is this repair on the top at the lock escutcheon:
And a few expected things:
If you look in the upper left-hand of the above image, you can see another interesting little nailed on detail. An odd little point:
I looked through my library but couldn’t find any more examples of this odd little detail. Doesn’t mean it wasn’t there, it just means I couldn’t find it. Never hired a photo editor.
Then last weekend we went to Charleston, SC and I saw this:
An American Hepplewhite Slant Front Desk.
Priced at $695.
Then, across the aisle is this desk with bookshelf:
And, again the point:
However, the points’ profile continues a molding on the carcass under the slant top.
One interesting feature there is that the primary wood does not extend for the whole depth of the gallery:
Then, in another shop, this:
But then I opened a drawer and saw machine cut dovetails and this:
Biggs was a Richmond, VA based manufacturer of reproduction furniture that was acquired by Kittinger Furniture in 1975.
Realizing it wasn’t old, I neglected to take a picture of the entire desk as a unit. I do that from time to time, not seeing the secretary for the dovetails. It looked a great deal like a block front version or the previous desk with book shelf.
The points must have been significant it they are included on reproduction furniture. This is a detail that not many would miss if eliminated.
More research required.