Antique 19th Century Primitive Pine Wood Schoolmaster's Slant Top Desk Gallery

This is a gorgeous piece of early American history.  This is a primitive schoolmaster's style desk.  We are quite certain that this piece dates back to the early part of the 1800's.  The desk was hand-made and was constructed using square nails.  We suspect that the wood used is pine.  Some sections of the desk were made using wood planks as large as 22" wide!  A board on the top is 17 1/2" wide and one on the side measures 21" wide.  Boards of this size only reinforce the old age of this piece. 

The desk has the following measurements:

  • Height: 35"
  • Width: 38"
  • Depth: 28 1/2" 
  • Kneehole Opening: 23 3/4" tall (at center) by 19 3/4" wide

There are four roughly-cut drawers on the right side of the desk.  They measure as follows:

  • First: 11 3/4" wide by 18 1/4" deep by 2" tall
  • Second:  11 3/4" wide by 18 1/4" deep by 3 1/4" tall
  • Third:   11 3/4" wide by 18 1/4" deep by 4 1/4" tall
  • Fourth:   11 3/4" wide by 18 1/4" deep by 5 1/4" tall

The drawer bottoms show evidence of being cut by a mill saw.  They are all hand-planed and chamfered.  One of the drawers does have a small hole in the face where a lock was removed.  The right side of the desk is supported by 2 simple-style turned legs.  There is a railed book gallery running across the back/top of the desk. 

This is in great, antique condition overall with some general signs of age and use.  Regardless of age, this desk is still very sturdy.  It appears as though the desk was once painted, but was later striped to reveal the natural wood finish.  Tiny pieces of evidence of the previous paint job can be found in corners, cracks and crevices.  The drawer pulls are old, but do not appear to be original to this piece.  This desk is nearly 200 years old.  It shows wear consistent to its age in the form of cracks, chips, scratches and general bumps and bruises.  These flaws only add to the character of this 19th century piece.  Please see pictures for more details, and please ask questions if you have them.

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