This is truly one of the most beautiful Victorian Secretaries of its kind that we have had the privilege to offer. You will notice that there is some faint writing on the back of the piece (see the e-Bay photo) that probably indicates either the maker or the person for whom the piece was made.
From what we can see it is signed M. The details on this Secretary are absolutely wonderful! This beautiful Secretary is constructed of mahogany, and flame mahogany over a secondary wood and the details are exquisite! The bookcase top is graced with a beautiful open arch top with a lovely center foliate carved pedestal that is surrounded on each side with elegant applied scroll land leaf adornments. The bookcase top doors have wavy glass that appears to be original, and three adjustable shelves.
The doors have arched tops with picture frame moulding around the original glass and carved foliate escutcheons. The right door has an intact lock and a decorative (non-working) key is included to assist in opening the doors.
Also, you will note that there is a small, insignificant scratch on glass in the lower corner of the right door which in no way impacts the beauty or integrity of the original wavy glass. The bottom slant front desk door of the Secretary is graced with luscious flame mahogany veneer, has a fancy brass key escutcheon along with an intact lock with working key.
This beautiful slant desk door opens to reveal a brown faux leather writing surface along with nine cubby compartments and three small drawers with glass pulls. You will notice that there are two wooden knobs beneath the slant front door.
These wooden knobs are attached to the supports that should be pulled out before opening the slant front desk door. Note that the measurement from the floor to the bottom of the opened slant front writing surface of the Secretary is 30. Ample storage in found in the three large dovetailed drawers that reside beneath the slant front desk door.
These elegant drawers are adorned with luscious flame mahogany veneer, along with leaf carved pulls and escutcheons. All three drawers have intact locks (no key).
The finish on this piece is warm and lovely and the applied scrolling detail and carvings on this Secretary are wonderful. If you adore luscious flame mahogany and elegant Victorian Rococo design, then dont miss out on the opportunity to own this fabulous Secretary! Novice antique collectors should be aware that any antique over 100 years old will have some type(s) of slight or minor imperfections or marks of character. It is exactly these time-acquired features that intrigue collectors to ponder about how the piece must have been used and by whom.
Such marks of use and character only add to the authenticity, charm, and desirability of the piece. Due to e-Bays new policy regarding contact information, we are only able to provide you with the names of the shippers and you will need to do an internet search to find their contact information. We hope that e-Bay will revise. This very inconvenient policy change in the near future.Meanwhile, here are the shippers names. Rick Ships (Rick Hill, owner) located in Hickory, NC Blanket Wrap service.
Serving areas East of Mississippi. Maas Transport (Bobby Maas, co-owner) located in , FL. Please visit our e-Bay Store for additional fine items and feel free to stop by our facility to see any of our items in person if you are in our area.Our excellent customer feedback record is a testament to the fact that this philosophy works extremely well for everyone. This Fabulous and Very Impressive Tall Victorian Rococo Flame Mahogany Secretary with Arched Bookcase Top (Circa: 1860)! The item "Gorgeous Tall Victorian Rococo Flame Mahogany Secretary Desk Bookcase Ca. 1860" is in sale since Monday, January 27, 2014. This item is in the category "Antiques\Furniture\Desks & Secretaries\1800-1899". The seller is "dandkantiques" and is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. This item can be shipped to United States.