A Cutler & Son Roll Front & Glass Sided Business Desk – Philadelphia Exhibition 1876

A Cutler & Son Roll Front & Glass Sided Business Desk



A Cutler & Son Roll Front & Glass Sided Business Desk - Philadelphia Exhibition 1876

PRESENTING a GLORIOUS, IMPORTANT AND EXTREMELY RARE piece of 19th Century American Furniture !

This is a A Cutler & Son Roll Front & Glass Sided Business Desk from circa 1876……Late 19th Century.

This FABULOUSLY RARE and HIGH-END Desk was made by A.Cutler & Sons of Buffalo, New York.

The Desk is fully marked on the inside of the drawers as made by” A. Cutler & Son Manufacturers of Office Furniture, Folding Beds, Novelties and Card Tables, Artistic Cabinetware, Buffalo, N.Y., USA

The Desk consists of a Solid Construction of BEAUTIFUL Flame Mahogany with golden oak. It has a solid Roll-Top cover to the front and has 2 extendable leaves that slide out from the top of each side pillar.

What makes this desk UNIQUE, EXTREMELY RARE and HIGHLY DESIRABLE is the fact that the sides, back and top of the desk are made of thick bevelled glass to make a Gallery of the Desk Interior !

WE CANNOT FIND ANOTHER CUTLER DESK JUST LIKE THIS ONE !!!

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The Interior of the Desk has a re-moveable 2 pillar 'hutch' section connected with brass poles each pillar having 6 cubbyholes and 2 drawers.

The Interior is lined with the original green baize cloth.

The Interior also has a brass turntable insert for holding letters, slips, receipts etc. simply labelled "Standard".

The Base consists of 2 side pillars with extendable leaves and 4 drawers...3 small and one large.

The top of the desk is edged in a beautiful indented pediment molding and the top is separated from the base with a stunning 'Swirl" effect molding all around the desk.

The Desk is in SUPERB CONDITION throughout !

 

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We are of the Opinion that this Desk could have been made by Cutler for the Philadelphia's 1876 Centennial Exhibition.

This would explain why we can find no other Cutler Desk quite like this !!

This would also explain the glass panels.....as the desk could be displayed with the Roll-Top Front up and locked in place but the interior could still be viewed from the outside !

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It could very easily have been a 'one-off' exhibition piece and Cutler did exhibit Roll-Top Desks at the Philadelphia's 1876 Centennial Exhibition.

Abner Cutler & Son were cabinetmakers in Buffalo, New York who started production in the late 1820s. The firm specialised in rolltop desks and by the 1850s had been granted seven patents related to the desk's mechanism. The company was known as 'Cutler & Son' by the 1870s and exhibited some desks at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. By the early 1900s, the firm was known as the 'Cutler Desk Co.' In 1930 it was taken over by the Sikes Chair Co., also of Buffalo.[1][2]

The US Patent Office issued a patent for the first American-made rolltop desk to Abner Cutler of Buffalo, NY in 1850. Similar desks had been seen in Europe before Cutler's patent. The cylinder desk was a predecessor of the rolltop, and had been in use in France in the 1700s, but warping of the top was common as it was made from a single piece of wood. The tambour desk may also be considered an early rolltop even though the work surface was only partly covered by the top. The rolltop became a standard item of the Victorian office. Cutler's company flourished until around 1919, when the rolltop design declined in popularity and was replaced by Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles.

Abner Cutler was born at Paris, Oneida County, N. Y., in 1802 and was the sixth child of Joseph and Dothea Judd. He spent his childhood on a farm and when sixteen years old was apprenticed for three years to Silas Sikes, a cabinet maker of Clinton, New York. After this he was employed by Thomas Constantine in New York where he learnt the trade of cabinet-making. From there he worked in Chittenango, New York, and in 1824 started out on his own. He went into partnership with a Mr. Stearns of Mendon, New York, and they established themselves as cabinet makers at Black Rock near Buffalo, and were soon marketing "fall-leaf" tables.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._Cutler_%26_Son

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The Centennial International Exhibition of 1876, the first official World's Fair in the United States, was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from May 10 to November 10, 1876, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. Officially named the International Exhibition of Arts, Manufactures and Products of the Soil and Mine, it was held in Fairmount Park along the Schuylkill River on fairgrounds designed by Herman J. Schwarzmann. Nearly 10 million visitors attended the exhibition and thirty-seven countries participated in it.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centennial_Exposition

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A Cutler & Son Roll Front & Glass Sided Business Desk - Philadelphia Exhibition 1876.

Dimensions: 58" Wide,  57" Tall and  36" Deep

Condition: Mint

Provenance: Part of a Private Collectors High-End Antique collection of over 30 years.

Price: $42,000.00. Sale Price Now: $32,000.00

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