Roll Top Desks
Although we have no
production data available, we would speculate that the more common
pedestal style desks outnumbered the roll top models. However,
based on the number of contacts that we have had along with the examples
that have been offered for sale, the roll tops seem to have survived in
|This was reported as a
personal walnut roll-top desk of
J. Paul Getty. It was purchased by the Swaney family while
visiting Brighton, England in 1981. There are letters from the Getty Museum
that supports the history of ownership. This beautiful piece of mastery was manufactured by Doten-Dunton Desk Company, Boston,
Massachusetts. The brass plaque found in the desk is believed to
have belonged to J. Paul Getty's father. Getty, the oil tycoon,
inherited this from his father.
Measurements are 72 inches wide, 38 inches
deep, 30-1/2 inches floor to desk area and 42 inches to top. The
roll-down has a key.
sale on ebaY in December of 2000.
|This is another example of a
Doten-Dunton roll top desk. Made of solid mahogany, this
desk was used by the president of a well known insurance company
in New England until the 1960s when it was brought to his home.
The desk has the manufacturer's logo stamped inside each drawer
as shown in one picture. It is in reasonably good condition,
couple of drawer pull are chipped and the top needs some
restoration. The desk has the original finish. All sides and
bottoms of drawers are solid mahogany. We even have the original
mahogany dividers for inside the drawers. There is some damage
from moving: the strip of mahogany along the rear between the
desktop and upper drawers and cubbies has been cracked and
re-glued. It does not show when the desk is assembled, and has
been repaired professionally.
Along with the images
here is a link to a piece that is privately owned. They had
created a web site containing images and a history of their
here to visit and archived version of the site.