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Pennsylvania Federal desk and bookcase or secretary, possibly Lancaster County, cherry with pine secondary. Bookcase section with slender swan's neck pediment, turned rosettes, and carved urn finial, placed on a plinth over a carved reeded figured maple ornament. Horizontal inlaid banding at base of pediment and case. Case with two blind paneled doors, each having line inlay with curved corners. Inlaid kite shaped escutcheon. Interior with three graduated long shelves and two vertical dividers to lower shelf. Lower desk section has line inlaid fall front writing section with fitted interior in three sections, left and right sections of four graduated drawers, center sections with two drawers over four shaped pigeonhole compartments. Case with beveled lamb's tongue front corners, four graduated scratch beaded and dovetailed line inlaid drawers, older but replaced brasses. Band of similar dark and light band of inlay above shaped skirt over four French splayed feet. Receipt attributes secretary to Lancaster County, PA. 98" H x 41 3/4" W desk base x 18 3/4" D desk base. Circa 1800. (Additional high-resolution photos are available at www.caseantiques.com.)


Older refinish. Age cracks on slant front, sides and skirt. Drag wear on drawer runners. Back of desk section reinforced. Brasses older replacements. Original front lobed skirt but foot facings and blocks appear to be older replacements.

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PA Cherry Federal Desk and Bookcase

Estimate $1,200 - $1,400Jul 14, 2018