Fantastic Victorian "Shannon File Co, Rochester NY" Desk/Bureau (tambour front)

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  • Item Category: Furniture & Furnishings
  • Source: eBay UK
  • Sold Date: Jun 17,2012
  • Channel: Online Auction
SHANNON FILE COMPANY LTD Shannon Desk (Bureau)
You are bidding on this wonderful wooden piece of furniture which is made by the famous company "Shannon" who have created pieces of quality office furniture in the 1880s. The lower half has a tambour front which opens smoothly to reveal several small drawers and four larger drawers. Two of the larger drawers have inside them the heavy metal Shannon Arch file which is embossed with: "Shannon File Co. Limited, Rochester, N.Y." and attached to them are the original card Index and advertisements for the Shannon File Co Binding Case and Filing Cabinet. These are really fun and I have seen the lever arch being sold as a piece on its own with the following info: According to a 1909 history of the Yawman & Erbe Mfg. Co., "About 1877 a contrivance called the Shannon Arch File, for filing letters, bills, and other papers, was invented, patented, and put on the market by a Mr. James Shannon...consisting of a board, an arch, a compressor cover, an index, and a perforator. During the year 1883, the Shannon Arch File, with all its patents and other rights, was purchased by a Rochester concern...
The top half of the desk/bureau folds forward and becomes the desk with blue felt covering. This felt is in very worn condition with a piece missing as can be seen. There are various compartments for stationery etc.
Apart from this the piece is in good condition for its age (obviously it has been worn here and there - its over a 100 years old!) and I think is a rare find. It has both keys for top and bottom sections which are in working order so can be locked shut. The drawer pull handles are a little on the loose side. This piece of furniture does not separate in any way and is a heavy piece -so be sure you can move/transport it before bidding.
COLLECTION IS FROM NEW MALDEN Please note you will need to communicate with me to arrange a suitable collection time. I can usually do collections between 10am and 1.30pm during the week. If you know this doesn't suit please contact me before auction end (could discuss weekends or after 7.30pm).
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Collection only due to size
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