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Secretary Desk

A sentimental piece indeed, this desk belonged to a good friend of a client who had passed away. The client acquired the desk after a long time of storage and neglect.

To start the restoration process was to first research the origin, background and any historical or value to the piece. Originally built by the Monitor Furniture Company in Jamestown, N.Y., these secretaries were most poplar in the mid 20th century. Built using solid cherry and mahogany veneers, this piece features “ball & claw” feet and four large drawers for storage. Swing down the desktop reveales six “pigeon hole” compartments, so typical of the secretary design, along with a center compartment hidden behind a shelled carved door and adjacent vertical pilasters that pull out to reveal “secret” compartments.

Continuing the restoration included disassembly (as much as needed), removal of the old finish, extensive veneer repair and replacement, a new replica of the “pigeon hole” assembly out of solid cherry, (the original had been made out of too thin a material and had warped, causing difficulty in door and drawer movement) and re-squaring the drawers. The center door, drawers and pilasters were reused.

Finishing up the restoration concluded with matching the original color and topcoat.
All hardware was reused after a refurbishing process.

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