Superior Grade Wooton Patent Secretary with Carved Winged Griffin Gallery. A HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT DESK ON LOAN TO THE INDIANA STATE MUSEUM. Antiquarian Traders has loaned this extant example of a Wooton Superior Grade desk with the winged griffin gallery. Matches the original catalogue in 1874 and is the only one to survive. We are proud to share it with the hundreds of thousands of visitors in Indianapolis where it was produced.
The History of the Wooton Desk. These elaborate desks were designed and patented by William S.
Wooton, born in 1835, the eighth of thirteen children. Patent in 1868 (#83,896). His most important patent #155,604 was granted on October 6, 1874 for "Wooton's Patent Cabinet Office Secretary".
This ingenuity lead to full scale production in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1874 and continued through 1891, although Wooton retired and became a preacher in 1884. He died in 1907 at the age of 72. Wooton's patents merged fine hand craftsmanship with the new technologies of the Industrial Revolution. The design of the desks provided an ingenious solution to the businessman's increasing problem of organization to keep up with the rapid expansion and growing complexity of business during this historical period.
Wootons list of recorded customers demonstrates his accurate assessment of the businessman's needs and the historical importance these desks played in the formation of American commerce. Presidents Grant, Garfield, Harrison, Queen Victoria, John D. Rockefeller, Joseph Scribner and Jay Gould were but a few of the luminaries who depended upon these desks to organize their daily routine. Probably the most recognized piece of the Victorian Era, the Wooton desk is the centerpiece of any 19th century American furniture exhibition.
Most museums have The Desk of the Age in their collection. A 94 page book, published in 1983 by the Indiana State and Oakland Museums, is devoted solely to the history of the Wooton Desk Company and the evolution of 19th Century office. Dimensions when open: 76"H x 84"W x 37D Antiquarian Traders Inventory #0271.The item "Extant Wooton Patent Secretary, Superior Grade, Very Rare #0271" is in sale since Thursday, September 25, 2008. This item is in the category "Antiques\Furniture\Desks & Secretaries". The seller is "antiquesfromantiquariantraders" and is located in Beverly Hills, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.