Flat-top desk (library table, writing table), 1772
Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004
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Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004

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The library table, writing table, table desk or flat-topped desk is constructed of three parts: two units of three drawers each, and a shallow top or table section that contains two shallow drawers arranged side by side. The desk presents the illusion of being double-sided, with false drawer fronts on the opposite (back) sides of the three-drawer units and the "table" section. The upper edge of the top is finished with a round-nosed moulding. The lower edge is finished with a narrow moulding. Each three-drawer unit is supported on four squat, moulded bracket feet. All the drawer fronts, active and false, have beaded edges, brass bail handles with button escutcheons, and brass-edged keyholes. Some of the handles and escutcheons are original; many others are replacements. The drawers have thin walls and dovetail construction; five drawer bottoms are oak, with three short boards laid crosswise; the sixth is a single pine board laid lengthwise. A large brass carrying handle is centered (roughly) on the short exterior wall of each drawer unit. The top is inset with a leather writing surface.
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