This project was created and built for a client near Los Angeles. He is a huge fan of the Lonesome Dove book and mini-series. The fill items shown in the Lonesome Dove/Hat Creek Cattle Company mesquite desk were chosen to reflect the dangers of cattle ranching and life in general in South Texas during that time period.
The 3" thick, 3' x 6' mesquite slab top of this desk was harvested from the Leoncita Creek bottom near Lonesome Dove, Texas and dated by scientists from a major Texas university as over 300 years old.
The bullet inlaid is estimated to be 120+ years old. The bullet was discovered during the process of milling the tree for the desktop.
The first Texas Ranger badges were made for individual Rangers from Mexican coins at their request. These badges identified Rangers in the midst of feuds and disputes that might involve several different entities. There was a great variety of badges worn during this period. The badge shown in the desk is a handcrafted replica of an early Ranger badge.
The antique square nail was also discovered during the milling process. The nail is a type used well over 100 years ago on South Texas ranches.
Texas has 18 species of scorpions. The scorpions shown are the striped back scorpion common to South Texas.
The "Hat Creek Cattle Company" engraving on the front of the modesty panel was done by CNC and shares the heritage of the State Seal of Texas.
Dimensions: Custom (3" thick, 3'x6' top)