There are no old book smells in the enclosed bookcase. The cabinet has all of its original hardware, original working brass lock with 2 keys, original wavy door glass and brass swivel casters that roll and rotate as they should.12 of the original adjustable 16 shelf pins and 4 replacement pins. The 4 shelves are adjustable at 2 increments. The 4 tiger oak (both sides) shelves are original, pristine, reversible and do NOT have plate grooves on either side. The top shelves are 8 1/4" x 26" and the bottom shelves are 9 1/4" x 26".
In the bottom section of the bookcase are 2 cup hooks which may or may not be original and may have held a curtain rod to conceal the lower shelves. The cabinet retains its original dark satin finish that is not crazed or alligatored.
There are 2 scratches on the left side of the cabinet and one finish abrasion on the right side (probably a hand truck strap applied to tightly). This minor blemish is in the finish and did not harm the wood.
The solid desk top is excellent with one old water stain, and to the left of that are 2 light perpendicular scratches along with some other assorted minor. Flea bites that will not show up in the photos.
There are 2 dove-tailed pull out drawers between the desktop and the bookcase. The drawer interiors are excellent with no scratches or ink stains. The interior back of the cabinet is burl maple plywood and in excellent condition - and an indication of a quality made piece of furniture. The back panel of the cabinet is excellent and structurally sound with a few of the usual veneer blisters that should be expected of a cabinet of this vintage.
Probably one of the finest open secretaries you will find. This cabinet style is either one or a very few of-a-kind remaining anywhere. Please enlarge the photos as they are part of the description and check your measurements carefully as all sales are final. If you require specific additional photos or have any questions, just ask and we will answer you honestly and promptly.
We have been in the restoration business for 49 years and this cabinet, without exception, is one of the rarest and high quality unrestored/unrepaired/unrefinished originals we have ever had. This is a 120 year old antique cabinet.It does have a couple of "character marks" that should be anticipated after 120 years. Perfection is in the eye of the beholder - we try our hardest to provide an honest description pointing out all the good points and blemishes that we see.
We are located in Greenwood, SC 29646 and we are 2 hours south of Charlotte and Asheville, 3 hours east of Atlanta, 1 hour west of Columbia, SC and 1 hour north of Augusta, GA. This desk should fit in most SUVs - check your measurements ahead of time.Please see our other unique antique items by clicking sellers other items. The item "Antique Tiger Oak Desk Secretary Bookcase 65x29x19" is in sale since Sunday, April 11, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Furniture\Desks & Secretaries\1900-1950". The seller is "2twins47" and is located in Greenwood, South Carolina. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.