Signed piece!! The maker signed the bottoms of the three long drawers. Samuel Olmstead.
This was made around 1820-30. After researching we are confident that the name is that of Samuel Olmstead born in E. Hartford, Conn in 1766 who died in 1848. He had a son of the same name who worked with him and was the son of a cabinetmaker. The spelling within family genealogy shows as Olmsted, Olmstead, Olmested, Olmestede Olmsteed and other variations. We know this is typical for most family histories and genealogies.
The piece is of top quality flame grain mahogany; well selected and well executed. The secondary wood is tulip poplar and yellow pine. The glass is original. The unusually well designed and shaped feet, the graceful scrolls, the matching contours on the central dividers of the interior, and the outstanding selection of matching veneers speak to the artistry and workmanship of the maker. Notice that the same grain pattern flows from drawer to drawer including the separator between drawers. Fine! Museum quality.
This desk was validated by a previous owner and local historian in Smythe County to have come from the Eleanor Copenhaver, Sherwood Anderson estate in Smyth County VA. From there it traveled to New Jersey. It was brought back to Virginia where we were fortunate to purchase this fine and untouched secretary.
Our intent is to do an abbreviated conservation treatment on this piece prior to delivery or shipping. It deserves no less!!
height 81 inches width at crown 48 inches width below crown 41 inches width at base 42 inches
The price is after conservation restoration. Restoration will not, NOT, include stripping the original coating but will consist of any repairs, touch up and coloring of areas of loss. Cleaning the coating and following with a good waxing of all presentation surfaces. More information and pictures can be made available.