Coffee, End Tables, Desks and Other Pieces

These are pictures of an end table owned by Pete Messimer. Pete tells me t is a cherry side table with a single drawer at the top and a shelf at the bottom. It is 28" high, 16" deep and 17 1/2" across. The top has four round pegs, coming through from above the drawer. They have been sanded flush to become part of the top (a little bit like some Stickley pieces), The top is not flat--the edges are sloped a bit--not with a router bit, but rather as though they were hit with a sander. Their pattern is consistent, though, around the front and sides (not back) of the top. The legs are basically square, but they have been turned in several places to soften the look. They slope in slightly at the top, giving a slight pyramid look to the piece. Overall, it has the appearance that it was built with Stickley in mind.

The inside of the drawer is stamped in black--Consider H Willett, Inc and has the picture of the lady in the big dress standing in front of the dresser. Not the red or the metal plaque that you would expect to see.

The back has a brass strip nailed in, with the number 15157 stamped on it--this is the first Willett piece that he has seen with a number It's a well worn piece, with damage to the tongue and groove on the drawer.

This is a Willett desk Rebecca Beatty spotted on her recent visit to the Louisville Antiques Mall. It lacks the rope trim, but Rebecca tells me there was another that had the rope trim.

This is a little Willett coffee table mentioned above that was for sale on ebay. The legs are ordinary turnings, not spiral

This is a Willett Coffee table owned by Rebecca Beatty. It is quite different in design, with a double shelf (photo courtesy Rebecca Beatty)

This is a Willett End table owned by Rebecca Beatty. (photo courtesy Rebecca Beatty)

This is an end table Rebecca Beatty purchased on a January, 2002 e-bay auction. It is clearly marked as part of the "Transitional" collection as is illustrated in the Better Homes and Garden ad, above.

This is a plate rack, unmarked, though thought to be Willett according to the e-bay seller.