Not sure if this was a Watchmaker's desk - Any ideas

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  1. wilsonpaule

    wilsonpaule Registered User

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    Okay, prior to getting a real watchmaker's desk which I now use, I found a very interesting desk that I used to work on my watches. I really do not think it was originally a watchmaker's desk. Does anyone have an idea? Maybe a penmaker's desk? The pictures below do give a good overall idea of the desk. zz3.jpg ZZ4.jpg zz5.jpg
     
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    I have never seen a desk like that , my thoughts are jewelry sales , I am assuming the purple velour and glass display are original .I would like a bench like that , I think the height for a watch bench should be around 35-38 inches , just my thoughts , good luck
     
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    I've never seen one like it either Kevin, that is the reason for my question! It is a beautiful piece of furniture, the wood grain is fantastic and the workmanship on all of the joints is impeccable. it is not very high though, so it is not very good for working on watches. Plus, I do not want to scratch it by laying tools out on it or braking the glass!
     
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    It looks like a sales station -- similar to
    some contemporary designs used in shops
    selling prescription spectacles, frames etc.
    The locks are sufficient to secure inventory
    after business hours, but wouldn't do for
    more valuable materials.

    The fan-like depression pattern in the velour
    does suggest that pens might have been a
    focus -- imagine a client sitting on the other
    side of it, while you (seated) take out items
    to be examined on the (padded?) surface to
    the left.
     
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    What is the black material on the desk top?? Leather? Slate??

    To my eyes, definitely not a work bench. I think it is some sort of store display counter. Based upon the pattern in the velvet, I think that its use for pens is a good bet. Another thought would be artists supplies, e.g., paint brushes. Better pix of that area might be helpful.

    RM
     
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    It's a Jewelers bench / desk
     
  7. wilsonpaule

    wilsonpaule Registered User

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    The Black Material is Leather.

    I am trying to find someone that can cut a key for the lock. I really like this piece of furniture and would like to use it to display my pocket watches.
     
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    Old writing desks often had a leather inset. I still think your wonderful piece of furniture was for pens. The prospective buyer could try them out on the leather surface?

    Frankly, it doesn't really matter what it was used for. It's very much the thing now to adaptively reuse old furniture for new or different purposes than for what they were originally intended. I love that! For example, I recently sold a late 19th early 20th century rack of shelves on wheels that came from one of the many old shoe factories in NE. It will now store towels in someone's remodeled bathroom.

    Have fun and don't be too preoccupied with what it is. It's great and use it for what you want. Display watches? Perfect.

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