This centennial, Chippendale desk is referred to as a lady’s writing desk due to its small size. The term “centennial” refers to earlier furniture styles recreated as a response to our celebration in the 1870’s of our 100 years as a nation. During that time, there was a renewed interest in furniture styles of the 1700’s. The top of the desk has a cast brass railing. Below are 4 small hand dovetailed drawers with intricately hand carved acanthus leaf designs on their fronts. All have their original cast brass pulls. Notice the ornately carved slant lid with the deeply carved central shell design. The lid retains its original cast brass key escutcheon with working lock. The lock is patented 1876. The lid drops down and rests on 2 slide-out supports. Inside are 6 separate cubbies for storage. Below the lid is a long, hand dovetailed drawer with a carved front, original cast brass pulls and key escutcheon with working lock. This solid mahogany desk rests on tall, slender, serpentine shaped legs with intricately carved knees. The legs rest on boldly carved ball and claw feet. The desk retains its original finish which is in amazingly excellent condition having a very desirable rich color and warm patina. 46"h X 27"w X 17"d, Condition: Excellent, Circa: 1880's.