19th Century American Sea Captains Desk, With Ink Well Set

19th Century American Sea Captains Desk, With Ink Well Set

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19th Century American Sea Captains Desk, With Ink Well Set
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19th Century American Sea Captains Desk, With Ink Well Set
19th Century American Sea Captains Desk, With Ink Well Set
19th Century American Sea Captains Desk, With Ink Well Set
19th Century American Sea Captains Desk, With Ink Well Set
19th Century American Sea Captains Desk, With Ink Well Set

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19th Century American Sea Captains Desk, With Ink Well Set

This is a Magnificent RARE Ornate Captains Desk; it has the incredible workings of a master craftsmanship and is crowned with gold monogram crest at the top with the initials CVF.

This is a two piece heavy desk set; the top portion of the desk features a turned brass spindle rail above in black and gold. There is a door on the left that opens to reveal the 16 map compartments and one larger shelf for documents. The  inside of the door panel a detailed colorful painted  scene of a  lighthouse  surrounded by rough sea with ships in the background,  in brilliant  gold, red, yellow, blue, white, pink , green  colors with black low lights. There are also engraved borders and scrolls accenting the wood on top along with gold accents.

The top center portion has a roll up compartment with six document trays, two pull out trays above and below with knob handles. The tray below offers an antique elaborate carved wooden and metal ink well set with pen rests. There are brass nautical pulls in the shape of cleats on the left and right of the center. The Interior and compartments are painted sky blue;  there are two tower columns on each side of desk with gold paint inlays geometric designs, scroll work, foliage fleur-de-lis decorations throughout and hand painted floral design in yellow green, red and blue.
The top right hand side offers a door that opens to four large compartments with a   panel that is painted with a detailed colorful scene of beautiful sail ships at sea.

The left and right side of the desk feature two gold frame panels one on each side with lovely floral scenes in vivid colors.

There are two smaller top drawers that have ornate brass swing handles and key hole. The top portion is signed in pencil Jas Wilson Carr Detroit MI, 1879, rumor has it this desk was used on a ship at one point on the Detroit River many years ago and was removed from the vessel. We could not find any more information on the name listed it could be another interesting story filled with the tales of the sea.

The Lower half of desk is large it has a wood border with large green leather blotter and two large drawers in dove tail conduction with brass pulls. The bottom section has bulbous legs very stylish.

This amazing desk is one of our more remarkable finds, these are difficult to find in any shape, this is an exciting piece filled with  Quality Craftsmanship, Art Work, History, Embellishments and Mystery this is a fine nautical collectible.

Condition: Small area of wood is split on left door, there are scratches scuffs as you would expect consistent with age, missing a wooden knob on one door, it is in the original condition on finish and joints,in.

Ink  Well h as ½” Chip to rim, lid is missing on cork stopper, smaller ink well is chipped, missing 1/3 of glass rim (hand painted) One Quill Pen Holders is broken ½ is missing.

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Measurements: 64” Tall x 54” Wide x 38 “Deep

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Item Details:

  • Reference #
  • 851
  • Quantity
  • 1
  • Category
  • Furniture & Furnishings
  • Department
  • Antiques
  • Year
  • 1879
  • Dimensions
  • Width: 54 inches
  • Height: 64 inches
  • Depth: 38 inches
  • Weight: 200 pounds
  • Condition
  • Good
  • Material
  • Wood

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