Medium: One of a Kind Hand Carved Antique Red Jarrah Wood and Brass Dimensions (feet): 2' x 3.5' x 3'* Dimensions (in): 20" x 42" x 32" Dimensions (cm): 51 x 107 x 81 Region: Zimbabwe, Southern Africa Approximate Age of Wood: 155 years (1868) Availability: In Stock, Available to Ship Immediately Item Number: F021 Collection: Furniture Tear Sheet: Available Upon Request Provenance Report: "Antique Secretary Desk" Condition: Excellent; Not previously owned; Undamaged Sourcing: Fair Trade Certificate of Authenticity Provided
The Antique Railroad Secretary Desk is a sleek, elegant, incredible, rare, handmade, authentic piece from Zimbabwe. It features one full size drawer, four tapered legs, and charming metal hardware.
The wood specifically is Red Jarrah Wood, a wood indigenous to Australia, which was brought to Zimbabwe 150 years ago for the construction of railroad tracks. Post-Colonialism, the railroads were demolished, and the wood from the railroad tracks were upcycled for the construction of our beautiful furniture collection. Remarkably, you can see the spikes from the railroads in each piece in our collection. Red Jarrah is also an endangered species of wood and almost impossible to find. In fact, York's Shona Gallery is the only outlet where you can find Jarrah furniture in the United States.
The wood is extremely dense and solid, meaning there isn't a scrap of plywood anywhere to be found in this luxurious desk. We assure you this piece is of the highest quality, and will last not only your life, but your children, your grandchildren, and great grandchildren. The engineering of the product is even more impressive, as it is made without any screws. Red Jarrah dowels are hand placed for structural integrity, making this piece exponentially stronger than conventional furniture which uses screws made of commercial base metal.
Additionally, the piece is worry-free. It comes fully assembled, and absolutely no maintenance is required while you’re using it. The luster and unique finish of the Jarrah will remain intact for many years.
Please note this piece is sourced 100% fair trade from our friends in Zimbabwe. We at York's Shona Gallery are a small family business and each of our pieces are hand crafted by small businesses in Africa. These are folks we have known for over 30 years and have great relationships with. We humbly donate a portion of each purchase to fund education and hunger initiatives across the African continent.
Each piece is stamped for authenticity on the piece itself and comes with a certificate of authenticity for your records. Please click “Request Price” if you are interested and our customer service team with contact you with prompt, friendly service.
*Dimensions in feet are rounded. Please see Dimensions in inches/cm for exact measurements
The Story More than a century ago, Jarrah wood was imported to Africa from Australia to build railways. These railways ploughed across Africa, swallowing up unlimited amounts of precious hardwoods which had been growing and maturing since ancient times. Since Jarrah wood is an immensely dense timber, it was subjected to the full rigors of a sub-tropical climate. Nature herself stamped each sleeper with its own individual character. Its distinctive blend of beauty and practicality lends it to use for both elegant furniture and innovative construction. Jarrah is an excellent choice for everything from tables and desks, to countertops and cabinets, to headboards and doors.
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