Old Secretary Decorated for Fall

phonegirlNovember 5, 2012

I had mentioned last week that I had seen this old scrolled secreatary on CL and loved it. Well would you believe I called today while in the city and she still had it. She even came down on the price since it's missing one of the handle pieces.

I didn't see any manufacture tag on it so don't know how old it is. If this looks familar to any of you please let me know. It did come with two skeleton keys.

I decorated it with some fall decor until I decide what books or decor I will keep in it. It will be moving to the bedroom as soon as DS takes the tanning bed to his home.

Oh, it is also missing one of the shelves and a couple screws. DH will probably make one tomorrow. If I want to use this to decorate I wouldn't need one. As you can see there isn't much room between the shelves.

I had a chance to buy one of these 30 years ago and passed. Now I'm kicking myself for every antique of our grandmothers I gave away years ago. My DSis on the other hand kept all her antiques.


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What a wonderful piece, Punk. I've never seen one like it.
It looks beautiful all decked out for Fall.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2012 at 7:03AM
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Wow, punk! What a CL find! It will be beautiful wherever you put it! Looks great w/Fall decor! I like those 'corn' taper candles on the top shelf! And I hope you can have the 'desk part' open when it finds a permanent home...beautiful! Lots of treasures could find a home there! TFS! Jeanne S.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2012 at 11:33AM
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OK. That's not fair. I have been looking for one of those for ages. You sure found a good one. Love the height.

I think you should leave the desk open too. You know, you might even wedge in a shelf or two in a few of those slots. That way you could display a figurine, paper flower, or a few small knickknacks, instead of having to find all tall, skinny things.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2012 at 2:02PM
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I dont know that woodwork on the drop door is fantastic. it looks good closed as well !!

    Bookmark   November 6, 2012 at 8:47PM
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Nana, I had never seen one like this either. Maybe that's the reason I bought it.

Jeanne, I'm not sure I would of thought to decorate the center and leave it open. I like this idea for a change. Will have to see if I like dusting it every week.LOL

OA, hope you find one soon. DH already made another shelf and stained it. I will ask if he'd like to make a few more little ones. Great idea!

Minnie, I agree, the scroll work on the door is nice.

Thanks Nana, Jeanne, OA and Minnie for looking and commenting. It will be fun to decorate for Christmas soon.


    Bookmark   November 7, 2012 at 9:12AM
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Marlene Kindred

What a great find! Love it's design...the handle will be easy to replace as it is a common one. Looks so nice with all of your fall decorations too....Woohoo for you!!

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 9:13PM
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Punk, I'm with OA in saying it's not fair. lol! That secretary is just gorgeous!!! I'm NO EXPERT at all, but if I had to guess I'd say it's from the early 1900s. It looks to be Arts & Crafts style (from the carving and size), but what's throwing me is the cabriole legs. Could the legs be replacements?

I love your new secretary! I just gave up looking on CL and ordered a tall but narrow mission-style bookcase to help with my storage problem. :O)

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 9:33PM
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Punk...you certainly found a beautiful secretary and it
looks like a real quality piece too. I love the lines and
I agree that keeping it open shows off more of its
Love how you decorated it for Fall. I think I would
find a place for it ANYWHERE I could, to show it off.
I'm so happy for you finding another 'toy to play with' !! lol

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 10:06PM
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Marlene, thanks, I don't need the handle. It's one of the little round side pieces the handle fits in. If you have a good source please let me know.

Party, I took the drawer out and it doesn't look like the legs are replacements to me but I will ask others who come by. CL here has so many neat ones for sale. Some are thousands but others are priced to sell quick.

Jane, I was hoping to find a place for it this weekend but other things have come up so it might not find a spot till next year at this rate.LOL I better stick to buying only antique furniture from now on.

Thanks for all your comments.


    Bookmark   November 9, 2012 at 9:46PM
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You sure made a great score on that beautiful piece!
I found my secretary on CL a couple of years ago and just love it.

You did a wonderful job decorating it and I'm sure you will have lots of fun changing it for all the different seasons/holidays.

You could try Restoration Hardware for your round piece. Sometimes the Habitat for Humanity stores have old hardware if you have one of those near you.

Regardless, its a beautiful piece and I'm sure you'll be very happy together, LOL


    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 12:49AM
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Candy, thanks for the sweet comments.
I just did a search and found the part
I need. I'm pretty sure now I could
find this type of drawer pull and only
use the little round piece thats missing.

Thanks for the nudge to get me lookin'.


    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 1:33PM
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