It is most rare to find a desk of this size; it was obviously a
custom order. This came out of the inventory of a major Connecticut
dealer, John Walton, and is in superb condition, with no alterations or modifications whatsoever. It retains its
original side pulls, which the Seymours of Boston used on many
casepieces. John Seymour (Thomas Seymour's father) is connected to the firm's earlier, less
elaborate casepieces, (see Catalog Entry #1 p. 136 - The Furniture Masterworks of John and Thomas Seymour, by Robert D. Mussey) so this
piece has a possibility of his hand, as it shows the work of a sensitive
artisan in wood choice, note the burl veneer on the top of the lid and
top section of the case piece, illustrated below. Also note the very
delicate molding stripe at the bottom of the case, etc.
This piece has been French Polished and waxed over its older surface, and has a lovely patina; it is a precious small scale tambour desk.
below, please find an image of early signature work in pencil script on
the side of an interior drawer, telling us that "this desk belongs to