Antique Children's Roll Top Desk No. 638
No. 638 was given to me by my Grandparents as a restoration project. It had been in our family for numerous years, almost too many to count. I was excited to receive No. 638 along with its partner, the chair.
While taking apart No. 638 we found very old test tubes, match boxes and a few other nick nacks hidden behind the roll top. We estimate No. 638 to be built around 1910 and it is such an honor that we have this beautiful piece of history in our home. We took apart both the desk and its counter part piece by piece. Everything was sanded down to its original wood coloring and what beautiful wood that was used to create these two pieces.
Both pieces needed a few repairs, the chair seat was split down the whole middle and is now being held together with a few brackets. The desk had a few spots that needed some TLC as well, we took very good care of these two. Slowly we began piecing it back together in order for it to be stained. We picked a gorgeous cherry stain that would bring it back to almost original color stain they would have used on it back in 1910. A new shelving unit is still needing to be built for the inside, unfortunately, we were unable to get off the black ink that had leaked all over the inside. We decided that a new shelving piece would be the best route for this case.
I love No. 638 and it fits perfectly in our guest room along with our other antiques we have collected. I am excited that we were given the opportunity to restore this piece and be able to have it stay in our family. I hope you enjoyed reading about No. 638, I sure had fun restoring it.