20TH CENTURY FEDERAL ANTIQUE STYLE BOSTON MAHOGANY INLAID TAMBOUR LADIES SECRETARY DESK ~ JOHN & THOMAS SEYMOUR REPRODUCTION
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Bay Colony Antiques is proud to offer for sale this stunning 20th century Federal antique style Boston mahogany tambour secretary desk. Period Boston secretary desks are among the most collectible pieces of furniture and we’ve had the pleasure of placing a few very choice pieces in public & private collections the last couple of years. We’re not sure if this is an exact copy of a desk in a museum or an amalgam of all the most desirable tambour desk features like the inlaid columns & the variegated wood tambours. The desk has inlaid bellflowers along the legs with string inlay and inlaid cuffs around the ankle. The drawers have cock bead molded faces with their original cornucopia brasses, locks, & escutcheons. The interior has 4 letter drawers and another drawer behind the center valence panel. The desk has a rare convex or swell front format & is in fantastic condition with our only note being very minimal surface wear. Period Boston examples from the Seymour shop seldom come to market and when they do they regularly sell for high 5 / low 6 figures. This is the chance to experience all of that elegance for a fraction of the cost. We couldn’t locate a makers mark on this but believe it was made in Boston some time in the 2nd/3rd quarter of the 20th century. The fine furniture trade was still alive in Boston in the early 20th century and custom cabinet makers still worked by hand to standards that could rival America’s golden age of cabinetry. Sadly the trade is slowly dying out and we only know a handful of cabinet makers still in business. The desk measures 36” wide x 18” deep x 47 1/2” tall. When the writing tab is open the depth goes from 18” to 25 1/2” with a work surface height of 32”.
We are a wholly owned family business in our third decade of continuous operation. We have a large inventory of fine antiques ranging from Early American, Federal, Chippendale, Empire, Centennial, Victorian, 20th Century custom mahogany, Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern antique furniture along with decorative arts from across the globe. All the items we offer to the general public are high quality estate pieces. We do not offer goods with significant flaws or defects. We completely avoid items with issues. You can expect the items we sell to have reasonable wear and tear. Due to the large volume of goods we deal in we cannot describe items in minutia. We do our best to give you an accurate condition report in our description of the items. We have expert woodworkers and re-finishers on staff to service any piece of furniture we offer. We represent all merchandise in absolute good faith and to the very best of our ability. Please ask all questions, including, but not limited to, shipping costs prior to purchase. All items are sold as is and from their location. If you would like to find out about any number of our services, including appraisals and restoration, please ask us about our website for more information.
SHIPPING & DELIVERIES
We deliver within a 250 mile range of zip code 01105 for a low cost flat rate. We specialize in New York City and Boston deliveries at extremely reasonable rates. For items requiring shipping beyond our delivery zone, we offer freight or “Ground Services” shipping, depending on the size of the items. We ship anywhere within the Continental United States. Items will require packaging and palletizing for freight shipments. The buyer is responsible for the cost of materials only for this service. We perform this service without the cost of labor as an appreciation for your patronage. Freight class shipping is the fastest and most cost effective method of shipping large items. We can reach anywhere in America with a large shipment within 7-10 business days. We buy materials in bulk to save you excessive costs. The materials required for proper crating of items for their safe transit is so specialized we may need up to 7-10 business days to make sure we get absolutely what is required & do the best job possible. We go the extra mile by designing premium customized furniture crates for the ultimate protection of your purchase. We ship from our facility with a loading dock on a major trucking artery. This and our “volume shippers” discount creates a substantial lower cost for you. The least expensive method of shipping is business to business with loading docks. Next is a business without a dock and the last option is shipping to a resident. We are sending your shipments with freight carriers. They are not furniture movers who bring the items into your home. You are provided with curbside delivery of your shipments. We can get you special services in certain cases, but you are responsible for telling us you require them and for the extra cost of these services, if you instruct our shippers to provide services beyond curbside deliveries. We are responsible for any additional services and charged for these services. We absolutely maintain our right to collect the costs of these charges for services we did not authorize or were prepaid for. We urge all customers to obtain special coverage and protection for their freight class shipments provided through our Freight Broker’s independent third party insurance coverage provider. In some cases it’s simply not needed, but on certain delicate shipments we have to insist upon it. Again the process is all designed to protect your investment and is an option offered for your protection.
MERCHANDISE PICK UP AND STORAGE
All our customers are welcome to come to our facility to pick up their purchases free of charge. You can expect friendly help in loading your purchase in your vehicle. We ask that you come ready to transport your purchase by having ample pads or blankets to protect your item in transit. We don’t like to send nice people off with things tied to roof racks. We also do not desire to charge storage fees, but we are holding some purchases for over three years now and are under no contract to. We are not a storage facility. We are happy to hold your items for a reasonable pre-agreed upon period. Beyond or absent any specified contract a $50.00 dollar per week storage fee will apply.
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