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Slant-front desk

Object number



Maker Unknown


Height: 39 in. (99.06 cm) Width: 35 1/8 in. (89.218 cm) Depth: 21 in. (53.34 cm) Writing surface: 29 in. (73.66 cm)



Current location



Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); chestnut; white pine (drawer linings, backboards, bottom board); cedar (secondary)


Locati Antiques, Maple Glen, Pennsylvania; consigned to iGavel, internet auction, June 25–July 9, 2008, item number 1082083

Associated names



Half-blind dovetails fasten the case sides to the top with a full tail at the front, a half tail at the back and seven full dovetails between them. On the exterior drawers the grain of the drawer bottoms runs from side to side; the drawer bottom fits into a groove in the drawer front and is nailed to the other three sides; running stips are applied to the edges of the sides. The drawer front is attached to the sides with half-blind dovetails with half keys at the top and bottom; the top edges of the drawers are flat and virtually flush with the drawer fronts. Half-blind dovetails fasten the drawer dividers to the case sides; the bottom rail fits into grooves in the case sides. The bottom rail has a secondary wood backing that meets the drawer supports with a mitred joint. Three horizontal backboards with chamgered edgfes on the tops and sides are nailed to rabbets in the case top and sides and to the back edge of the bottom board. The feet are one piece with the base molding; half-blind dovetails fasten the front feet to the side feet. The brackets on the rear feet have a stepped angled outline on their inner surface; they are fastened to the sides of the rear feet with half-blind dovetails. The one-piece bottom board is dovetailed to the case sides. The feet are reinforced with vertical blocks that rest against the case bottom and horizontal blocks abut them (most missing). Observations by P. E. Kane from photographs posted on on July 2, 2008.



"iGavel advertisement," Maine Antique Digest (July 2008): 17–E, ill.