I finally get around to cleaning and organizing the roll-top deskBack during the summer when I was doing my last-minute participation in the Where Bloggers Create 2013 blog party hosted by Karen Valentine at My Desert Cottage I promised to do a tour of the antique oak roll-top desk which graces the office end of my studio. At the time, I presented a photo of it with the roll-top closed to conceal the extreme case of untidiness beneath.
I still did not get to it though, and the mess only grew.
Since I usually kept it closed anyway, it was easy to just keep letting the heap of papers, boxes, beads and other strange objects hidden beneath, grow. Aside from the mess, I also most often keep it closed to prevent the cats from making it into another place to sleep. I spend a great deal of time cleaning up cat hair as it is, and do not relish it amongst the nooks and crannies of my desk. One of our cats, Qetesh, also happens to be an inveterate magpie. She likes shinys, tubes of beads or pieces of jewelry, in fact any kind of bauble, especially if it will roll when pushed off of something.
Though to outward appearance, she is fat, lazy, amiable and innocent, experience has long since taught me not to leave things where she can get to them easily. When we moved this past year, I found a treasure trove of seed bead tubes, larger beads and metal findings hidden away beneath furniture and in out of the way corners of the basement where my former workspace was.
|Picture of the back of desk with it's interesting cubbies and drawers.|
The Derby Desk Company was established in Boston in 1870 but moved to Somerville, Massachusetts in the 1880s. By the time this print was made, about 1912, the company was described by the Somerville Board of Trade as "the largest manufacturing industry in the world devoted exclusively to the manufacture of office furniture. Occupying ten acres of floor space, it has made and sold over two million desks, and designed special and artistic furniture for the principal banks, libraries, public institutions, and corporations throughout the United States."
This desk is very deep. The drawers seem to go back almost forever. The file drawer has wooden dividers. There is an almost hidden compartment behind it. The shallow drawers all have adjustable dividers as well, and the center drawer is large and roomy.
I wanted to show a more detailed photo of the drawers from the top cubby. They are very much like scoops. I think they were probably sized for index card type files, but I am not sure. I finally made labels for them. It is my intent to eventually label and organize everything in my studio.
Though I am not sure how long this pristine state will last, here is a photo of my lovely and beloved desk, cleaned and organized. It will be nice to have a clear work surface for the time being. Now, I can start to think about doing something with the pile of unsorted lace, fabric and thrifted Christmas items at the other end of the room.
Have a great day and better week. Until next time...