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October 14, 2012

Larkin Desks


In my search for "treasures" this past weekend I found this beautiful desk.   The tag was marked "Larkin desk".  I bought it for my bedroom and couldn't wait  to do a Google search for its history.
They were built in the late 1800's as premium gifts from the Sweet Home Soap company which was owned by John Larkin.  Housewives sold the soap to their neighbors and friends and were rewarded with certificates that they could redeem for a beautiful oak desk.  Most of the desks are larger than mine and have oval mirrors at the top.

I see Larkin desks frequently in antique shops.  You can identify them by the beautiful oak wood and ornate trim.  Because there are so many available, they are not terribly expensive.


7 comments:

  1. I like that - I don;t know the name but it is pretty.

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  2. VERY pretty. Love the natural wood!
    How is your search for a home for the corgi girl going?

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  3. If you didn't see yesterdays post re missing furry friend can you pop by and see if you can help. Anything we can do will be greatly appreciated. Have a happy Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  4. Very pretty and an interesting history.

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  5. A lovely find with an interesting history. I can tell how much you enjoy these searching for treasures shopping trips. Hope all the doggies are OK.

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