This Extra Grade example and others manufactured by the Wooton Desk Manufacturing Company are nicely illustrated and fully described in the publication. See Plates 6 and 7, pp 68-69. Wooton Desks were expensive pieces of office equipment for the time.
The list of clients for the Extra Grade model include John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould and Ulysses S.
The Superior and Ordinary grade desks were phased out of production between 1880 and 1884, while the Standard and Extra patterns were retained and were augmented by the newer Queen Anne and Eastlake models. The Extra Grade model is in three parts made from black walnut harvested in Indiana. The trim and accent veneers are of Spanish cedar and birds eye and burl maple. Each hinged door is fitted with shelves and compartments.
The left door is fitted with an arrangement of four shelves above a row of seven small maple drawers over a central door flanked by a bank of four medium drawers and three vertical shelves, all above two rows of four, square dovetailed drawers with horizontal shelves beneath. The right door is fitted with four rows of 10 square cardboard letter drawers with brass ring pulls. The central case is surmounted by an ornate carved crest in the Renaissance Revival taste.The interior has a full width writing surface that drops down when the locking mechanism is released to form a horizontal desk surface. The interior is fitted with a row of open shelves, three maple drawers at the center with incised carved decoration, above an opening for inkwell and pen trays, flanked by an arrangement of six drawer. Beneath the writing surface is a bank of four drawers flanked by horizontal and vertical shelves. When closed, the front of the cabinet displays four recessed and molded burl walnut panels with cast gilt grass letter slots. The top panels are curved giving the illusion of a barrel or cylinder roll.
The end of each outer section, when open, are beautifully finished in birds eye maple panels with ebonized incised carved elements. All of the cast brass hinges and locking mechanisms are original and in fine condition. SIZE: 77 h x 45 w x 32 d.
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