American, likely Pennsylvania, early 19th century. A Chippendale style mahogany and cherry (originally - now refinished) slant front desk having a molded three-quarter gallery top over the slant front with elaborately hand carved shell issuing scrolling acanthus leaves opening to a interior fitted with center door enclosing four small vertically stacked drawers flanked to both sides with a narrow document drawer and four valanced pigeon holes above four small drawers over four graduated drawers, each with individual locking mechanisms and string inlay flanked by canted corners and raised on bracket feet (modified) united by a scroll carved apron. Approximate height 45.75", width 39.5", depth 21.5". Note: The two removable document drawers are signed on the sides with the following provenance: 1812 - John Richland, 12-16-1819 - P. Dorial, 1885 - A. J. Leuber, 1921 Charles T. Eakin, Springfield, Del. Col. Pa., Marguerite Lafferty (married to Charles T. Eakin Nov. 2, 1921). Additional papers found in the drawer include marriage certificate for Charles and Marguerite along with Marguerite Lafferty's bank book leger from The Real Estate Trust Company of PHILADELPHIA which also contains notes, a photograph and some other scraps of paper. Provenance: Purchased from Antiques at Bolingbroke, Inc, Jerry & Elaine Schmitt, P.O. Box 114, Bolingbroke, GA 31004 on February 12, 2007.
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