Burl Walnut File Cabinet with Brown Leather


This burl walnut file cabinet was recently hand-crafted in England by an Old World style cabinetmaker. Having plied his family trade all of his life–the third generation to do so–he has perfected an elaborate finishing process that enriches and protects the natural beauty of the wood. The burl walnut has been hand-distressed using iron and stones to lend it a genuine character. It was then stained, given several coats of finish, and finally hand-rubbed with several coats of wax, which can be reapplied twice a year for repair and maintenance.

The solid brass escutcheons and swan neck pulls were crafted by another English craftsman for application in fine furniture–the same way that file cabinets like this have been made for generations. The brass hardware contrasts beautifully with the burl walnut, forming a lovely complement to the wood, with its complex grain and lustrous finish. As a final and crowning adornment, thick, brown cowhide leather has been inlaid into the top and given an embossed border traced on the outside by gold tooling.

The result is a stunning array of details that would suit the finest of English furniture collections. In equal measure, this cabinet is also quite functional,┬ácombining antique style with modern usability. Each drawer slides smoothly on metal rails, accommodates legal- and letter-sizes files (hangers already installed), and locks with an accompanying set of period style skeleton keys. Finally, like all quality hand-crafted furniture, underneath the charming exterior lies a strong and durable structure. Such solid craftsmanship will keep this file cabinet beautiful and sturdy for many years to come–a truly heirloom-quality piece!

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