Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Antique Wicker

We recently discovered this wonderful antique wicker desk for the store.
I love the small size and the fact that it's till wearing the original paint,
worn and full of charm. What makes this old desk even more special is that it was made right here in San Diego. It has the stamped plate on the underside from the downtown store on 5th Avenue. We estimate it to be from the turn of the century.
The desk is on display now in our smaller window holding an antique typewriter.


Artsy Fartsy Junkin Finds said...

Love your wicker, just perfect and chippy!!! I will be back often, adore your blog!! Tootles, Janna

The Wicker Woman said...

Hi Girls,

I agree that this little wicker desk you have in the store is darling. And here's a bit of history on it and the era this wicker piece was made.

Since it's made of paper fibre wicker, that dates it to no earlier than 1904, when the man-made paper wicker product was invented. And no later than 1940, when the wicker industry really tanked in popularity and became obsolete.

Although my educated guess would be that it was made in the 1930s, based on the design.

And if there's anyway to see the ends of the strands, check for a metal wire core on the vertical support strands. That would cement the era to the 1930s-1940s, because the wire core was invented around that time, possibly a bit earlier, but very popular then.

For more information and hints and tips on caring for your antique/collectible wicker furniture, be sure to check out my website and blog.

The Wicker Woman-Cathryn Peters

The Attic said...

Hi Wicker Woman! Love your name. Thank you for the comment. So very kind of you to share your wealth of information!