Villa Valencia finish with warm brown and rose undertones.
Turned pedestal legs
Heavily distressed finish
Footprint 42L x 32H x 19W
Knee hole 20 x 20
Cabinets 8W x 17L
Writing/keyboard extension 20W x 17L
This piece can be dated circa 1930’s because beginning in the late 1920s, Hekman used a modified shield shape in red, surrounding a large white “H” inside (shown here). In the 1940s the company switched to a large “H” containing the name “HEKMAN,” surrounded by a laurel wreath.
The source, with permission of the author, is Grand Rapids Furniture: The Story of America’s Furniture City by Christian G. Carron, published by the Grand Rapids Public Museum. 1998.
This unique writing desk has seen its own history. The turned pedestal legs show evidence of scorching from indirect heat or flame. The cabinet hinges were restored but the original pulls and flip top hinges were melted. They were replace with period brass and porcelain pulls and invisible hinges.