Table/Desk

When Stephen Hedges patented this extraordinary Table/Desk in April 1854, he could not have imagined he was creating a design that would be linked to one of the country's most colorful historical figures. The invention was described by Hedges as "A new and useful Piece of Furniture, Intended to Serve as a Table Alone or as Chair and Table combined." What he claimed as unique was the manner of hinging "a table of ordinary construction" with a chair to form a small stand, writing desk, and chair in one. Even though the patent was issued 18 years after Burr's death, the desk became forever known as The Aaron Burr Desk.

The design appealed to me, mostly for the challenge of engineering and building it, but also because it had the large panels in the apron which were perfect for marquetry, i.e., a Full-Dress desk.

This may well be the first one of these built in 100 years, although of course there is no way to tell for sure.

Dimensions: 36" W x 30" D x 29" H

More Projects Like This

Also Appears In