Well proportioned, fine quality Victorian, solid mahogany pedestal desk.
Well proportioned, fine quality Victorian, solid mahogany pedestal desk. The nine drawers of a good, hand cut, dovetailed construction with solid mahogany linings and well turned knob handles, with working locks throughout. The top three drawers with wonderful superior quality Hobbs, six lever, locks. The back is well polished and the top has a hand carved moulding and a new, full-hide and tooled leather. With the original owner’s stamp, business card and interesting provenance.
Law Courts Pedestal Desk with a story to tell…
The year is 1844 and Mr E.R. Hammond is looking to find a tenant for the fully furnished upper part of a “Capital Professional Residence” in Chancery Lane.
The property is in the heart of London’s legal district, “suitable for a practising barrister or solicitor… rent including rates and taxes 100 guineas per annum”, so naturally, he advertises in the leading legal publication of the day The Jurist, describing himself as “Chamber Agent, 30 Bell-yard Lincoln’s Inn”.
Who took on the tenancy is not recorded, but clearly Mr Hammond must have considered them less than trustworthy, even if they were members of the legal profession.
To prevent a tenant making off with any of the fine quality furniture in the offices, every piece was stamped “E R Hammond, 30 Bell Yard, Lincolns Inn”.
Some pieces have come on to the market in recent years, all similarly marked. The latest is this fine quality Victorian mahogany pedestal desk.
Furniture marked like this makes for fascinating research. Instead of being just a desk, this piece has a history that can be documented and appreciated way beyond an anonymous object.
Size 54 x 32 x 30 inches tall (137 x 82 x 76 cm tall)
Stock no. 5203