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Antique Drafting Tables

 
 

Antique Drafting Tables

Frederick Post

Keuffel & Esser

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Frederick Post Antique Drafting Tables

1925 Frederick Post Antique Table  with Drawing Arm and DrawerElegance and Simplicity: A Pre-War Hallmark

Of all the cast iron drafting table manufacturers, The Frederick Post Company's top of the line table featured the most sophisticated mechanism for adjusting the table height.  Spare clean lines combined with stout cast iron feet offered a pleasing combination of airiness and solidity.  Though large, these tables occupy less visual space than their modern counterparts. These antique drafting tables make ideal studio design furniture for professional designers, artists and architects.

Antique Drafting Table Drawer AttachmentTool Drawers - A Hard to Find Accessory

Elegant tool drawers occasionally accompanied these pieces.  These optional add-ons were surprisingly delicate and it is quite rare to find one in good condition - or to find one at all!

 


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Item 525.4 - Frederick Post Antique Drafting Table

   

This especially nice Frederick Post table has an exquisite and unusually fine drawing surface, exceptionally clean and smooth for its age.  The table top was refinished in the late 1960's and the table was little used subsequently, so it avoided the fate of many other drawing surfaces which wound up being little better than thumbtack holders for careless office workers.  As drafting hand work shifted from illustration to digitalization, many of these fine American pieces were treated with less than loving care.  It is delightful to see one in such superb condition.  Frederick Post tables are characterized by a well-designed rack and pinion mechanism which allows the drawing surface to be easily raised and lowered simply by turning the hand crank. Likewise, the angle of the surface can be easily changed to accommodate the needs of the user.  Highly recommended for architects and designers needing a large and commodious drawing surface.  The top measures  73 x 37 inches and the table height can be raised up to 45 inches

Price:  $2595.00

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Item 525.3 - Frederick Post Antique Drafting Table with Drawer

       Item 525.3 -Back Side of Drafting Table showing Vertical Adjustment   Item 525.3 - Rare Solid Oak Tool Drawer on Cast Iron Arm      Item 525.3 - Drafting Table Height Adjustment Hand Crank with Original Wooden Handle

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These Frederick Post Drafting Tables were manufactured during the first half of the 20th century.  With splendid cast iron bases and great detailing, these tables are still highly prized.  This one has the original top which measures 60 inches by 43 inches.  The ink stains are the result of years of use and add to its character, although refinishing is an option.  Tool drawers, such as the one shown, were add-ons at the time of purchase and most tables did not include them.  It is nice to see such a great drawer and arm included here.

The table height is adjustable from 34 inches to 47 inches.  The drawing surface adjusts through almost a complete right angle to accommodate the needs of virtually anyone.


Keuffel & Esser Antique Drafting Tables

The American Eagle - Classic 19th Century Design

The Keuffel & Esser Company, founded in 1867, was one of the great American Engineering and Drafting Supply Houses.  The American Eagle Drafting Table was a staple in their product line until the onset of World War II.  The design of the table remained unchanged from the time it was introduced in the late 19th century until the end of its product life.

The tables feature easy upward height adjustment by means of a central hand wheel.  A mechanical catch on the gearing mechanism prevents the table from sliding downward after being raised.  The slant of the drawing surface is adjusted by means of two rods which can be independently raised and lowered.


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Item 625.3 - Keuffel & Esser Antique Drafting Table

Splendidly refinished surfaces restore the orignal character of this American Eagle Antique Drafting Table  The Cast Iron Base retains most of its original paint - including elaborate handpainted gildingGilding details on the Cast Iron Base of Item 625.3 - Keuffel & Esser Drafting Table    Even the feet of this table were hand gilded!

This large and handsome table is well-suited for a designer.  The base retains most of its original paint with its unusual gilding.  Gilding details were painted on each table by hand and thus vary from table to table.  The artisan here must have had a bit of extra time on his (or perhaps hers) hands as there is extra gilding along the feet, edges and trim pieces. 

