After 38 years I know how to make a new piece of walnut match the color of 200 year old wood. Bail pulls and escutcheons are from Ball and Ball. The finish is brushed shellac. The finish was rubbed out and waxed.
I believe this desk is from Pennsylvania, 1790-1810, because of the secondary woods that were used. The desk is 44 1/4″H, 39 3/4″ W, 22″ D. The price is $2,800.00.
To me there was evidence that this desk had ogee bracket feet . Any time I make ogee bracket feet they are blind dovetailed together. Not all old feet were done this way. Most of the time they were mitered and butt jointed. The back feet are half blind dovetailed. I was taught to build furniture second to none and I apply that to my restoration as well. In another post I will show how to make blind dovetailed ogee bracket feet.
I had one original drawer to copy. I used a 14 degree dovetail that has as 3/16″ neck on the pins . The drawer sides are walnut with popular back and bottoms. What is unusual is the top edge of the drawers sides and backs are rounded over. I did this with a molding plane. Drawer bottoms were fielded with a hand plane to fit the groove in the sides and fronts.
The drawer blade is set into the case on a half housed dove tale. The dust cover slides into the case in a 1/2″ groove. There is a tongue cut on the front of the dust cover . This meets a groove that is cut into the back of the drawer blade. This will be glued together. The dust cover will not be glued to the inside of the case. The drawer blade will be glued to the case. This will let the dust cover come and go with humidity changes with out cracking the case sides. All the surfaces of the replacement wood have been hand planed.
This is how I found this poor desk. It had been butchered. The lower three drawers, drawers blades and dust covers had been cut into. This was done to put a door on the right side. Also the feet are missing. It is made out of walnut. The secondary woods are poplar, chestnut, white ceder, and cherry.
It has a simple pigeonhole interior. The molding on the walnut door is cherry. The drawer bottoms for the small drawers is white ceder. The secondary wood for the letter pull outs is chestnut.