DESCRIPTION: Renaissance Revival style walnut desk and bookcase or escritoire signed in pencil by George Henkels of Philadelphia. Circa 1860-80. Form with figured mahogany case and double arched glazed doors surmounted by a carved curved bonnet. Signed in pencil "Geo Henkels/1301-1303 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia" with additional provenance label. This piece may be the only surviving signed example of Henkels work that has been identified. Kenneth Ames' landmark article in the Magazine Antiques (October 1973 and reprinted in Snyder, Philadelphia Furniture and Its Makers) noted no signed examples, but many attributions made based upon surviving catalogs by Henkels. Examples of Henkels furniture are found in the collection of the Historical Society of Dauphin County (Ex-Simon Cameron collection) and the Asa Packer Mansion, Jim Thorpe, PA. MEASUREMENTS: 50-3/4" x 21-1/4" x 98-3/4" high. CONDITION: Right door pane with crack. Replaced felt. Missing finials. Two small pieces of trim missing to bottom edge. Overall wear as expected with age and use.