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Re: roll-top desk

Posted By: Evan Lloyd <evanlloyd@shaw.ca> (h24-65-6-4.gv.shawcable.net)
Date: 1/17/2 17:42

In Response To: Re: roll-top desk (Jim Cole)

The tamber on my old oak roll top was originally held together by three very thin, one-inch strips of copper or other such flexible metal. This was actually threaded through the centre of each individual slat, and held in place with a few tiny brads on each piece. This assembly was thus invisible - until of course it broke - likely as a result of metal fatigue.

I assume this is next to impossible to repair and I shold look at applying a canvass backing to the whole tamber.

What does this metal assembly suggest about the age of this piece, which I've always assumed to be early 20 century?

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