Like many tables from this era, the piece has been reworked.  The drawing surface, while likely manufactured by Keuffel & Esser, appears to be a circa 1950's replacement.  It still features light pine with underlying hardwood ledges, but the joints of this top are neither dove-tailed, nor tongue and groove, as were circa 1940's and earlier tops.   Improper storage has resulted in a slight warpage of the drawing surface, which can be corrected for by proper adjustment of the tilt mechanisms.

The large drawing surface measures 72 x 48 inches.

 

Price:  $2450.00

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Dietzgen Antique Drafting Tables

The Top of the Top

Dietzgen quickly moved to become a top rival to Keuffel & Esser.  Dietzgen went one step further than K+E to ratchet up the quality of their tables.  Like K+E tables, and unlike many cheaper imitations, the cast iron work was beautifully detailed to remove burrs and casting marks.  Dietzgen cast iron bases with their heavier weight and wider stance, offered the most stable foundation available.  These tables were wildly popular amongst architects of the day.  Similar tables can be seen at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin.

Dietzgen's drawing surfaces were also unrivalled in the industry.  Made from select pine, the best tops were fitted with hardwood ledges and had hardwood end caps.  Such tops, even today, retain excellent uniformity and make for wonderfully even drawing tables.

 


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Item 725.1 Dietzgen Antique Reticulating Drafting Table

        Dietzgen Drawing Stand

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This wonderful smaller drafting table was manufactured by the Eugene Dietzgen company and probably dates to between 1910 and 1935.  These tables were manufactured for students and as such were designed for smaller spaces.  The heavy cast iron base provides solid support.  The table top, made from quarter sawn oak, is lovely to look at and has been very well cared for.  A clever mechanism allows the top to adjust from a flat surface to an angled surface with a pencil tray. 

The drawing surface measures 25 inches x 22 inches .  The table adjusts in height from a low of 30 inches to a high of 45 inches.


Item 725.4  Dietzgen Antique Professional Grade Drafting Table

      Cast Iron Base Details showing color  The drawing urface can be altered to suit the needs of the user.

Few tables can match the quality offered by this spectacular Dietzgen drafting table.  With a stable base and beautifully refinished drawing surface, this handsome heirloom table will provide years of excellent service.  The drawing surface measures 72 x 48 inches.  The large wheel permits the top to be raised and lowered as needed. 

This table makes a beautiful and substantial statement.  Highly recommended for Professional Designers.

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Kolesch, Strelinger and Others

Item 825.2  Kolesch 19th Century Antique Drafting Table

        

A very unusual piece, circa 1900s.  The base is marked Youngstown.  The older table top shows signs of heavy use with multiple compass point holes.  Remnants of the hardware associated with the older style string and pulley parallel attachments are still affixed to the reverse side of the table.  The table relies on a curious spring mechanism and levers to to facilitate raising and lowering the drawing surface which measures 43 inches x 31 inches.   

Price: $1750.00 

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Woodworker's Special! A 1920's Cast Iron Base

  This great cast iron base is perfect for woodworkers looking to built a drafting table!    The cast iron base has recently been restored to the original period color 

This unusual base was manufactured by the Kolesch Company of New York in the early 1920's.  Long since separated from its top, the base has recently been restored to a period color and finish. 

Woodworkers, here is the perfect base for your workshop table.  Modern drafting table tops are no longer constructed using the superb woodworking techniques developed in days gone by.  But the skills to construct a superior drawing surface can still be found in the woodworking community.  This terrific period piece is ideally suited for your needs.  It 48 inches from end to end (including the crank) and can be adjusted from 36 to 48 inches in height.  The distance between the outside edges of table top supports measures 42 inches.  A minimum drawing surface width of 48 inches is recommended, but this table base can readily support surfaces up to 72 inches wide.  Need plans or surface construction details?  We cam supply accurate period dimensions and details of construction techniques.

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