This bookcase/desk is known as a Larkin Desk. It was manufactured by the Larkin Soap Company around the turn of the 20th century and was sold through catalogs as the Chautauqua Desk.
Restoration for this Larkin Desk started with removing the beveled glass mirror to keep it safe.
Next, I glued and clamped the broken drop-lid and loose case.
Some of the carvings were also re-glued, and the small shelf above the mirror was set back in place.
I then re-attached the drop-lid with new pivot screws. These took a lot of time to position correctly, keeping in mind that the lid had to be aligned when closed, and then flush with the shelf when open.
Once the lid was on, new support chains were installed, and a new back panel was fitted and colored to match.
Reconditioning the existing finish consisted of cleaning and some color work on the faded areas. A couple coats of shellac were then applied, rubbed and waxed.
To complete this project, the mirror was re-installed and a new key was fitted for the lock.
This Larkin desk was restored for a Falls Village CT client.