Just caught the tail end of HGTV: If Walls Could Talk on the way down from the woodshop last night. They showed a secretarie that had a solid roll top instead of the typical drop down writing surface/door. I’ve never seen one like this one. It was dated around 1880 and the appraiser placed a value of $10,000 on it!
The roll top worked much like that on a rolltop desk but the top was solid not trambours and it rolled back into the desk on curved in the wood guides. It appeared to be made with a veneered burl on the outside, beautiful! Underneath the rolltop was the slideout writing surface but all else looked like any other secretarie I have seen.
The inside of the desk had a gallery and the top was a glass door bookcase with cornice on top; a very elegant piece. Have any of you folks ever seen/heard of a secretarie like this?
Bob @ Kidderville Acres
A Woodworkers mind should be the sharpest tool in the shop!
Edited 3/18/2008 10:32 am ET by KiddervilleAcres