Remarkable and rare walnut postal desk by Wooton Desk Co. of Indianapolis, Indiana, circa 1880. This exquisite example is carved in walnut with burl accents and incised detailing with ebonized and gilt trim. The top gallery is expertly carved, complete with turned finials. The two swinging doors hang on ornate brass hinges and open to reveal a birds eye maple drop down desk with a hand tooled leather writing surface and gilt decoration. The outer doors have elaborate letter slots and the interior is fitted with dozens of square and rectangular postal boxes, along with four birds eye maple drawers. One drawer marked with probable model #4272. Dimensions (closed):72"H x 42.5"W x 29"D
The Wooton Desk Company of Indianapolis was only in business for about 15 years, but its lifetime coincided with an era that witnessed a sharp increase in the number of offices and office workers. Along with time-saving devises such as the typewriter, carbon paper and with it the volumes of paperwork in the 1870's and 1880's, came Wooton's unique desk at just the right time to help maintain order in the home and workplace.
As an elegant piece of furniture it also made a statement about the businessman's station in life. It's unique and patented features included 110 letterboxes and cubbyholes and was a "complete office in a desk" which could swing shut when the work day was over and be locked to ensure privacy.
The Wooton Desk was sold all over the world and some of the its buyers included such names as John D. Rockefeller, Ulysses S. Grant, Joseph Pulitzer, and Charles Scribner.