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    Default Vintage desk furniture

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    I shoulda. But now it's gone.

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    Default Re: Vintage desk furniture

    You definitely shoulda

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    Default Re: Vintage desk furniture

    You probably coulda, too.
    "When Men differ in Opinion, both Sides ought equally to have the Advantage of being heard by the Publick;
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    Default Re: Vintage desk furniture

    double.

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    thrift shop find? nice.

    ...but no, you shoudn't. we all have way too many pens. I definitely stopped accumulating pen and writing related things which are bigger than a pen. just my opinion....

    C.

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    Ok, serious question: what is the purpose behind the inside of the left-hand door? Are those elastic cords to hold something in place, or ??
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    I have no idea, Jon. I don't know what the other door holds, either. Christof, had I taken it home, it would have been stuffed with paper and dip pens.

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    I believe the elastic would have been used for papers and notes it might have originally been ribbon. The white panel on the right hand side is an early version of a dry wipe board usually made from ivory along the same lines as Victorian ladies dance cards write in pencil and it wipes off with a damp cloth.

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    Fred, I posted the photo with my SF friends, and David Nishimura had the following to say:

    That setup was a general-purpose holdall. There are some nice American tromp-l'oeil paintings showing them in use.
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    Probably was originally something like this:

    "When Men differ in Opinion, both Sides ought equally to have the Advantage of being heard by the Publick;
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    Fred, I posted the photo with my SF friends, and David Nishimura had the following to say:

    That setup was a general-purpose holdall. There are some nice American tromp-l'oeil paintings showing them in use.
    Funny, my avatar in FPN is tromp-l'oeil. Thanks, Jon.

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    Default Re: Vintage desk furniture

    Of course not...ball point users have no such clutter....nor such nice taste.

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    A writer friend sent me her parents' pens (Esterbrook) to restore and was pleased to have them in working order and looking like new. Ever since, she sends me odd junkshop finds, mostly ruined pens, but also curiosities such as this writing box. The silver plating is worn and tarnished. There's not much space inside for storage, but there's a built-in inkwell and a folding stand for a dip pen, which would be convenient.




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    Default Re: Vintage desk furniture

    Fred, that could look really nice after restoration
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    Fred, that could look really nice after restoration
    It needed very little, but someone else took it home 5 years ago. Besides, I hadn't the space for another thing like that unless it went on the top of a tall bookcase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    Fred, that could look really nice after restoration
    It needed very little, but someone else took it home 5 years ago.
    It's not highly-finished or decorative. Wonder if it was intended for a bookkeeper, clerk, timekeeper or the like? With the date at the top and two inkwells (one for black and one for red?) The cubbyholes look too small for stationery: perhaps sized for time cards, inventory chits, or credit/debit memos?

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    Default Re: Vintage desk furniture

    I don't quite know what you're talking about. This item does look a lot like a general-purpose holdall. This thing is very, very old, and it belongs in a museum. No one has made one of these in years. There are a lot of property appraisal companies out there now. Have you heard of one? We once found some old garden furniture in the garage that our grandparents once used. In the end, it turned out to be part of an old vintage set, and it turned out to be quite expensive. We're not fans of old things, so we sold it and instead bought some stylish new garden furniture here: www.gardenfurniture.co.uk
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    While browsing in a used bookshop yesterday, I came across a Smithsonian book about the Lewis & Clark expedition. There was a photo of a "portable" desk typical of the period that was taken on their journey. Recalling this thread, I took a couple of snaps.

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