Handsome Antique Cabinet Butler Desk / Dresser - circa 1880's.
A mid-19th century American secretary desk mahogany dresser with a folding writing section.
It has decorated elements of classical style and fine artistry with nice wood veneer and craftsmanship. A lovely cabinet that would accent any prominent home.
The details on this Butler’s Desk are lovely. It is constructed of mahogany veneer. Attractive panels with handsome curved pieces to either side. Unique drop down top drawer to reveal desk area. The long single top drawer opens to reveal a hidden desk compartment that consists of storage slots and numerous petite horizontal drawers with small knob pulls. When the panel is up, it conceals a network of small doors, cubbies, shelves and/or drawers used for organizing documents, and storing writing implements and paper. Desks with fall- or drop-fronts remain an excellent choice for small rooms where a writing surface comes in handy but making space for a table or full-sized desk isn’t an option
Ample storage is found in the three bottom drawers with wood pulls .
The antique secretary dresser sits on curved bracket feet which are strong and provide a traditional look at the bottom.
Condition: Shows appropriate use wear, markings, veneer chipping and distressing - see pictures. It does not impair integrity. Any antique over 100 years old will have some type of slight or minor imperfections or marks of character… and these time-acquired features often intrigue collectors to ponder about how the piece must have been used and by whom. Such marks of use and character I think, add to the authenticity, charm, and desirability of the piece.