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Pitch Pine Student's Desk


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 This is a very unusual American pitch pine student’s desk, built to withstand the most vigorous use.  Two broad trestle-style ends are firmly anchored into long flat feet and through-tenoned into the 1” thick single board seat.  Powerful rear stiles support a chamfered back rail, which is hinged to a 9” deep desktop writing surface, for the use of the student sitting behind.  The desktop adjusts from level to two sloped settings where it is secured by wooden supports, pegged to the rear stiles, which slot into a wooden sawtooth adjustable track on the underside of the desktop.  The centre of the back rail is drilled to hold an inkwell.

The angle of the left side of the seat indicates that the piece was built for a specific room and the height of the desktop, 36”, suggests the student behind sat one step up, as in a lecture room.

This is an extremely sturdy piece but bears all the scars of active use, in the course of which EC, LP, and HD, amongst others, have left their marks.  It would make a great stand for a small TV, or a bench in the hallway to sit down and take off your shoes.  


34.5"w x 36"h x 22"d

Materials and Condition

Polished Pitch Pine
Very good sturdy condition with wear consistent with age and use. See description for details.
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