Walnut Desk Or Table 1864 Estate Of James Flood Lindenwood Mansion

From the Estate of James C. Flood, Linden Wood Mansion 1860's. An American Renaissance Revival Table and Desk in ll original Solid Walnut wood and fine inlaid new leather top and foot rest. Size 40"L x 30"W X 29 High. There is a pair of braces under the table for stability done many many years ago. This can be removed with no alteration to table. Made in the 1860-70 era by John Breuner Furniture Company, the maker of the furniture for the New California State Capitol building of the same period. James C. Flood was a neighbor of the California Governor Leland Standford. This table was purchased at the 1934 Auction at the Lindenwood Mansion where Atherton is today. The same table was also made for the State Capitol Treasurers office and other State Offices. Shipping quotes available for lower 48 States. Approx $500-$700 lower 8 states. We are *Robert's Antiques & Fine Art Since 1985 The first soap opera drama dates back to 1931, when arguably the most famous case ever tried in Redwood City's original glass-domed courthouse took place. 1. It was a fight over the $18 million estate of James L. Flood, the son of the silver baron whose fortune built the "wedding cake" Linden Towers mansion. After Flood died in 1927, a woman named Constance Stearn claimed she was his illegitimate daughter. She sued for her share -- $4 million -- of the estate. Yellowed newspaper clippings from the time reveal Stearn's compelling story. As an infant, she came to live with Flood and his first wife, Rose Fritz, who acknowledged her as Flood's baby. When Rose Flood died in 1898, 5-year-old Constance lost the only mother she'd known. James Flood promptly married Rose's sister, Maud Fritz. Constance was the ring bearer, but the new bride shipped the girl to a convent. She never saw her father again. The trial was an O.J. Simpson case in its time, said Marion Holmes, former archivist for the San Mateo County History Museum. Spectators crammed the courthouse, riveted by the showdown between fragile Stearn and the widow Flood. Convinced by the testimony of family servants, the jury seemed poised to name Stearn as Flood's daughter. But Judge George Buck abruptly halted the trial in favor of Maud Flood. The gallery erupted in hisses, and 10 of the 12 jurors were so angry they refused to sign the verdict. "It was so shocking that Buck turned it over," Holmes said. "The people were outraged." When Buck, the sole county judge for 42 years, came up for re-election the next year, he lost -- to Stearn's attorney, Maxwell McNutt. As for Stearn, the family paid her $1.2 million to never again claim to be a true heir.

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Furniture & Furnishings
Antiques (approx100yrs)
(Width x Height X Depth)
30.00 x 29.00 x
Walnut and Leather