RARE Victorian English scaled model of a school desk row. Circa, mid-1800s. A superb, possibly UNIQUE example of a working model, with a mechanical lever system underneath the table, that allows the desk to be tilted back and forth. This allows for the shelf that is underneath, to be more accessible. It models a desk row, that seats four pupils – one pupil on either side, of the two ink wells. A real structure would have been bolted to the floor, and this example also replicates that.
It’s a fabulous display piece AND it is beautifully and skillfully made. It comprises a hardwood table and seat, with a decorative cast-iron footed frame. The wood retains its original stained surface that has developed into a dark and rich patina, there is also the attractive grain, and the ebonized row for pencils. The frame retains some of its original black paint. The lever is made out of brass, as are the screws along the back of the shelf.
Condition: Excellent and beautifully preserved antique condition. No restoration.
Size: Maximum height is 9 ½”. Length is 18”. Desk width is 4”. Seat width is 2 ½”.