The Stories It Could Tell

Since my early adulthood, I’ve been a fan of old furniture, preferably oak and pine. As with many things, those old pieces seem to be of better quality than anything you can find in furniture stores these days. And they all have stories, which, sadly, they’re unable to tell us.

In previous posts,  I’ve shared photos and stories of some of the items in our home. A few things have family connections, such as this old table, and, of course, those are the most treasured.

There’s a wonderful little vintage shop in our town, and a couple of weeks ago, I stopped in for a visit. I was smitten with an adorable desk. ( Motor Man bought it for me…. oh, shall we say for…. Saint Patrick’s Day???)

The glass in the mirror is beveled, which is a good sign that the desk is rather old. The next picture shows the center space below the mirror.  The “My Trip book was the subject of this blog post.  The story about that little book is worth reading (or re-reading).  The glasses belonged to my dad, who passed away when I was an infant.

That center section folds out to provide a writing surface.

And, apparently at some time in the past, there was a little ink mishap…or two. Just imagine all the handwritten letters that may have been penned on this surface in years past.

The doors in the bottom section open up to reveal an interesting little storage area.  The wooden box isn’t part of the desk, but seems to fit well there.

Whenever we acquire an old piece of furniture, I can’t help but wonder about the folks who owned and loved it in the past.

If only we knew the stories this old desk could tell.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

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10 responses to “The Stories It Could Tell

  1. What a gorgeous desk! When you’ve talked about acquiring an “old desk” recently I never pictured something this interesting and grand – I just “saw” an old but beautifully kept desk. This is much more – it’s a piece of art. I love all the detail and carving. The wooden box you added – along with the “accessories” of lamp, old books, etc. are perfect. Well done my friend! Your interior decorator talent is showing………!

    Pam

  2. Love it! I’ve never seen one with a mirror. Hmmm

  3. So very beautiful! I love old furniture too and have the secretary desk that belonged to my in-laws. I treasure it! Your new/old piece is fascinating and like you, it sets my imagination to wondering what stories it could tell.

  4. It’s amazing how you can take such a beautiful and interesting piece of old furniture and use period accents to enhance the overall look. You are so talented! BTW, sorry to hear about Motor Man’s unfortunate incident. Hope all goes well with his healing process.

    On Wednesday, March 27, 2019, these days of mine wrote:

    > Dianna posted: “Since my early adulthood, I’ve been a fan of old > furniture, preferably oak and pine. As with many things, those old pieces > seem to be of better quality than anything you can find in furniture stores > these days. And they all have stories, which, sadly, the” >

  5. What a marvelous find. That desk really does seem to have fascinating stories from the past. You have a great eye and Motor Man was a gem to get that for you.

  6. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Needless to say, Dianna, I love it and know the wonderful and best vintage shop you purchased it from. It has certainly found the right spot in the right home.

  7. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Also what a perfect touch of your Dad’s glasses. So very special.

  8. O how BEAUTIFUL!!! You know that I share your affinity for old furniture – oak is a favorite of mine too. I have my Granddad’s Oak Roll Top Desk. It holds special fondness for me because I remember sitting under it in the kneehole as a small child. And I’m just a THRILLED that you have that Oak Table. Both pieces have an appreciative home.

  9. That’s a beauty, Dianna!

  10. That’s a beautiful piece of furniture and you found the perfect place for it! I love the accents you placed with it and how you took it upon yourself to tell its story to us 🙂 Sweetness!

    My middle sister and I shared a dresser as girls ~ it had many skinny drawers and a large open compartment with a door (sort of like a tiny closet) – it was painted a pale yellow ~ I’ve longed for one ever since and have no idea what happened to it. This post took me right back there, thank you!
    MJ

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