Sunday, September 15, 2013

Antique Writing Desk (that I'm in love with)



His name is Ben's desk.  I told my friend Alison that I swear it could have belonged to Benjamin Franklin and so she named him Ben's desk.   




(here he is with his top open enjoying the outdoors)

I bought him to resell.  It was never my intention to paint him just leave him as he is.  I could have taken him to the shop over a week ago.  I just wasn't ready to let him go yet.  I wanted to look at him for awhile.  

I'll admit I don't know a lot about antiques.  Age, style, that stuff doesn't stick in my brain.  I just know what I like.  All the little details that make furniture unique and beautiful.


Those legs.  Looks like someone hand chiseled them or at least used a primitive lathe.  



That joinery detail.  



The patina.  You can't replicate that time worn finish.  (If you can send me a tutorial please) Somewhere along the line someone painted him navy blue then someone else decided to strip him back to his former glory.  


  
And he came with this little chair. 

I love Ben's desk.  

If only I had a place for him.  This piece is gonna haunt me.  

Do you have any pieces you've sold then totally regretted?  I'd love to know.    





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13 comments:

  1. Bens desk is incredible, you were so right to leave it unpainted, it looks so old and worn and perfect with all it's imperfections...I am sure it will sell quickly, I do love it...come on by for a visit I have some guests I would like you to meet and let me know what you think of them...Phyllis

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  2. Lve the gorgeous old wood! I have the perfect spot for that desk. If only I lived closer!

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  3. I have a couple of antiques that I will not part with that have been in the family which I dearly love. One is a cherry wood Secretary desk that is about 100 years old and another desk that has three drawer on the left hand side, but you can pull it out and add 4 leaves and it become this beautiful dining room table. It is also cherry wood. I have never seen a piece of furniture like this. So I know how you feel.
    I can remember a desk like that in a old country store in Virginia where my relatives lived. I can remember Mr Desper work at his desk and it looked like your. I think you should keep it - it's beautiful.
    Have a great week.
    Mary

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  4. Beautiful! Yes...I sold a few big pieces that I didn't want to move up here. Now we have re-configured the house layout adn I wish I had them...oh well, more reasons to hunt for new stuff!

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  5. Omigosh! LOVE that desk - how could you not keep it?! I never let go of anything I'm in love with. I stack things on top of each other to make sure they don't go anywhere. I'm inundated with furniture - sheesh, SUCH a hoarder! lol

    xox

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  6. Ben's desk is beautiful! You have Ben and I have Lieutenant Dan...the damaged antique dresser we found on the curb that didn't have legs. I recently finished salvaging him (with "new" antique legs) and I don't want to part with him even though that's part of my refurbishing job. I know I'll miss his dark blue milk painted, walnut crotch veneer self. Him and an antique sideboard my husband and I repaired that sold a few weeks ago. I miss it so.

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  7. Mimi--Love Ben's desk... so much character and ohh the stories he could tell.

    I just purchased a piece that is unusual (at least to me) and I would LOVE to keep it, but I have no place to put it. I'm hoping I won't regret selling it someday very soon.

    gail

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  8. Awww... man Mimi!! My ♥ sunk when I got to the pictures with the price tags on him. I said, "Nooooooo." But alas, the price tags didn't disappear! Oh if I lived closer, he would be mine!!

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  9. Love this desk. I can't believe you are selling it! I have several pieces that I've sold that I wish I still had.

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  10. I love your desk! Yes, it's hard to decide which pieces to keep and which to sell. I frequently live with a new find for a while before I let it go. My biggest regret was selling a French boucher table that I bought in Normandy. I'll probably never own another one.sniff.
    Karee

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  11. I love it - such a beautiful piece! Wow, what a find. Beautifully worn too.

    Michelle / newengland-style.com

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  12. Please tell me you are keeping it! Please! It is fabulous! Gorgeous! Love!

    Jenni

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  13. Where exactly are you?! I keep coming back to look at this amazing desk. If you're in the Washington, DC/Maryland 'burbs area, I'd love to visit.

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