Featured Antique child's desk - need information please

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  1. SJH

    SJH New Member

    I purchased this child's desk years ago at a garage sale. It has a pop up cubby section that is accessed by pulling the knob underneath. After it is up, you must pull the knob out underneath while pushing down on the cubby section to lock it back down. Has anyone seen one of these before? I have looked for others over the years but have not found one. Thanks!


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  2. yourturntoloveit

    yourturntoloveit Well-Known Member

    I really like that desk.
     
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  3. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    Welcome, SJH!

    What a cool arrangement! Seems kind of elaborate for a child, though. Is there something about the size that makes this a child's piece?
     
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  4. SJH

    SJH New Member

    Yes. The height is only 2ft 2 in. The height of the opening for the chair is only 23 inches. The width of the chair opening is only 13 inches.
     
  5. SJH

    SJH New Member

    Thx!
     
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  6. springfld.arsenal

    springfld.arsenal Store: http://www.springfieldarsenal.net/

    Kool--pop-up secret compartments! If u sell it don't let it go cheap, that's a really neat feature; I've never seen that before.
     
  7. Pat P

    Pat P Well-Known Member

    I like it, too.

    If you take photos of the sides of the drawers, the back, and the bottom, there are folks in Antiquers who will be able to help determine the age and origin.

    Oh, and welcome! :)
     
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  8. verybrad

    verybrad Well-Known Member

    I found a few desks with pop-up organizers that were much older than this. They were also more functional. The size and configuration of the pop-up on this seems more for affect than for function. I am not seeing antique in this and I am not seeing this as being commercially made. Either a custom piece or a talented amateur shop project I would think.

    Here is one of the antique pop-up desks.
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  9. yourturntoloveit

    yourturntoloveit Well-Known Member

    Verybrad, do you happen to know if the desk shown in your post is a "child-size" desk? Just curious.
     
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  10. verybrad

    verybrad Well-Known Member

    It is full sized but compact. I found several 18th and 19th century small desks with pop-ups. None were child sized. None showed the mechanism like yours does. I don't really see a whole lot of similarity but they do show historical precedence.
     
  11. yourturntoloveit

    yourturntoloveit Well-Known Member

    Verybrad, thank you for that information. ;)
     
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  12. SJH

    SJH New Member

    Here are some more pics. One shows the knob that you pull to enact the spring. Two are of the spring, one with the cubby up and one with it locked into place. There is also a pic of the keyhole from the front and from the top. Last, there is an inside pic of the bottom drawer that shows there are slots in each side where, I guess, there used to be a divider. There is nothing anywhere on the piece that shows a manufacturer.

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  13. Alina

    Alina New Member

    I have a desk almost exactly like this: mine has a center drawer where the chair does in, also matching swivel chair. It was mine as a child and my mom told me it was hers when she was little in the late 1930s in West Virginia (that part may or may not be true). I would love to know more about it - manufacturer, any dates, value? Have you learned anything about this desk?
     
  14. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BOARED!

    Hi and WELCOME Alina and SJH!!! Once in a while everyone gets stumped, but usually you'll find LOTS of help here with well seasoned antiquers here!!!! Enjoy the fun too!!!
     
  15. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

    Welcome!
    I'm an antique child and have a desk worth a lot to me. :)
     
  16. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

    Welcome Alina! :)
     
  17. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

    Maybe it's a Saleman's Sample?
     
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  18. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    In the 1940s, wood working was a lot more popular.
    I wouldn't be surprised if this wasn't a plan from Woodworkers, or Popular Mechanics.

    Look at the construction of the mechanism.
    If this were a commercial project I would expect a different sort of pull system.
     
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