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Victorian Walnut Wooton desk – The King of Desks!

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Wooton The King of Desks manufactured in Indianapolis, Indiana 1874-1897. This desk is the Standard Grade, with handsome green drawers As you can see in the photo images, the wings on the desk fold shut. A lock on the front kept the contents secure. What might not be obvious to you is that of those two little racetrack shapes visible above the main panel of each face, the one on the left was a spring-loaded hinged door that allowed your officemates to drop mail off after you’d left for the day:

“One hundred and ten compartments, all under one lock and key,” read a newspaper advertisement of the era. “A place for everything and everything in its place.”

“The Wooton Desk is a most highly prized example of Victorian Furniture. No other example of furniture from the Victorian era is probably more highly sought after.” Notable owners of Wooton Desk – Queen Victoria, President Ulysses Grant, John D. Rockefeller , Joseph Pulitzer, Jay Gould, Charles Scribner and the Smithsonian Institution.

I bought this desk from another dealer who said it came out of New York City. There were papers in the desk that I think make it a fair assumption that this desk belonged to Miss Linda Bridges , who resided at 305 east 72nd Street in New York City.

Linda spent her career at the National Review as a contributing writer/journalist. Over the years, she rose through the ranks to Senior Editor, and finally to Editor-at-Large at the magazine. She also served as a personal editor for her mentor and father-figure, William F. Buckley, from 2004 until his death in 2008, organizing and preparing for publication his many writings and memoirs. She authored many books over the years

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/446115/linda-bridges-national-review-editor-rip

 

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