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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Phyllis @Around the House said...

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

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

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

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

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.

Katie @ Creatively Living said...

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!

ANNE said...

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


Annie said...

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.

Gail Wilson said...

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.


Candace Herrero said...

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!!

Full Circle Creations said...

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.

The Vintage Chateau said...

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.

Michelle Jamieson said...

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

Michelle /

GnomeLover said...

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


Christine Freeman said...

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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