Finally! My own personal space. I've been hunting for a vintage secretary since we moved into our house. I scoured Craigslist and each time I found one I liked it was snatched up in minutes. Finally I gave up...until I decided to look one last time, and then Bam! Mission accomplished!
I bought this piece last weekend from a technologically challenged but feisty older lady that played hard to get. I was persistent. I had to submit to two in-person interviews before she would part with it and I'm pretty sure if she didn't like what she heard she would have kindly sent me on my way. She told me lots of stories about how this was her parent's first "real" piece of furniture, bought in Chicago around 1925, how she did her homework here as a child, how we can't fill in the dent on the front because it holds sentimental value (for her!) although she can't remember why, and how she was going to give it to her brother when she downsized but he died so, you know, that didn't work out.
I did some quick research online, and while the piece is good quality, and old, it certainly isn't rare or all that valuable. This piece was considered a mass-produced reproduction back in the day. But it is mahogany, in great condition, original finish, and exactly what I was looking for. Having grown up with a Chris-Craft and having refinished the wood in my Boston Whaler every couple of years I have a soft spot for mahogany.
I hope it turns out to be a pretty space that I use and not a cluttered mess like the rest of my spots around the house. I'm sure Bernie would like that as well.