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Antique Derby Typewriter Desk. From Derby Desk Company. Boston Massachusetts. Made in 1911. Quarter Sawn White Oak with Oak Veneer.
Brass foot plates. The footplates have a gorgeous patina. The drawers have a foot in the back to keep the drawer from tipping out when all the way open. Inspection stamp dated June 16, 1911.
2 of the 5 drawers have brass Mortise locks, I do not have the key. The flip top center of the desk also has a brass Mortise lock, with no key. The mechanism which allows the top to function is also brass. Brass Plate bearing the Derby Desk Company Boston Mass. is featured on the flip top.
Detailed Dovetail woodworking throughout. As you can see in the photos of the drawers. 2 Pull out writing surfaces. The dimensions of this desk are as follows: 54" length, 29.5" width, 36.5" height
The typewriter is missing, if you can find one in working order, the value of this desk increases greatly! The condition of this desk is fair. A great to excellent condition desk WITH working typewriter sells for around $5000. I am asking $120 for this desk. The first best offer wins! Thanks for looking!
These desks sold for about $100 in 1909. Here is a link to a Spokane News Paper Ad 1909. Selling Derby Desks.
Here is some information I found on the Derby Desk Company. Boston Mass.,
Derby Desk Company. Vernon Street, Somerville, Massachusetts, c.1912. Library and Archives purchase.
The Derby Desk Company was established in Boston in 1870 and moved to Somerville, Massachusetts, in the 1880s. By the time this print was made, about 1912, the Somerville Board of Trade described the company as "the largest manufacturing industry in the world devoted exclusively to the manufacture of office furniture. Occupying ten acres of floor space, it has made and sold over two million desks, and designed special and artistic furniture for the principal banks, libraries, public institutions, and corporations throughout the United States."
In this illustration, probably made for advertising purposes, the factory is depicted as monumental, fortress-like, presiding benignly (despite the spewing smokestacks) over the surrounding well-landscaped residential neighborhood. The company's involvement in the modern world is emphasized by the transportation network of trains, trucks, and automobiles and by the design of the industrial architecture of the newer buildings in the complex.
The acquisition of this image, together with that of a group of approximately forty similar illustrations of New England industrial complexes produced by Woodbury and Company of Worcester, Massachusetts, and recently donated by Kimball Woodbury, supports SPNEA's efforts to document the constantly-changing built environment of New England.
-Lorna Condon
Director of Library & Archives

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