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Furniture - Wooton Desks

William Wooton's original company manufactured the Patent Cabinet Office Secretary from 1874-1884. After that, Wooton retired to become a full-time clergyman. Wooton desks continued to be produced by a series of firms with different names until 1898, but it is those from the original decade that are the most sought after.

Furniture - Wooton Desks

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❤ - Antique Renaissance Revival Wooten Desk, ca.1875 - from Wooden Nickel Antiques, Cincinnati Ohio

❤ -Wooton "Ladies Model" Patent Secretary Desk in the Eastlake Style

Wooten desk. They look like a cross between a rolltop and a jukebox. Can you imagine a better setup for beading or other crafts?

The History of the Wooton Desk

Walnut Cylinder Roll Top Desk Labeled Wooten Desk 65"w x 62"h

$279.99 Miniature Wooton Desk. 1" scale 5 1/2"H x3"D x 3 5/8"W Wooten style Walnut, hand painted details with Asian motif.

Desk/Victorian - Miniatures The Doll House And Toy Store

Sold for $58,425 in July 2014. Wooton Renaissance Revival Walnut and Bird's-eye Maple Superior Grade Cabinet Secretary, last quarter 19th century, the cabinet with burl panels and part-ebonized and parcel-gilt details throughout, the superstructure with a central paneled arch flanked by carved eagles and urn-form finals, above a pair of half-domed paneled doors each centering a letter slot, one slot cast: "MANUFACTURED BY THE/WOOTON DESK CO/Indianapolis, IND/PAT OCT 6, 1874,"

Wooton Renaissance Revival Walnut and Bird's-eye Maple Superior Grade Cabinet Secretary | Sale Number 2740B, Lot Number 319 | Skinner Auctioneers

Wooton Walnut and Burl Walnut Standard Grade Rotary Desk Sales Model | Sale Number 2740B, Lot Number 282 | Skinner Auctioneers

Wooton Walnut and Burl Walnut Standard Grade Rotary Desk Sales Model | Sale Number 2740B, Lot Number 282 | Skinner Auctioneers

Sold for $7995 July 2014. Wooton Walnut and Burl Walnut Standard Grade Rotary Desk. Sales Model, Indianapolis, Indiana, last quarter 19th century, with a cloth-lined writing surface and two rotating pedestals: one side with various drawers and pigeonholes each with a green cardboard liner and the other side with various document slots and compartments, with a label from the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service

Wooton Walnut and Burl Walnut Standard Grade Rotary Desk Sales Model | Sale Number 2740B, Lot Number 282 | Skinner Auctioneers

Section 1: Wooten Desk - made with many cubbies to hide things like money because there were no banks back then

  • Gabbie

    My mother has a desk just like this! It was passed down as an antique from her mother and father!

1876 started off well for the Wooton company– “The King of Desks” featured prominently at the Centennial International Exposition in Philadelphia, where it won several awards for design. Agents across the country and overseas were selling the desk to rich and powerful men, including John D. Rockefeller, Ulysses S. Grant, Joseph Pulitzer, and Charles Scribner. U.S. Treasurer from 1875-6, said that his desk was “as much superior to the ordinary desk as a steamboat is to a canal boat”.

1876 City Directory Ad. In March of 1875, the Indianapolis Journal reported that the Wooton Desk Company would be expanding to 150 employees, and would move into larger quarters in a former piano factory at Merrill and New Jersey (where the Eli Lilly offices are now located). Production in this era reached its peak of about 150 desks per month. If that number seems relatively low, it was because desks were essentially made-to-order for each customer.

the 4 types of Wooton desks

Woot Woot for the Wooton- The King of Desks

By the end of 1874, Wooton had received a patent for what would become his most popular design, the Wooton Patent Cabinet Office Secretary. He officially changed the name of the business to the Wooton Desk Company, and moved to a location at 70 East Market Street . The beautiful Renaissance Revival style desks could be ordered in one of four types: Ordinary, Standard, Extra, and Superior grades, at a wide range of prices from $90 – $750

Indianapolis was the perfect location for manufacture of fine furnishings, as it was located in the middle of a heavily forested area of old growth hardwoods; in particular the black walnut, prized for its superior lumber. The city was also was situated on the National Road (now US Highway 40) and on railroad lines heading to Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Cleveland, allowing for nationwide distribution.

Woot Woot for the Wooton- The King of Desks

William S. Wooton was born in Ohio in 1835, and perfected his skills in furniture design at George A. Grant and Company of Richmond, Indiana. He established the Wooton Desk Company in 1870, opening an office for his staff of four at 115 East Washington Street in Indianapolis.

Woot Woot for the Wooton- The King of Desks

This “complete office in a desk” even had a letter slot for notes and mail delivered after hours.

Wooton’s Office Secretary, patented in 1874, featured 110 letterboxes and cubbyholes to contain the businessman’s important papers and tools of correspondence — all of which could be reached from a seated position. When the work day was through, the sides of the desk could swing shut, and be locked securely to insure privacy.

Sold for $600 in 2006. Wooten/Wooten desk pigeon hole boxes, full set of 40 of the most common size, a hard-to-find commodity, c.1890's, ea. 3.875" x 4.125"W, VG c...

1376: Wooton desk pigeon hole boxes, full set of 40 of : Lot 1376

Sold for $3,750 in Dec. 2010. Rare 19th C. American Walnut Wooten's Rotary Desk Flat top Victorian Desk made by the self proclaimed King of Desk Makers. It has a tag marked "Wooton's Rotary Desk, patented." Each side of the desk swings out providing organized filing space. Walnut Burl Wood was used on all sides of the desk. Original Victorian Hardware and Red Leather Top. Desk measures 32.5” x 60.” The desk is 31 ” tall. 86" wide when opened. All cubbyhole inserts appear to be original

Sold for $2,250 in March of 2013 Sliding tambour panel covers the assortment of pigeon holes and the leather inset writing surface, with three frieze drawers below, the base with rotary cabinets to each side, holding letter slots, drawers and pull out compartments. Height 42 1/2, width 59, depth 34 1/4 in.

Sold for $1,900 in July 2012 An American Renaissance Walnut and Burled Wooten Desk, inset oilcloth top, three drawers and slide on one side, two drawers on the opposite side, rotary storage cabinet base, one side for files, other with cubbyholes, molded base, height 31 1/2 in., width 59 1/2 in., depth 28 3/4 in

Sold for $1,100 in Dec. 2013 Wooton Rotary Desk circa 1880s, (replaced hardware) walnut, sometimes referred to as "The Lawyers Own,'' composed of a rectangular top surfaced in tooled leather over two pedestals which swing open to reveal file boxes and cubbyholes. Wooten plaque affixed to upper right revolving pedestal. 31 x 59.5 x 32.5 in.

Sold for $1,500 in Oct. 2013. A Wooten style American Victorian walnut flat top desk circa 1880. Ht: 31" Width: 57" Depth: 33"

This is exactly like mine

Sold For $2,750 in 2013 Patented Wooten Victorian Desk, Ca. 1870 43"" H x 59"" L x 36"" D

36: Patented Wooten Victorian Desk : Lot 36