This dramatic walnut Victorian secretary desk and bookcase measures just under 9’ tall. The cabinet comes apart in 3 separate pieces for ease in transporting. The secretary can be displayed without the top crest, making its height 92”, well under 8’ tall. The bold pierced carved crest has delicate incised designs and trefoil finials. Notice the multiple raised panels of burled walnut framing the double glass doors. The doors retain their original glass and working lock with key. Inside are 3 original adjustable shelves. The double barrel cylinder roll has large recessed panels of burled walnut and its original ebonized pulls. The barrel front smoothly rolls back to reveal a pull out writing surface, 2 small drawers and 6 small and one large cubby. The green wool felt writing surface is original and very worn. The fabric can be replaced for an additional charge, if desired. Below is a long single drawer over 2 doors. Both have their original locks and pulls. Inside the doors is a single shelf. The drawer and doors have recessed and raised paneled fronts with burled walnut. Notice the narrow bands of burled walnut repeated along the base of the secretary’s front edge and the shapely side raised panel. The finish is in excellent condition having a deep rich color and patina. What a grand statement this will make in any home or office.
This unusual solid oak bookcase was custom designed to occupy a corner. As you face the bookcase, the wall space on the left needs to be at least 69 ¼” wide and the wall space on the right needs to be at least 52” wide. The bookcase comes apart in 3 main pieces for ease in transporting. Notice the fluted columns on either side of the pair of double doors. All the doors retain their original brass key escutcheons and working locks. Each door has 3 adjustable shelves for a total of 12. Each shelf on the right measures 9” deep and 18 ½” wide and the shelves on the left are 9” deep and 27” wide. The finish is original and in very good condition. Look closely and you will see a narrow 8” sliver of wood missing along the front right edge of the top cornice. We chose not to repair it due to the fact we did not find it offensive, but we can arrange to do so for an additional cost.
This amazing sink is a rare example of the development of indoor plumbing in the Victorian era. It could possibly been found in a prestigious home or hotel. The solid cherry cabinet initially appears to be a writing desk, but is actually a free standing sink. The cabinet was most likely made by Hale & Kilburn of Philadelphia, PA. Its elegantly carved crest is hinged and when tilted forward, reveals a zinc lined water reservoir. The slanted velvet covered writing surface lifts up to reveal a marble sink top and its original porcelain bowl. There is a nickel plated knob that pushes up and down to release the water into the bowl. It even comes with its original chain and stopper. The cabinet base has 2 small dovetailed drawers below with their original cast brass pulls. There is a carved panel betwee3n the drawers and the same design is repeated on the recessed paneled door fronts below. The doors retain their original brass key escutcheon and lock. Inside is a newer plastic hose that attaches to the sink bowl above. It was originally designed to empty or drain into a container located inside the doors and was emptied when filled. There is an original stenciling on the back of the cabinet which reads Peerless Reservoir Washstand with 2 patent dates of April 9, 1878 and March 22, 1864. What a fabulous example of the transition in history from using the pitcher and bowl for cleaning up to our present day standard indoor plumbing. Imagine how modern this was in its day. The sink/washstand is all original and is in excellent condition.
Notice the carved birds on this Victorian marble top dresser. It’s such a wonderful and rare feature. The mirror has a pierced carved cre3st with a cluster of pomegranates and stylized leaves. The original mirror is in very good condition. The mirror supports have a carved leaf at the top and a cluster of grapes as well. The delicately carved birds are located below the hanging grapes giving the idea they are enjoying a meal. The mirror swivels in its frame and is removable for ease in transporting. The original white marble is in excellent condition and is also removable. The dresser base has 3 graduated hand dovetailed drawers having their original locks, hand carved pulls and applied decorative moldings. All the drawer fronts are burled walnut. The rest of the dresser is solid walnut. Notice the decorative cut out design on the skirt below the bottom drawer. The dresser rests on its original porcelain casters. The finish appears original and in excellent condition.
This pair of solid walnut twin or single beds is of exceptional quality. The reeded posts have a lovely carved finial and the carved footboards and headboards have acanthus leaf carving as well. The side rails are designed to be bolted to headboard and footboard resulting in extremely sturdy beds. Once set up, they will handle a lot of use and abuse. The beds will accommodate standard twin or single size mattress and box springs by either resting them on top of the side rails or resting on “L” brackets. If in doubt how to adapt these beds to your mattress, give us a call and we can easily talk you through it. They appear to retain their original finish and are in excellent condition.
This early English travel or necessaire set is extremely unique and rare. After extensive research, we were finally able to determine its purpose. The leather covered box is fitted with 4 items and was marketed as a personal respirator device. The slim narrow solid silver item is marked T. Wroughton Patented Respirator. The patent was granted to Thomas Wroughton on 26 August, 1846 and was described as “an apparatus or instrument to be used for respiration. It consists of a flat rectangular case containing sponge and perforated on its inner and outer faces with numerous holes. It is curved to fit the space between the lips and the gums so that it may be held there by the mere compression of the lips and be externally invisible-or nearly so-when in use.” It is most likely the sponge or wadding would have been dipped in menthol or resulting in inhaling therapeutic vapors. Basically it was an early inhaler! The “respirator” is hinged in order to secure the sponge. There is a small tweezers with a brush on one end. This was most likely used to insert and remove the wadding and to use for cleaning. The 2 small cut glass bottles have tight fitting silver caps which hold the liquid. One bottle still holds some wadding. The “respirator” still holds wadding inside as well. All 4 pieces have fine, delicate chasework. All are in excellent original condition-even the brush! All are matching and represent a complete set. What a superb example of early medical ingenuity.
This pair of dramatically pierced carved chairs is signed by the maker T.H. Mauk (b.1833, d.1898) of Mechanicsburg, Penn. He travelled from Germany at age 19 and eventually settled in Mechanicsburg operating as a furniture builder and undertaker. It was quite common to ply both trades given that undertakers also built coffins for their clients and supplemented their income as cabinet makers. The solid walnut chairs are pierced carved with both floral and Gothic designs. Notice the slender serpentine shaped legs. Amazingly, the chairs are free of breaks or repairs. Obviously they require recovering. Their finish is in excellent condition. Chairs of this style and design were often referred to as hall chairs and were used by visiting guests who have “come calling” and are waiting to be received.
This loveseat or small sofa is from the Victorian period. The solid walnut frame has an ornately carved crest of a cluster of grapes, pomegranates and leaves. Notice the depth of the carvings and detail! The curvaceous back and seat rest on elegantly carved serpentine shaped legs. The frame is tight. The finish is in excellent condition. The fabric has a burgundy stripe with a small floral print against a cream colored background. The fabric is also in excellent condition. What a nice size loveseat for the bedroom or as a secondary sofa for the parlor.
This large oval double sided Jasperware cameo brooch has a soft green background color depicting 2 dancing maidens with a monument in the background. It’s mounted in a 10k gold frame. The cameo is designed to pivot and display a second view. The other side is presently empty but may have held a second cameo, photo, a morning hair piece or other keepsakes. The Jasperware or Wedgwood is signed on the back MB which indicates the manufacture date of 1899. The pin has a simple clasp. The cameo and setting is in very good condition.
This Wedgwood or Jasperware cameo depicts a portrait of a male figure in a light blue background. The figure is highly detailed and rests in a marked 14k gold frame. The pin has a locking clasp and has a loop to hold a chain for a necklace. The cameo brooch is in excellent condition.