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English George III Mahogany Slant-Front Desk

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England, circa 1790
Item # 107CPG29M 

A wonderful George III period slant-front desk executed in dense well-figured mahogany primary woods, it retains a fine overall surface patina under old shellac that has developed a silky texture from years of handling and waxing. The writing surface lays down on original withdrawn lopers to reveal a tidy interior with three pigeon-hole letter slots over three tiny drawers flanking a central molded prospect door with fluted-column hidden compartments on either side, these easily withdrawn to store sensitive papers.

The lower drawers are each lined in solid oak with crisp hand-dovetails in the corners typical of the period. They are hung with period brasses, not originals but correct for the era and very attractive. Three drawers retain early locks. The desk rests over simple bracket feet, all entirely original other than the triangular rear support and inner block for one back foot.

It remains a very fine and entirely pure case that was built to last lifetimes - despite being well over two-hundred years old, it remains young and will continue to serve future generations if well-cared for.

Measurements: 41" H x 37 1/2" W x 21 3/4" D; 30 1/2" H to front edge of opened slant-front; writing area is 21 3/4" D x 34 1/4" W

Condition Report:
Old refinish with beautifully patinated surface, soft to the touch and finished in a nice overall wax; dings, abrasions and scars throughout as expected. Back right foot (when standing in front of the desk) triangular support and vertical support block are replaced; the facing for that back foot is original along with one original block for that foot; all other feet and blocking are original and untouched. Period correct replaced brasses (slightly offset from original holes). Four locks present, one absent (second drawer from the bottom), all appear to be of the period; includes one period key but does not operate the locks (perhaps due to dirt and grime build up inside of the mechanisms). Old repaired break-out at right hinge of slant-front. Overall remaining in very good original condition, well-preserved and incredibly sturdy - a fine acquisition in ready-to-place condition.