A very unique item. This is one of 2 prototype desks designed for an exclusive public school in Bedford England, the Harpur Trust School (1834 - 1974), Much of the school was designed by renowned antiquary and architect Edward Blore (1787 - 1879) whose other notable works included the completion of Buckingham Palace and the Alupka Palace in Russia.
The school has now moved to new premises but the old buildings remain and are used as a community and shopping centre.
The desk is made of oak with a cast iron framed support. The top lifts just like its real-life partner and inside is a miniature set of pencils. There is a groove for pens at the top of the desk, now holding a pencil, a place for the inkwell with the whole piece exudes the patina and distress of a well used piece of school furniture. What is also charming is that there is a recess cut into the lip of the desk for the rest of right elbows ( wouldn't work for a leftie but then being left handed was not tolerated in Victorian times, pupils were forced to be right handed). This recess in the lip is incredibly smooth, no rough edges, just as it would have been for the real desk. A small detail which speaks to the talent and pride of the model maker. The seat and back rest of the seat are also rounded and smooth.
The desk height is 8 inches by 6 inches from the front to the rear of the seat with a width of 4.5 inches. A very neat piece, great for a décor accessory, architectural design model or for display in a large scale doll house or doll and dollhouse vignette.
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